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Kyoto Private Tours & Local Tour Guides

Discover Things to Do and Plan a Trip to Kyoto, Japan with a Local Guide

Popular Kyoto Tour Guides

Shiga Tour Guide - Koichi W.

Koichi W.

4.94 / 5
(49 reviews)
Japan

Hi! I'm Koichi. I was born in Osaka, I studied in Kyoto when I was a university student. Now I live in Shiga next to Kyoto. I am a national government licensed tour guide. I have been guiding about 160 groups over the past twelve months. I usually guide my customers mainly in Kansai region including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Shiga by public transportation systems. Well, I am curious about Japanese history, especially the history of Japan's ancient times since I was raised next to the world biggest mausoleum of the ancient Emperor called "Nintoku" in Sakai city Osaka which has just become one of the world cultural heritage sites. I dug out some ancient earthen ware vessels around there when I was a primary school student like the adventure archaeologist “Indiana Jones" (It’s our secret!!). That was my hobby. Now, one of my hobbies is outdoor activities such as mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and others. So I would like to take you to some good places where you can enjoy Japanese unique nature. I love to guide foreign visitors from all over the world. I think it is my calling or heavenly given job. Let's go and enjoy together! I hope to see you soon.                                                                                                                                 

Osaka Tour Guide - Takashi M.

Takashi M.

5.00 / 5
(14 reviews)
Japan

Hi, my name is Takashi!! When I go abroad, I think that how nice it would be to have a friend there and hang out together. I want you to feel like you have a friend in Osaka and we can go around and explore the city. I was born and grew up in Japan. And I speak English, Spanish and Japanese. I can be the perfect guide for you!! I can also guide you any other cities in Japan, just let me know where you wanna go :)                                                                                                                                 

Nara Tour Guide - Yuri T.

Yuri T.

4.39 / 5
(23 reviews)
Japan

I'm Yuri, a national lisenced English tour guide. I was born and raised in Osaka. Now I live in the countryside of Nara. Also, I do love eating, traveling, meeting local people, and exchanging our value and cultures. I'm flexible. Please tell and ask me if there are any places which you want to visit and anything which you want to do in Japan. I'll plan the trip only for you. I am looking forward to seeing you in my tour, let's make your trip unforgettable!                                                                                                                                 

Kyoto Tour Guide - Yoshihisa T.

Yoshihisa T.

4.96 / 5
(194 reviews)
Japan

Hi. My name is Yoshihisa. Call me "Yoshie", please. It means good or O.K. in Japanese. I live in Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, located just in between Kyoto and Nara. I was born and raised in Iga, Mie Prefecture. Iga is a birthplace of ninja and a renowned haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. I might be a descendant of ninja. I aim at becoming a linguistic ninja, following a part of Basho's lifestyle with the incorporation of seasonal changes into my tours. In addition to visiting famous temples and shrines, I invite you to lesser-known places of historic interest. Once in a month I go hiking or mountain climbing with some friends mainly in mountains surrounding Kyoto and Nara basins. Recently I have got intrigued by the charms of Buddhist statues, which are manifestations of people's wishes and prayers. I also like izakaya (Japanese-style taverns) hopping, tasting delicious dishes and locally brewed sake at reasonable prices. Especially I like communicating with people from home and abroad, talking face to face. Some of the above-mentioned elements are included in my walking tours. I hope you will discover new aspects of cultural and natural beauty in Kansai area through one of my tours which you could never gain otherwise. One of my favorite phrases that come from Zen Buddhism is Ichigo Ichie or this meeting-but only once in a lifetime. My interpretation goes this way: This place and this moment never cross again. Each and every good encounter, however, lingers on like the sound of a temple bell. Won't you explore a deeper world of Japanese culture in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka with me?                                                                                                                                  

New Kyoto Tour Guides

Kyoto Tour Guide - Masayuki I.

Masayuki I.

Japan

My name is Masayuki currently living in Kyoto. Everyone casually calls me Massy. I grew up in a bilingual ( English / Japanese ) background. I am a new entry in here, but I am already very well experienced in hosting and guiding. I like to explore things to discover all the hidden beauties and treasures off the beaten path and share with others. I would only show you to the places you really need a guide with no information in English. If you are interested in things truly unique known only to some locals, I am the one. I like to explore in nature and show my footsteps to everyone to discover new hidden ground. It is almost my natural instinct to avoid crowd. I am not into ordinary tourism of Kyoto because I don't want to be another one of them doing the same guide in Kyoto. I want to show you to a true state of sacred and beauty which is unharmed by commercialization and over-tourism. My itinerary cuts off overrated attractions from the view point of a local. In Kyoto I mostly write about places never been introduced in English. I am not a licensed tour guide interpreter, but I have different field of knowledge to introduce things. I am more of an English-hosting guide without strict business manner. I am a professional in writing introduction pages mainly for north parts of Kyoto in English. The courses are my own creation since I am the original one to write in English. I am a very open and friendly person who can communicate in English nearly as good as a native speaker. I was in Canada and U.S. I once took a leading role of an international community as well as being an English teacher. My wife is from Ukraine often assisting me to host my guests.                                                                                                                                  

Osaka Tour Guide - Kazuyoshi M.

