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Highlights of Kyoto Including Kyoto's Food Culture Private Tour.


Tour Number

Activity Level



First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (advanced), Cantonese (basic), Italian (advanced), Japanese (fluent), Malay (basic)

8-hour guided tour of Kyoto's must-see landmarks

For first-time visitors to Kyoto, this tour is perfect. You can see all of Kyoto's highlights in one day. In this tour, we will use public transportation to access all locations. We will visit the two most important temples in Japan; Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and Kiyomizu Temple, both are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And world famous Zen garden; Ryoan-ji Temple as well. Moreover, eating local food is one of the pleasures of travelling. I will show you around the Nishiki market which is known as "Kyoto's kitchen".
In Arashiyama area, you will be fascinated by the natural beauty of our Japanese bamboo forest. Let's explore Kyoto together!!


-Pick up at the hotel in Kyoto or meet at JR Kyoto station
-Visit Kiyomizu temple
-Visit Nishiki market (we might have lunch in the market)
-Visit Kinkakuji temple (Golden pavillion)
-Visit Ryoanji temple (Zen garden)
-Visit Arashiyama area and have short walk in bamboo forest
-Tour end at your hotel or nearest station

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: JR Kyoto station or your hotel in Kyoto

End location: We will end this tour at your hotel in Kyoto or nearest station from your hotel.

Duration: 8 hours


We will use public transport - train and walking .
But depends on your request, I can customize the transportation. Please send me a message in advance.

What’s Included

Other: Service as a tour guide, transportation fee and admission fee of attractions for tour guide

Estimated Local Cash Needed

4500 Japanese Yen - Transportation cost: JPY 1,200 (depends on location to meet up)
Admission charge: JPY 1,300 (depends on locations we visit)
Cafe and Lunch charge: JPY 2,000 (depends on what you eat/drink)

What’s Extra

Other: Personal expenses.


I am not a driver guide. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Keiko was just the very best guide! She is smart, energetic, youthful, and fun. She made our entire trip to Kyoto one of the very best. We loved the places she took us and we enjoyed talking about all things Japanese. She is well traveled around the world so we appreciated her perspective on so many things. Your trip will not be complete without using Keiko as your guide. Lots of thumbs up!!
Susan Eslick

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