Arashiyama area & popular landmarks in Kyoto - Private Tour


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City, Museums / Culture


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

Friendly: Yes.
You must enjoy walking short distances and be able to get in and out of a taxi and/or public transit.

Maximum travelers: 8



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Let's explore a lovely and scenic district, Arashiyama!

We kick off our tour with Arashiyama district where is well known for breathtaking scenery with mountains, a river, a bamboo forest. The whole mountains along the river are covered with pink cherry blossoms in spring and red and orange leaves in autumn. Let's enjoy scenic beauty for a while. We visit a Zen temple which has a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. In Arashiyama there are many places worth visiting such as a monkey mountain, a gorgeous villa of a late famous movie star, temples and shrines. We move to the center of Kyoto, and visit the most popular places such as Nijo Castle and Kinkakuji temple (Golden pavilion). If you have particular interests, let me know. I will arrange a tailor-made itinerary for you.


I'll pick you up at your hotel in Kyoto or at the central entrance of JR Kyoto station, not Shinkansen central exit.

By local train or taxi (depending on the meeting place) we move to Arashiyama area, where we enjoy scenic beauty of mountains, a river.

Tenryuji temple : a Zen Buddhist temple where you will enjoy traditional Japanese architecture and garden.

After going through a bamboo forest we take a short walk around Sagano area. Let's enjoy idyllic scenery.

move to the center of Kyoto by train, bus or taxi.

visit a few popular historical and scenic places.
There are some options.

Nijo castle: some 400 old wooden castle constructed by the first Tokugawa Shogun Ieyasu

Kinkakuji temple (well known as Golden pavilion)

Kiyomizudera temple: One of the most popular temples in Kyoto. Neighboring streets make this temple more attractive.

Gion, Nishiki market.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We will meet at your hotel lobby in Kyoto or the central entrance(Chuo Kaisatuguchi)of JR(Japan Railway) Kyoto station.

End location: I will guide you to your hotel or where you'd like to go after the tour.

Duration: 6 hours


taxies, subways, local trains and buses depending upon you. A taxi is sometimes recommendable to make effective use of time.

What’s Included

My services as your personal tour guide and help with transportation to and from your hotel and go around/my transport expenses and my admission fees

Estimated Local Cash Needed

3000 yen/person - your admission fees, travel costs, light meals. Besides many gift shops don't accept credit-card payments.

What’s Extra

your admission fees, travel costs and meals if you would like to have


Since I do not have a commercial driver's license, I cannot drive during tours.

A Recent Review of this tour

Chizuko was a really friendly guide. She explained a great deal about each of the sites we went to and she also shared a little bit extra on the Kanji alphabet and some of the traditions of the different shoguns. She was really nice to the children as well. We would recommend Chizuko to any traveler!
Sonia Fernandez

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