Experience the true feeling of Kyoto with a private guide
If you are a morning person or you'd like to feel the sacred atmosphere of the old capital Kyoto, this tour is for you! We will visit Nishihongwanji Temple, one of the Kyoto's World Heritage Sites, in the early morning. Listening to the devout local believer's chanting the sutra with around 20 Buddhist monks, soaking yourself into the religious atmosphere, you will feel the spirit embedded in Japanese people. After the Buddhist morning service, we will walk around the temple precincts admiring the great structures and a gorgeous Karamon Gate with its decoratively painted carvings. After having a light snack (rice ball or sweet bun), let's go to Kiyomizu Temple, one of the must-see sites in Kyoto. Walking down Sannen-Zaka lined with traditional Japanese houses, you might feel as if you were taken back to the old days of Kyoto. Being an early bird, you will have an exclusive experience.
Meet the guide at the main gate of Nishi-Hongwanji Temple
Nishi Hongwanji Temple (Headquarters of JodoShinshu Hongwanji-ha)
Kiyomizu Temple on the eastern hills (Famous for its views and the fifty-foot platform supported by 139 pillars)
Jishu Shrine in the grounds of Kiyomizu Temple (noted for bringing luck in love)
Sannen-zaka slope (a remembrance of time past, traditional Japanese houses on both sides).
Yasaka Pagoda, a five-story pagoda which stands in the historic preservation area. (usually the inside is not open to the public but its architecture is worth seeing. )
* The main hall of Kiyomizu temple is under restoration work and covered with scaffoldings. It is possible to change "Kiyomizu temple, Jishu shrine, Sannenzaka and Yasaka pagoda" to "Fushimi Inari shrine and Gion. "
JR Kyoto Station or Nishiki market in the downtown area.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet in front of the Goeido-Mon gate of Nishihongwanji Temple. (Monzen-cho, Hanayamachi-sagaru, Samegai-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City) I will wait you with the signboard of your name.
End location: The tour will finish at JR Kyoto Staion. If you would like to spend more time in Yasaka Pagoda area, I can leave you to explore on your own. Help will be provided in directing or assisting you to your next desired location.
Duration: 5 hours
The tour duration might be affected by the weather or the traffic.
We will take a public bus and also do some walking. A 1-day bus ticket is 500JPY/person. It is sometimes advisable to take a taxi in order to save time. A taxi can take 4people at maximum. It costs about 800JPY~2,500JPY to go from one place to another.
My service as your private guide. It also includes my transportation and entrance fees.
Light snack (Rice ball or Sweet Bun/bread)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2500 JPY - 800-2500-Taxi fare from your hotel to Nishi Hongwanji temple (The bus or subway service doesn't run in the early morning. The amount of fare depends on the location of your hotel.)
500yen-one day bus ticket per person
300yen-Admission fee per person(Kiyomizu Temple)
Your admission fee
Your travel costs
You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, (snacks:except for the one at Nishi Hongwanji temple), 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.
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It was a good moment. Meiko is well prepared, fluent in english and flexible. She addapted the original tour to the previous spots I had already seen. I learned a lot about japanese culture during the 5 hour tour.