Personalized Private 4-hour Kyoto Tour


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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes. Yes. This tour is suitable for children as long as they are supervised by a parent.

Friendly: No.
You must enjoy walking up and down short distances and be able to get in and out of a taxi, subway or public bus.

Maximum travelers: 6



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

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

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.

What’s Included

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 (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

What’s Extra

Cultural experience costs
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.

A Recent Review of this tour

Meiko is a charming person with a lot of knowledge about the topics to be covered. She masters well the time table and comes even up with additional suggestions to make the visit more unique. I highly recommend her services in order to make a visit of Kyoto a memorable experience.
Max Kaufmann

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