Enjoy the breathtaking autumn colors in Kyoto with a private guide
Kyoto is very famous for its beautiful autumn foliage. People have enjoyed spectacular reds, oranges, and yellows leaves in various spots since the Heian period. (794-1185)
Leaves start turning colors from late October and the peaks of autumn color is from mid-November to early December.
During the peak of the season, you can enjoy breathtaking night time illumination of the trees in their autumn glory as well as spectacular daytime viewing in many temples, shrines, and parks.
Even if the nature's pallete of fall colors are on their way to add color to trees or shrubs, beautiful gardens of each place entertain the eyes with their own beauty.
This tour is available only from the last week of October to the first week of December. Depending on temperatures during the preceding months, the timing of the autumn leaf season can vary by a few days to one or two weeks from year to year.
(The photos on this page were taken in the 3rd week of November. )
Below are some recommended courses:
1. Kiyomizu temple (now main hall has been under restoration work), Sannenzaka, Ninenzaka, Kodai-ji temple, Entokuin temple, Yasaka shrine, Shorenin temple
2. Ginkakuji temple, The Philosopfer's path, Honenin temple, Eikando temple, (Nanzenji temple: when time allows)
3. Nanzenji temple, Tenjyu-an temple, Eikando temple
4. Konkaikomyo-ji temple, Shinnyodo temple, Ginkakuji temple, The Philosopher's path
5. Tofukuji temple, Komyoin temple, Funndain temple, Reiunin temple
6. Arashiyama Togetsukyo Bridge, Hogonin temple, Tenryuji temple, Bamboo Forest, Okochisanso villa or Jojyakkoji temple, Nonomiya shrine
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at the lobby of your hotel or the entrance of Kyoto Tourist Information Center "Kyo-navi" on the second floor of JR Kyoto station Building.
End location: We will return to the starting point. If you would like to spend more time at the final destination, I can leave you to explore on your own. Help will be provided in directing or assisting you to your next desired location
Duration: 8 hours
The tour duration might be affected by the weather or the traffic
We will take a public bus, subway, tram, JR train and also do some walking depending on destinations. A 1-day bus ticket is 500JPY/Person. You can use JAPAN RAIL PASS for JR train.
It is sometimes advisable to take a taxi in order to save time. A taxi can take 4 people at maximum. It costs about 800JPY~2,500JPY to go from one place to another.
My service as your private guide. It also includes my transportation and entrance fees.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 JPY - The cost depends on the activities or destinations you choose.
About 1000 yen - transportation fee per person(when using public transportation only)
500-1100 yen (Admission fee per person/1 destination)
1000-2000yen (Lunch per person)
Your travel costs
Your admission fee
Lunch for yourself and your guide
(You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals.)
I require that you be covered by your own travel insurance policies.
I cannot offer tours to individuals not covered by their own travel insurance policies. By accepting my services and participating in the tour, you release me of any liability for any injury or accident occurring during the tour. If you are not covered by your own travel insurance policy, please let me know as soon as possible.
While it is extremely unlikely that an accident will happen, I cannot accept responsibility for unforeseen events that may occur before, during or after the tour. Of course, you can rest assured that I will make every effort to make sure that your tour is a safe one, and that includes avoiding major streets and traffic as much as possible.
I do not have a commercial driver's license, so I cannot drive during tours.
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Meiko- san is caring to all my family's needs. She is also knowledge in many background stories of each major location. She adds depth to the tour and makes it a personal unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!