Visit the most popular points in western Kyoto with a private guide
If you have a full day free in Kyoto, why not let me show you around the highlights of the city!
Leaving your hotel at Kyoto around 8:30, we visit Nijyo castle, Golden pavilion, Ryoanji temple, Tenryuji temple, and wander through Bamboo path in Arashiyama district. This tour covers most popular sightseeing points in western Kyoto. From the time frame view point, it covers the culture between 14th to 17th century, during over 1000 years of history of Kyoto as a capital of Japan.
In each season especially spring, early summer, and autumn, you can enjoy scenic views with beautiful foliage at each point. Especially Golden pavilion would never betray your expectation in any season. Also, you can try a little Zen meditation at Ryoanji temple. After enjoying Tenryuji temple garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, we wander through Bamboo path to the scenic site of Arashiyama.
At the conclusion of the tour, I will see you off at your hotel
Model itinerary : Meet at your hotel around 8:30 - Nijyo castle -Golden pavilion-(lunch)- Ryouanji temple -Tenryuji temple-Bamboo path- Arashiyama district - See you off at your hotel around 16:30.
Although above models are recommended, I can customize them according to your schedule. Just let me know your request.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Suggested by Guide: The lobby of Kyoto Granvia hotel
End Point Options: Hotel, Suggested by Guide: The lobby of Kyoto Granvia hotel
Duration: 8 hours
The duration of this tour is flexble in any seasons, 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.
In the basic plan, we will take bus,subway,and train to the nearest stops to the sites, and enjoy walking through the sites. Walking distance will be 9km or 6 miles per tour. If you would like light walking with shorter distance, we will take taxis for moving from site to site. On that occasion, the estimated local cash expense will be increased by about 2,000 yen per person from the original 5,000 yen to 7,000 yen.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5500 J.Yen - This is an expense per person. Payments include public transportation fare (bus,subway,and train), admissions for facilities and a lunch (around 1500 J.yen).Please keep it in mind that local restaurants basically do not accept a credit card, but cash only.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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This was our second day with Ken and we had our 16 year old daughter with us this time. Ken was as impressive on our second day as he was on our first day. He encouraged our daughter with her Japanese that she studies at home and was flexible to accommodate our requests. He is exceptionally knowledgable and polite and made our day extremely memorable. He managed a mix of public transport and taxis to ensure the best use of our time balance with efficient use of funds. He is amazing. Just book him!