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Kyoto Tours

Book a Private Kyoto Tour with a Local Tour Guide

Kyoto Highlights 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$208/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Toshiyo O.
Toshiyo O.
4.67 / 5
(242 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$214/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Yoshihisa T.
Yoshihisa T.
4.97 / 5
(202 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$117/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hiroshi Y.
Hiroshi Y.
4.66 / 5
(318 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$117/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hiroshi Y.
Hiroshi Y.
4.66 / 5
(318 reviews)

Kyoto Art, Culture, & Historical Tours

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Fully customizable your own private tour in Kyoto

Kyoto
8 hours

There are so many great places in Kyoto that you probably want to visit but perhaps not enough time. Also, Kyoto is getting very crowded due to a lot of foreigners visiting there. It is best to have a local person guiding you to come up with a plan that suits your preference. I can create a tour with you which includes not only popular places like the Golden Pavilion and Fushimi Inari but small temples with Wabi Sabi such as those in Sagano and the oldest Japanese sweet shop in Murasakino.

FROM$260/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Nori I.
Nori I.
5.00 / 5
(15 reviews)
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Kyoto Highlight- Zen & Pure Land Gardens in Kyoto, Ryoanji, Kinkakuji & more

Kyoto
8 hours

Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years. There are a lot of places to visit there including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kinkaku-ji, Tenryu-ji and Ryoan-ji. This tour focuses the most visited places in Kyoto. Choose 3-4 places from the itinerary that interest you, then I will customize a tour upon requests. Let me know if you have any other requests besides the list. I will customize the tour for you.

FROM$292/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hiroyuki T.
Hiroyuki T.
4.96 / 5
(115 reviews)
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Kyoto Kiyomizu and Fushimi Tour

Kyoto
7 hours

This tour is designed for the tourist, who is interested in the atmosphere of ancient capital, and cultures. This is walking tour of Kiyomizu area through Yasaka Shrine, where the ancient atmosphere is well remained. We plan to visit Nishimi Food Market street to see the food culture of Kyoto people also.

FROM$150/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Makoto Y.
Makoto Y.
4.96 / 5
(99 reviews)
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Fully customizable private half day tour in Kyoto

Kyoto
4 hours

There are so many great places in Kyoto that you probably want to visit but perhaps not enough time. Also, Kyoto is getting very crowded due to a lot of foreigners visiting there. It is best to have a local person guiding you to come up with a plan that suits your preference. I can create a tour with you which includes not only popular places like the Golden Pavilion and Fushimi Inari but small temples with Wabi Sabi such as those in Sagano and the oldest Japanese sweet shop in Murasakino.

FROM$162/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Nori I.
Nori I.
5.00 / 5
(15 reviews)

Kyoto Day Trip Tours

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Your most memorable tour in Kyoto

Kyoto
8 hours

Kyoto is an ancient capital that has existed for over 1000 years. There are many shrines and temples, and you can also see traditional Japanese culture such as tea ceremony and flower arrangement. You can also see the beautiful scenery that will take your breath away. Please feel Kyoto, which can be said to be the origin of Japan, with all five senses.

FROM$208/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Kazuhiko G.
Kazuhiko G.
4.75 / 5
(167 reviews)
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Charming must -see in north west area of Kyoto city

Kyoto
8 hours

This tour covers 4 must-see sightseeing spot . Firstly, we visit the golden pavilion. We go to Arashiyama. We walk through Tenryuji garden and bamboo forest. In the afternoon, we'll visit Nijo castle. (We enjoy watching a live demonstration of Japanese sweet making with green tea(Mattcha).Finally you can learn about Kyoto’s traditional and wonderful kimono

FROM$182/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Mana F.
Mana F.
4.85 / 5
(85 reviews)
Kyoto Highlight-Golden Pavilion, Rock Garden, the Bamboo Forest and more - from Osakacover image

Kyoto Highlight-Golden Pavilion, Rock Garden, the Bamboo Forest and more - from Osaka

Kyoto
9 hours

In Kyoto, there are a lot of cultural properties. Of them, seventeen temples and shrines are included in World Heritage as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Capital of Kyoto”. On this tour, we will visit some of them Osaka to feel the profundity and splendor of Kyoto. Choose 3 places from the list that interest you, then I will customize a tour for you. Let me know if you have any other requests besides the list. I will customize the tour for you.