Kazuyoshi M.

Japan

This tour mainly tours Osaka and Kyoto. I have lived in Osaka for 10 years and have been to Kyoto 300 times through tourism. I can also offer hands-on guided tours. I can offer maiko and geiko viewing, furoshiki (wrapping cloth) making, matcha (powdered green tea), professional acupuncture in ninja costume, and introduction-type experiences. My Instagram account has been viewed by 50,000 people in one month. Not to mention famous places. I can also guide visitors to places where foreign tourists do not usually go. I can be flexible. Best regards.                                                                                                                                 

Kyoto Tour Guide - Roberto A.

Roberto A.

Japan

Experience the essence of Kyoto and its captivating culture on my essential walking tour. Immerse yourself in the heart of this beautiful city and gain a profound understanding of its rich heritage. I'm a licensed National Tour Conductor with 26 years living in Japan.                                                                                                                                 

Kyoto Tour Guide - Minori U.

Minori U.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)
Japan

Hello I'm Minori. Kyoto is a popular destination so you might look for deeper place of it. My area is Yamashina, where you pass when traveling Shiga. It has beautiful mountains and water, also its temples and shrines are less crowded. It's a good place for those who have visited famous sites already. I used to work at travel agency so I had chances to company a group tour with a guide and it was an amazing experience that I could see people actually having a fun. I also worked in a hotel and learned how important hospitality is to make guests feel comfortable. I teach kids English so I would like to show them how rewarding and proud it is to show people around our beautiful countries, and English would be helpful in many ways. Let’s go and see beautiful Kyoto and experience some of the best attractions here with me!                                                                                                                                 

Popular Kyoto Private Tours

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1 day special customized tour in Kyoto

Kyoto
7 hours

Kyoto has many beautiful places to visit. I especially would like to take you to the most exciting spots in Kyoto in 1 day. Please pick a few of the options from the following sightseeing places and I will take you as many places as possible at a reasonable price.

FROM$204/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Toshiyo O.
Toshiyo O.
4.67 / 5
(238 reviews)
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My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

Kyoto
8 hours

This tour is designed for those who would like to visit major scenic sites in Kyoto and off-the-beaten spots as well in a single day. The route is the one that has been favored and admired by many of my guests for the past few years. The itinerary mainly consists of three areas; Kitayama, Arashiyama and Fushimi areas. You will surely have unforgettable memories through the tour with me.

FROM$210/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Yoshihisa T.
Yoshihisa T.
4.96 / 5
(194 reviews)
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Kyoto's most popular sightseeing spots tour and enjoy a various kinds of Kyoto's specialities

Kyoto
8 hours

This tour covers 3 must-see sites and Nishiki Market. You can experience the most renownd sites such as the Golden Pavilion, the rockGarden at Ryo-anji Temple where you may find an elegant beauty in its simplicity Nijo-castle ,the luxurious palace of the Tokugawa Shoguns. Sanjyu-sangendo is one of the three must -see sightseeing spots in kyoto.The thousand life-size statues and the Principal statue( height 3.5 meters) lining along the longest corrider in Japan , with a length of 120meters or 390 feet make you feel like you are in a forest of Buddhas! Every one who visits this temple says " Woow ! , It's amazing ! It's awesome ! It's awful ! " . Lastly visit Nishiki Market,where you can enjoy Kyoto’s specialities such as charming sweets , high quality tohu and Sake etc.

FROM$115/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hiroshi Y.
Hiroshi Y.
4.66 / 5
(309 reviews)
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The tour covers 4 must-see sites in Kyoto

Kyoto
8 hours

This tour covers 4 must-see sightseeing spots in Kyoto. Firstly, we visit Fushimi Inari Shrine. If you walk through in the countless Trii-gates in the late evening , you must be feeling getting into a mysterious world. Sanjyu-sangendo temple where you can see the magnificient main statue and one thousand life sized Kannon statues. Every people says " I'ts awesome !" "I am in a forest of Buddha!!" Kiyomizudera-temple is one of the most oldest and famous temples in Kyoto. About 4mllion tourists visit this temple every year ! Lastly, we visit Nijyo-jyo Castle where you can enjoy the finest architecture and artworks and Shogun's private life in the Edo period. them we head for Gion area or flower town . If you have a good chance, you can meet a Maiko-san or a Geisya-san walking around the town.

