Discover the wide variety of cultures at the ancient capital, Kyoto
This full-day tour offers you the opportunity to attract with wide varieties of Kyoto's culture as followings.
I will organize your own full day tour according to your requests. (Seasonal events, Maiko show, tea ceremony, Ninja experience).
Heart of the ancient capital
Kyoto Imperial Palace is located in the heart of Kyoto city where Japanese Emperors lived for about 500 years. It is the best place to start the sightseeing of the ancient capital city.
Nishiki food market known as the kitchen of Kyoto is the perfect place to enjoy its food culture.
If we don't go the market, I can also explain food culture at lunchtime.
Geisha (Maiko and Geiko)
Gion is one of the five flower districts in Kyoto. It is the place where you can feel a scene out of old Japan.
Buddhism and garden
Kyoto has many Buddhism temples and its beautiful gardens.
Shintoism and torii gate
Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine famous for its red gates is one of the most popular destinations in Japan.
- Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine
- Kyoto Imperial Palace※ or Nijo Castle
- Nishiki food market
- Kenninji temple
If you have any specific requests about cultural experience or seasonal events instead of the listed places, feel free to ask me in advance.
※Kyoto Imperial palace is closed on Monday (on the following day if it falls on a public holiday), the year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 - January 4). Any day when Imperial Court functions are scheduled or other unavoidable circumstances occur.
In the case if we have enough time, you also have chance to visit other temples such as Kenninji temple and Kiyomizu temple.
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: Usually my tour will end at 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.
Mainly use taxi or city bus, subway
Estimated Local Cash Needed
6000 yen - Lunch: from 2500 yen to 3000 yen per person (In the case of my recommendable local restaurant)
Transportation fee: around 1500 yen per person. (In the cae if we use one day pass for bus and subway)
※If you prefer to use taxi, you can take it according with the access to destinations and weather. Please note that some taxis don't accept credit card.
I am not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation during the tour.
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Koichi was an amazing tour guide. Extremely knowledgable about the entire city as well as many other topics and questions I had about Japan and Kyoto. He took me to great places based on the interests I gave him. And to top it off he helped me find a rare bottle of Japanese Whiskey and went above and beyond!