FROM$276/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hiroyuki T.
Hiroyuki T.
4.96 / 5
(115 reviews)
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Customized Private Tour in Kyoto

Kyoto
8 hours

This is customized private tour in Kyoto which guests can create easily by selecting any spots from a list of popular tourist destinations. The list consists of 16 tourist destinations (S01-16) that are very popular especially among foreign tourists. After the guest's selection the guide will arrange best itinerary with tour cost and feedback proper offer to the guest for formal booking.

FROM$364/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Kenji M.
Kenji M.
4.75 / 5
(81 reviews)

Kyoto Unique Experience Tours

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Your very own Kyoto Tour!

Kyoto
7 hours 30 min

This tour is the one and only for you. Kyoto was an ancient capital of Japan for over 1200 years. Embedded in centuries of history and culture, it offers too much to see in one visit. Here the ancient world is integrated with the modern. The phenomenal concentration of history and legend coexists with an equally phenomenal concentration of people busily going about their everyday life. Please tell me your interest, and I will make an itinerary exclusively for you!

FROM$423/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Masaki M.
Masaki M.
4.98 / 5
(159 reviews)
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Koto Lesson in Nijo,Kyoto

Kyoto
1 hour 20 min

Let's learn Japanese instrument Koto at cozy Kyo-machiya house! Koto, Japanese traditional instrument, seems difficult to play and try for beginners. However, at Soushunan, the lesson by the professional instructor enables you to play one song in 80min.

FROM$58/ per person
Japan Tour Guide - Harumi S.
Harumi S.
5.00 / 5
(7 reviews)
Half day Guided tour and memorable Photo shooting in Kyotocover image

Half day Guided tour and memorable Photo shooting in Kyoto

Kyoto
3 hours

I would like to introduce you Highlights of Kyoto city with my authentic portrait lens equipped camera.I will send you memorable shoots after the tour.

FROM$182/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Koichi T.
Koichi T.
4.83 / 5
(23 reviews)
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Nishiki Market & Gion District including Yasaka

Kyoto
4 hours

Let's walk around Nishiki Market and Gion District, including Yasaka Shrine & Kenninji Temple. Nishiki Market is 6 block long and offers you dellcious food in Kyto, and at Gion District,you realize traditional wooden houses of Geisha houses, restaurants. Yasaka is Guardian Shrine of Gion and Kenninji temple offers several beautiful gardens and cultural assets.

FROM$169/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Eric T.
Eric T.
4.88 / 5
(48 reviews)

Kyoto Nature & Outdoor Tours

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One Day Tour with the Magnificent View in Saga Arashiyama

Kyoto
8 hours

Saga Arashiyama is located in the northwest of Kyoto city, which was an ancient capital of Japan. It is famous for its scenic beauty. There are many picturesque places such as bamboo groves, mountain ranges, bridges, rivers, historical temples and shrines , scenic trains, and a 'Kimono Forest'. On this tour we will walk down the mountainside, visit some peaceful temples, see the beautiful bamboo groves and attractive gifts (pottery, cocoon dolls, handmade bamboo products) there.

FROM$221/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Atsuko T.
Atsuko T.
4.96 / 5
(52 reviews)
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Be a Monkey Experience

Kyoto
5 hours

Tired of big cities and historic sites? Then how about surrounding yourself with wild monkeys in a beautiful mountain? In this monkey mountain, you can enjoy monkeys right beside you with no cages!! They would casually walk right by you. It takes about 15-20min. walking to get to the top of the mountain, where you can feed monkeys and enjoy the breathtaking view. There's no place like Monkey Mountain on Earth!! Beside the mountain, you can enjoy the famous Bamboo Forest and Togetsu Bridge!

