Discover your own Kyoto with a private guide
A half a day tour in Kyoto 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 Kyoto'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 Kyoto tour which will be the highlight of your travel in Japan. Enjoy the vibrant, historic city of Kyoto 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 half a day just for you.
The time we start the tour is flexible and is meant to accommodate your schedule and interests.
Here some recommended courses. In a 4-hour tour, you could visit 2 places by public transportation. When time allows, we will visit one more place.
1. Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion)or Ryoanji (Please choose either one)
2. Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu temple or Kodaiji, Yasaka pagoda
3. Kodaiji, Yasaka pagoda, Gion
4. Nanzenji, Heianjigu Shrine
5. Arashiyama Area (Tenryuji Zen temple/Bamboo Forest/Togetsu Bridge etc. . . )
6. Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Gion, Nishiki market
9. KYOTO CULTURE, ARTICRAFTS ACTIVITIES
Tea Ceremony , Ikebana (Flower arrangement), Yuzen Silk Dyeing, Lacquer Painting, Kyoto Sweets Making, Kimono dressing etc. . .
I will make an itinerary according to your interests and needs.
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: 4 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
5000 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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Marvelous tour by the brilliant Meiko We loved every minute She is very well informed and the tour was fascinating We loved it Thanks again for a great day