You can still visit 4 major sites in Kyoto, i.e. Nijyo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Fushimi-inari shrine, and Gion.
For traveler groups, with less than 4 members, who want to enjoy beautiful Kyoto by their own pace without rushing, this tour is ideally designed. You can optimize your time by taking taxis from site to site for most of the time, instead of using bus and/or subway with waiting time. (In Kyoto, taxis are easy to catch in the streets normally, except for rainy conditions. Also as this tour does not hire a taxi, you can save costs, i. e. for gas, parking, and fixed fees. ) Still we can visit 4 major sites, i. e. Nijyo castle, Golden Pavilion, Fushimi-inari shrine and Gion for 7 hours. One thing you have to keep in mind in Japan is that most taxis are legally allowed for 4 passenger ( though some are 5 ), with relatively smaller sized seats equipped. In other words, the ideal model for this tour is 3 adults group, or three adults plus one kid. If you have 4 adults ( plus one guide- do not forget me! ), we still can manage to take taxis, subject to the physical size of travelers for your accommodation.
Model itinerary : Meet at your hotel at 9:00 - (taxi)- Nijyo castle -(taxi)- Golden pavilion-(lunch)-(taxi)- Demachi Yanagi Keihan station - (Keihan Line)-Fushimi-inari shrine-(Keihan Line)-Gion Sijyo station-(walk)-Gion-(taxi) - See you off at your hotel around 16:00.
Although above models are recommended, I can customize them according to your schedule. Just let me know your request.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the lobby of your hotel in Kyoto.
End location: At the lobby of your hotel or wherever you want in Kyoto city.
Duration: 7 hours
The starting time of this tour is flexible in any seasons by 10:00 am, with the exemption of the special events that take place and may affect us in Kyoto. For example, Kyoto City marathon, or VIP visits with tight security etc.
For most of the tour part, we use taxis, though for a longer distanced site, i.e. Fushimi-inari shrine, we take a ride on Keihan Line. Walking distance will be 4 miles, pending on the visiting sites.
The tour price includes my services as your private tour guide during your trip and management on your schedule. General consultancy on your sightseeing in Japan. My transport expenses for the round trip from my home to your hotel, my meals, and my admissions to facilities are also included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5500 J.Yen - This is an expense per person, assuming 4 travelers. (6,000 J.Yen per person for 3 travelers, 7,000 J.Yen p.p. for 2.) Payments include public transportation fare (Keihan Line and taxi), admissions for facilities and a lunch (around 1500 J.yen) . Please keep it in mind that local facilities,taxis,and restaurants basically do not accept a credit card, but cash only.
Your transportation, admissions to facilities, and lunch are not included in the tour price. ( It is as stipulated per Estimated Local Cash Needed section.) Also, your purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, and snacks are extra.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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What an amazing day we spent with Ken. Highly recommend him. Knowledgeable, friendly and just a pleasure to guide us through Kyoto.