Kyoto West Side Story : Walk Samurai Roads with a Private History Guide


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Enjoy Kyoto culture, nature, history and food

This is the tour of samurai culture, history and spiritualism.
Kyoto was the birth and end place of samurai.
Their age lasted 700 years.
Samurai disappeared in the historical stage with the advent of Western civilization.
You never see samurai now, but still see samurai spirit live in Japan and people today.
Why has Bushido (the way of samurai) had a significant influence on current Japan?
Why does Zen meditation have many funs in the Western world?

This tour is full of attractions; world heritage sites, history, culture, scenic beauty and Japanese foods.

Destinations are as follows and will be decided according to your wishes.
Sanjusangendo Temple
Arashiyama Tenryuji and Bamboo Forest
Ryoanji Rock Garden
Golden Pavilion
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Nijo Castle

4 or 5 destinations are possible to visit in the above list.
But you can go around more if you use one or two taxies in the city.
Please write to me. I'll make the best tour plan for you.


- Sanjusangendo
option : Sado (traditional tea ceremony)
- Tenryuji Arashiyama
- Ryoanji
- Golden Pavilion

The itinerary can be changed according to your wishes.
Please let me know if you have other ideas about your Kyoto tour.
When a destination on the itinerary is closed, another option will be offered.

If meeting at the cruise terminal in Osaka or Kobe, please note that it takes about 50 minutes to reach Kyoto from the Osaka cruise port, and 50 minutes back, so this will reduce out time to tour in Kyoto. 90 minutes to/from the Kobe cruise port.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel

Duration: 9 hours


This is a moderate walking tour using public transportation, like subways or buses.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Other: My service as your private guide. It also includes my own expenses (transportation to and from the meeting place, lunch and entrance fees).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

4000 yen - 2000 yen/person
- admission fee (Sanjusangendo 600 yen, Tenryuji 800 yen, Ryoanji 500 yen,
- Transportation fee (1000 yen) : subway, bus.
one taxis : 2000 yen
- Lunch 1000 yen
- When you stay in Osaka, additional transportation fares are necessary (about 3000 yen).

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Public Transportation Tickets
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: - - Pick up service at a hotel in Kobe or Kobe cruise port, at a hotel in Osaka or Osaka cruise port (3000 yen) :


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Masaki was professional,knowledgeable, and flexible which makes for a great tour.
Robert Miller

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Private tour guide Masaki

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