Visit to land marks of Kyoto including Golden Pavilion/Nijyo Castle/Ryoanji temple/Silver Pavilion/Gion.
This is the specially customized tour for tourists with 8 or less number. Assuming your ship arrives at Osaka before 7:00, the tour can start at the cruise ship terminal at 8:00. Leaving the pier by a specially arranged jumbo taxi with 9 passengers (including a guide) capacity for 9 hours ride (including 2 hours round trip from Osaka to Kyoto), we visit 5 major sites in Kyoto and return to the pier at 17:00. A snack lunch will be taken during the transit by a taxi or a quick lunch at a local restaurant. Wifi is available during the transit.
If the number of tourist exceeds 8, this tour will not be applicable. Also, if the number is less than 8, the local cash per person will be increased. (See the "estimated local cash needed" column). Please note, due to the taxi arrangement, at least 5 days prior booking to the tour date is required. Also please note that the availability is subject to then conditions. The taxi fare is paid directly to a driver in local currency when we return to the pier.
Meet at the cruise ship terminal in Osaka harbor at 8:00. Leaving the pier by a specially arranged jumbo taxi with 9 passengers (including a guide) capacity for 9 hours ride (including 2 hours round trip from Osaka to Kyoto), we visit Nijyo castle, Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji temple, Silver Pavilion, and Gion district ( The alternative sites will be possible) and return to the pier at 17:00. A snack lunch will be taken during the transit by taxi or quick lunch at a local restaurant.
The taxi fare is paid directly to a driver in local currency at the pier when the tour ends.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the exit of cruise ship terminal in Osaka harbor (Tenposan pier). (I will stand the exit of the cruise ship terminal in Osaka harbor, hanging the paper board with your name written on it. )
End location: At the same place to sart the tour.
Duration: 9 hours
This tour plan is subject to the schedule of your cruise ship calling at Osaka port.
Transportation between the cruise ship terminal to and from Kyoto is made by an arranged jumbo taxi. Between the parking lots to and from the facilities are on foot.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
11500 J.Yen - This is the payment, besides the tour price, per person assuming the number of tourist is eight (8). Payments include 8,000 yen as a jumbo taxi fare (estimated expense per car is 64,000 yen from the pier in Osaka to Kyoto per round trip including toll fee and parking fee. 64,000/8=8,000 yen) plus admissions to 5 facilities (2,000 yen) and your lunch(1,500 yen). Please note that if the number of the tourist exceeds 8, this tour is not applicable. Also, a jumbo taxi fare is subject to the season.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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On a cruise though Japan and China I found my best option for a tour to Kyoto at Tours by Locals and asked if Ken Sakurai was available . Ken organized for us a Jumbo Taxi for the day so we could get to Kyoto from Osaka efficient and see as many beautiful places in the time available to us . Ken is retired , in his working life he has had a lot of dealings in the English language he grew up in Kyoto and is very knowledgeable about this beautiful city . Ken is also very personable and easy to get along .