Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, Religious Heritage, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (advanced), Japanese (fluent)

Visit Golden Pavilion and Bamboo forest of Arashiyama

Kinkakuji temple
Here is one of the most photogenic for the Golden Pavilion with its reflection in the pond.
The pavilion consists of three different types of architecture.

Tenryuji temple (Optional)
It was built by the grandfather of the founder of the golden pavilion to pray for peace.
Its UNESCO World Heritage garden is one of the most famous Japanese gardens.

Bamboo forest
Arashiyama is the place where not only we can enjoy the feeling of the history but also we can enjoy nature.
Bamboo forest is one of the popular sightseeing spots and the heart of Japan.

Lunch at hidden gem (Only in case there is availability for us)
Since Arashiyama is always bustling with many tourists, making a reservation for the lunch is recommendable.
Following is my recommendable restaurants in Arashiyama
Shoraian famous for its Kaiseki lunch (Need to make reservation in advance)
Daizen famous for Bamboo leaves Sushi.

Monkey Park(Optional)
It is an enjoyable place to interact with monkeys at a close distance.


-Kinkakuji Golden temple
-Ryoanji temple (Optional)
・Tenryuji temple garden(optional)
・Bamboo forest
・Togetsukyo bridge
・Monkey park (optional).

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meet at your accommodation (hotel/ryokan) or the Central entrance of JR Kyoto station in the morning.

End location: Kyoto station or your hotel or convenient place for your dinner such as Gion
In the case you don't know how to get back to your hotel, I will show you the direction.

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.


Public transport

What’s Included

Other: -Professional guiding
-Photograph(I can take photos of you during the tour with my DSLR camera and then email them to you after the tour)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5000 yen - Comment: Lunch: from 800 yen to 5000 yen per person (In the case of Kaiseki lunch/ It accepts Visa or MC card)
Following is choices of lunch:
Okonomiyaki: Costs around 800 yen per person
Sushi: Costs around 2000 yen per person
Tofu kaiseki: Costs around 4000 yen per person (Requires reservation in advance)

Transportation fee: around 1800 yen per person
Depends on the way of the transportation. Please feel free to ask me about the fee of transportation.

What’s Extra

Other: -Admission fee
・Kinkakuji: 400yen per person
・Tenryuji garden: 500 yen per person
・Monkey park:550 yen per person
-Food and drinks, and other travel costs
-Your own travel insurance
-Cultural experience fee.


I am not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation during the tour.

A Recent Review of this tour

Our family had a very enjoyable and educational tour with Koichi. Koichi is knowledgeable about history and interesting facts about Kyoto and Japan. The pace of the tour was just right and he gave a very nice recommendation for a traditional Kyoto lunch. He also took great photos for our family which is a big plus for our day. Overall, a great experience and highly recommended!
Shih K.

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