FROM$302/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Masaki M.
Masaki M.
4.98 / 5
(159 reviews)
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Arashiyama Sagano Bamboo Forest

Kyoto
8 hours

I from Arashiyama to Sagano, one of the finest spots in Kyoto. In particular the view form Togetsukyo Bridge crossing over Katsura River is very impressive. Arashiyama is populary known for cherry blossoms in spring and beautifully changing colors of autumn leaves in autumn. You can enjoy walking through bamboo forests. They give us a sense of coolness, especially on May and June they grow lushly.  We visit Otagi and Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple with many small unuque statues.

FROM$221/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hideo Y.
Hideo Y.
4.55 / 5
(159 reviews)
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Cherry Blossom Viewing Walking Tour

Kyoto
7 hours

The tour starts at JR Kyoto Station at 9 AM. You will go to Demachi Yanagi Station by JR Nara Line and Keihan Line. From there you will begin walking. The main tourist attractions of this tour are Ginkaku-ji Temple ( the Silver Pavilion ), the Philosopher's Path, Nanzen-ji Temple, Heian Jingu Shrine Garden and Maruyama Park. The tour ends at Gion Shijo Station of Keihan Line.

FROM$188/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Yoshihisa T.
Yoshihisa T.
4.97 / 5
(202 reviews)

Kyoto Off the Beaten Path Tours

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Kyoto Hiking tour Fushimi Inari to sanjusangen-do

Kyoto
5 hours

Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for many torii gates like an orange tunnel. But most tourists just visit only the entrance. I would like to show you the deep inside of Fushimi Inari Shrine through tunnel and take you to the top of mountain. From Inari mountain, we will walk a part of “Higashiyama Trail” hiking course, then we will visit the family temple of imperial house and Sanjusangen-do temple.

FROM$156/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Koichi W.
Koichi W.
4.95 / 5
(61 reviews)
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[Ichijou street] Hanging around east-west street in Kyoto

Kyoto
5 hours

There are many old streets in old capital Kyoto area. I design a walking tour set of 31 streets.You can see the true Kyoto in this tour which is not in tourism like 30 years ago.In some streets, You could see traditional dying shops for Yuzen which is a traditional dyeing Kimono method of Kyoto.You can visit some of the shops and I will interpret between the shop owner and you.

FROM$150/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Yoshiharu K.
Yoshiharu K.
4.71 / 5
(42 reviews)
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Half-day Kyoto History and Culture Tour

Kyoto
4 hours

First and foremost, I do not want to provide a typical tour to the standard fair of tourist attractions. As with the majority of visitors to Kyoto, you do not really need a guide to visit such places. Instead, what makes my tour special is that I can show you the unique places of Kyoto with the addition of a historical and cultural background. Lunch at local restaurants, visit temples of the beaten path, go to local shopping arcades for unique products. Enjoy Kyoto without the crowds.

FROM$390/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Eco H.
Eco H.
5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)
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Half-day eastern Kyoto off the beaten track

Kyoto
4 hours

There are a lot of wonderful places in Kyoto, especially in the cherry blossom and autumn foliage seasons. But, because of that, such places are so busy. So I escort you to not busy, but still beautiful places. Sometimes I wonder why tourists don't visit those places. This tour is to visit such places and I don't walk on a busy road. In the end, I'd like to recommend a restaurant, considering your allergy or preference.

