Your Kyoto Private Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



Japanese (fluent), English (fluent)

Explore Kyoto in your own way on this Full Day Tour

Good flavor of Kyoto in your very own way on this Full Day Tour.

Embedded in centuries of history and culture, Kyoto offers too many choices for travelers.
This tour makes it easy for you.
Please tell me your interest, and I will make an itinerary exclusively for you.
For example,

History/Architecture: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kinkaku Temple
Traditional/Modern Culture: Gion, Downtown Walk, Nishiki Market
Nature: Arashiyama, The Bamboo Groves, Monkey Mountain, Philosopher's Path

But of course not limited to these.
Each place mentioned above is quite big, and there are always interesting off the beaten paths.
I will introduce these hidden gems, and a lot of photogenic spots.
Time allowing I'm always happy to show you more places around the area we are visiting whether it's a historic sites, beautiful photo spots, or nice cafes etc. . .

8-hour walking tour using public transportation.


The tour usually covers 3 to 5 major sites depending on your interest.
I will come up with an efficient itinerary so you can get the most in your limited time.

If you are the first timer, I'd recommend some of these must-see sites:

-Fushimi Inari Shrine (History/View): The most popular shrines with 10000 bright red Torii Gates.
-Kiyomizu Temple (History/Architecture/View): The most popular temples with the panoramic veranda.
-Gion (Culture): Fascinating and mysterious stories of Geisha.
-Nijo Castle (History/Architecture): One of the most important sites in Japanese history. Witness the prime and the end of the Samurai period.
-Arashiyama (Nature/View): Beautiful nature with great shopping streets for crafts and street food including the famous bamboo forest.
-Kinkaku Temple (History/Architecture): The golden pavilion in the heavenly garden.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.


On foot with public transportation, taxis recommended to some sites.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Other: Hotel or Station Pick-Up in Kyoto

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5000 JPY - Rough estimate per person as it varies depending on sites, hotel location, and lunch.
-Admission to sites: 1500JPY (about 500JPY/site/person)
-Transportation: 2000JPY
(In case taxis are used, it costs about 600 to 3000JPY. Also 2 taxis are necessary if there is more than 5 people including guide.)
-Lunch 1500JPY (for casual lunch)

What’s Extra

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

Other: admission fee
transportation fares


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 "Makoon" was absolutely terrific!!! We met him at the train station in Kyoto for a private tour just my husband and myself. He took us to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, then the Kiyomizu Temple. We got to walk all around the fun area called Higashiyama walk. Had a great "locals restaurant " for lunch sushi. Then took taxi to The famous Kinkaku Temple (Golden Pavilion)! Then took another taxi to Arashiyama area saw the Bamboo Forrest! A truly amazing day with Makoon and we loved him as our guide!!
Raymond D.

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