A beautiful day in Kyoto


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Let us spend a day experiencing the beauty and history of Japan

Welcome to Kyoto, Japan!
Kyoto has been a capital of Japan for over 1000 years.
It has a long history and tradition that will make your stay a memorable one.
Shall we visit Heian Shrine to feel the age of court nobles?
Or shall we walk on corridors of the palace building of Nijo Castle like Samurai?A lot of exciting sites are waiting for you.
If you are interested in tradition of Japanese tea, you will also have a chance to taste it.
Please let me know what you are interested in and what kind of places you want to see.
I am glad to help you spend an enjoyable time in Kyoto.


This is a customized tour for you.
You can choose 3 or 4 sites of your interest.
Some of the places suggested are as follows:
*Nijo Castle(Tokugawa Shogun's palace where you can enter and enjoy gorgeous paintings)
*Kinkakuji Temple (golden pavilion)
*Ryoanji Temple (rock garden)
*Heian Shrine(reproducing beautiful courtyard of Heian period)
*Sanju-Sangenndo Temple(a hall enshrining more than 1000 Buddhisit statues)
*Fushimi Inari Shrine (you can enjoy walking under a tunnel of 1000 red torii gates)
*Gion area
*Kimono fashion show in Nishijin Textile Center

Please let me know if you have special sites in mind.
We can decide how long to stay in one place accoroding to your request.
Please note that Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesday in January, July, August and December.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at the lobby of your hotel in Kyoto. I can also meet you at some other places requested in Kyoto.

End location: I will take you back to the original place or I can leave you at the last spot with some information for your next step.

Duration: 8 hours


We basically use public transportation such as trains, subways and buses. It is sometimes advisable to use taxis in order to save time and energy.

What’s Included

1.guiding fee
2.transportation for the guide to and from home, and during the tour
3.admission for the guide

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5500 JPY - 2500 for transportation
1500 for admission
1500 for lunch(if applicable)

What’s Extra

1.your transportation
2.your admission
3.your insurance
4.your personal expense
5.lunch for you and guide

A Recent Review of this tour

Yoriko made our visit to Kyoto delightful and easy- in spite of torrential rain. All the advance planning paid off (just before Golden week April 24) from the van to the sights (Golden Pavillion, Nijo Castle and the Fushimi Inari Shrine - all 1000 red gates & rental kimono). My husband still talks of the Yakatori restaurant she made arrangements for the group to have lunch at. Great food and a true local experience. We skipped the market - due to the rain. I would book Yoriko again- in a heartbeat.
Pam Evans

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