Discover your own Japan with a private guide
A full day tour in Kyoto or nearby areas designed especially for you with your private guide.
Would you like to take beautiful photos of Japanese gardens to show your friends or perhaps you would like to find the hidden gems of Kyoto or visit the old established shops to find nice souvenirs or perhaps you would like to experience Japan's traditional cultures like Yuzen silk dyeing, Japanese sweets making, Zen meditation or try out an aesthetic Maccha (powdered green tea) treatment to cleanse your mind, body and soul at a Buddhist temple established in the mid-16th century and…the options are unlimited and I will help you with all of the details.
In this tour, you can create your exquisite tours in Kyoto or nearby areas and it will be the highlight of your travel in Japan. Enjoy the vibrant, historic Japan in your own way!
It'll be your tour - designed especially for you. You'll tell me what you are interested in and I'll design a special full day just for you.
The time we start the tour is flexible and is meant to accommodate your schedule and interests.
I will make an itinerary according to your interests and needs. If you have any specific places you would like to visit, please let me know. I will include them in your itinerary.
Here some recommended things to see or to do.
1. Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji, Arashiyama area
2. Sanjusangendo, Yasaka Pagoda, Yasaka Koshindo, Ninenzaka, Kodaiji temple, Nishiki Market, Gion
3. Kiyomizu temple, Ginkakuji (The Silver Pavilion), The Philosopher's walk, Nanzenji, Gion
4. Arashiyama Area (Tenryuji Zen temple/Bamboo Forest/Togetsu Bridge), Fushimi Inari Taisha and Gion Area
KYOTO CULTURE, ARTICRAFTS ACTIVITIES
Tea Ceremony , Ikebana (Flower arrangement), Yuzen Silk Dyeing, Lacquer Painting, Kyoto Sweets Making, etc.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 8 hours
The tour duration might be affected by the weather or the traffic.
We will take a public bus, tram, JR train and also do some walking depending on the activities you choose. A 1-day bus ticket is 500JPY/Person. Tram fare is 200JPY/Person. JR train fare is 230JPY/Person. The fare varies according to destinations. (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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10000 JPY - The cost depends on the activities or destinations you choose.
About 1000 yen - transportation fee (when using public transportation only)
500-1100 yen (Admission fee/1 destination)
2500yen: Tea Ceremony or Ikebana (flower arrangement)
1500-6500yen: Yuzen silk dyening
2000-3000yen: Lacquer Painting
3000-5000yen: Kimono dressing
2000yen: Kyoto Sweets making
11,000-30,000: Kyoto-style aesthetic Matcha treatment
I do not have a commercial driver's license, so I cannot drive during tours.
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We spent a whole day private tour with Meiko-san and could easily have spent much more time in her lovely company. Thank you Meiko for catering such a wonderfully informative tour that was interesting to the whole family. Meiko, with her excellent English, was very good with our children and helped us fit a lot into our short stay in Kyoto. Meiko was very generous with her time, communication and knowledge. Meiko went above and beyond in all regards. We thank you and hope to see you again Meiko-san.