FROM$115/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hiroshi Y.
Hiroshi Y.
4.66 / 5
(309 reviews)

New Kyoto Private Tours

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Zen garden tour along Kinugake extended road

Kyoto
9 hours

There is a road named "Kinugake" road along the foot of mountain in northern Kyoto. This tour is along the road and extended parts of the road to west and east. The name "Kinugake" means covering with silk. When the Emperor Uta said he wanted to see snow in the summer, he was comforted by covering the Kinugasa mountain with silk. This road named after this story. This tour starts from Tenryu-ji and ends at Daitoku-ji visiting Ryouan-ji and Golden Pavilion. We will visit these good Zen gardens.

FROM$236/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Yoshiharu K.
Yoshiharu K.
4.71 / 5
(41 reviews)
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Hidden Gem of Arashiyama; Another Bamboo Forest

Kyoto
6 hours

You can visit another bamboo forest in the precinct of Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple. There are thousands of pretty tiny stone buddha statutes in the precinct. Why don't you extend your legs a little deeper to the hidden gem of the Arashiyama district?

FROM$210/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Kenji O.
Kenji O.
5.00 / 5
(7 reviews)
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Tour of three major Kyoto landmarks: Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama, and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Kyoto
6 hours

Explore Kyoto's enchanting beauty on a 6-hour tour, starting at the iconic Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), followed by the serene Ryoan-ji Temple's Zen garden. Wander through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and visit Tenryu-ji Temple to see traditional Japanese garden design. Enjoy local Kyoto cuisine in Arashiyama for lunch, and conclude at Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its vermilion torii gates. This tour offers a profound glimpse into Kyoto’s rich culture and history.

FROM$64/ per person
Japan Tour Guide - Kazuyoshi M.
Kazuyoshi M.
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Half day Arashiyama

Kyoto
4 hours

Arashiyama is an area you can walk famous bamboo forest. Tenryuji temple there has a iconic dragon drawing on the ceiling. If you have kid, monkey park is another attraction in Arashiyama. With a little hiking, feed Japanese monkeys on the top of the mountain.

FROM$96/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Minori U.
Minori U.
5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

Day Trips from Kyoto

Kyoto Tour Reviews

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Mary ellen W.

5 / 5
May 26, 2024

Mary ellen's Kyoto Tour 2024

Kyoto
7 hours

Customized

Knowledgeable Guide

Toshi is a very knowledgeable guide. We asked to go to a sight we had already seen years earlier and he told we much more than our previous guide. He is also very pleasant to be with. He organized our day in consultation with us and suggested a river tour and saki tasting which we were very excited about. Unfortunately I had a surgical procedure shortly before we came to Japan and I got very tired during our tour and needed to go back to the hotel. He guided us back efficiently and quickly. I would definitely recommend Toshi as an excellent guide with a great sense of humor.

Mary ellen W.

Hi Mary, Thank you very much for your nice review. It was very unfortunate that you were not feeling well, and could not make it to the sake tasting together. If you ever come to Kyoto again, please contact me, we will visit the places you and your husband could not visit this time. Please say hello to your husband for me. I really hope you are well. Best regards

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Tyler M.

5 / 5
May 25, 2024

Tyler's Kyoto One-day Excursion

Kyoto
10 hours

Customized

Knowledgeable, organized, and professional

Kenji from start to finish was excellent. He worked with our itinerary, helped to pick lunch, and also the most optimal transportation. Would highly recommend Kenji as a tour guide for the Kyoto area.

Tyler M.

Tyler, Thank you for your message. I hope we see you each other either in Colorado, US or in Japan sometime. Kenji

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Jochen K.

5 / 5
May 25, 2024

The best memorable day in Kyoto (7h)

Kyoto
7 hours

Two great days with Yuta in Kyoto

As a family we booked two days in a row with Yuta. He guided us to very nice places and included our special wishes into the schedule very well. Thank you to Yuta for those memorable days :)

Kyoto Private Tour Guide

Discover Kyoto's hidden gems with a private tour guide! Navigate the city's rich history, culture, and food like a local with a tour guide that knows the way.

Push beyond tour favorites like Kinkaku-ji and Fushimi Inari Taisha, and the crowds they attract, towards hidden gems waiting to be discovered with the help of a private tour guide.
One such place is the Tofuku-ji Temple, known for its stunning autumn foliage and serene atmosphere. A private tour guide can provide insights into the temple's architecture, Zen gardens, and historical significance, allowing visitors to appreciate its beauty beyond the surface level.

With calmer crowds, you and your loved ones can create the kind of memories you want, with no interruptions. In Kyoto, your private guide will ensure you have the time, knowledge and space to savor moments of tranquility and reflection and soak in the spiritual ambiance of this lesser-known gem.

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