FROM$227/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Shuji O.
Shuji O.
4.93 / 5
(15 reviews)

Kyoto Food & Drink Tours

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One day tour From Gion to the Nishiki Market

Kyoto
5 hours

Kyoto is an ancient city, which used to like be the capital of Japan for 1000 years. There are about 1600 temples and 400 shrines and beautiful gardens. It also has a lot of traditional crafts,such as kimono, fans, Japanese artistic sweets. There are a lot of things to do and experience. First of all I will take you to Gion area.I will take you to Yasaka Shrine and Kenninji Temple. Then let's move to the Nishiki market. and have sushi lunch in the market. Gion is the area of entertainment, where there are many bars and taverns. Some important business and political talks have been conducted. You may run across Maiko and Geiko, Japanese entertainers in kimono. If you want to wear Japanese costume in Gion, I can arrange with extra charge. NIshiki market is the kitchen of the Kyoro, where local people buy their everyday food. Fish stores, vegetable stores, pickles stores and so on. A friend of mine owns a Yuba shop in the market. Yuba is vegan, dairy-free ,gluten free,preserve-free, additive-free and protein rich. You can see the yuba making process.

FROM$132/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Toshiyo O.
Toshiyo O.
4.67 / 5
(242 reviews)
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Japanese foods introduction tour

Kyoto
3 hours

I can show you Japanese traditional food and local food at Nishiki market and downtown after hearing your preference. Let's explore Kyoto foods together!!

FROM$149/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hero I.
Hero I.
4.91 / 5
(45 reviews)
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Fushimi & Uji -Local Delicacy of Sake and Green Tea!

Kyoto
7 hours

While the tour covers the popular Fushimi Inari Shrine and Uji Byodoin Temple, we'll also spend some time in Fushimi sake district for sake tasting and local lunch at an old sake brewery. In Uji, the home of the best Japanese tea, we'll visit traditional tea houses and enjoy their special tea that many eminent Shoguns also appreciated. PLEASE MESSAGE ME BEFORE BOOKING

FROM$260/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Seiko T.
Seiko T.
4.98 / 5
(89 reviews)
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KYOTO - A Tailor-Made dining experience for you

Kyoto
3 hours

Japan has a very unique cooking style and set of table manners. Learn about the food culture and culinary history of Japan and visit local restaurants in Kyoto which offers a rich and diverse culinary tradition.

FROM$227/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Mari I.
Mari I.
4.86 / 5
(35 reviews)

Day Trips from Kyoto

Kyoto Tour Reviews

Great for family of 4

Great 6 hour tour in private car. Our guide Kanae was professional, spoke good english and very nice person. Ensured we beat the heat and crowds.

K

Karen C.

5 / 5
Jul 25, 2024

Full Day Kyoto highlight Tour

Kyoto
8 hours

Couldn't have seen and learned so much without him

On a very hot and humid day, Rick guided us through trains and trams, enabling us to visit multiple locations effortlessly. He took photos for us and was excited to discuss the significance of the historical sites we visited. Rick suggested an excellent restaurant with a beautiful view, and we had an unforgettable meal of Unagi Don. Later, he helped us plan the rest of our day with the oppressive heat in mind and walked us to our destination. I can honestly say visiting Kyoto with Rick was one of the highlights of our trip, and we couldn't have seen and learned so much without him.

Karen C.

Dear Karen and families, Thank you very much for the nice review! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tour with using the public transportation. I believe you felt and touched the real Kyoto city and I hope it will be one of your nicest memories in Japan. Best regards, Rick

Keith W.

Keith W.

5 / 5
Jul 24, 2024

Mid-summer tour of Kyoto

Kyoto
8 hours

Customized

Kind and knowledgeable guide for our day in Kyoto

Hiro-san expertly guided my son and I on a day tour of Kyoto. Hiro met us promptly as promised and kindly provided a sun umbrella for the hot day. He expertly guided us around Kyoto using walking and public transportation, making us feel like locals. Hiro has a very kind manner and was very patient with us, allowing to make changes during the day as needed. He also brought along fun photo props for our day, and promptly sent us photos of us that he had taken. Kyoto is a beautiful city and we look forward to returning!

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Private Tours in Kyoto

Unlock the mysteries of Kyoto with a local tour guide! From temples in Gion to lush gardens in Arashiyama, discovering Kyoto’s global appeal is one click away.

Ready to cool off from the day’s heat and high activity? Book a tour to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a mesmerizing forest of towering bamboo stalks. While a popular destination, private tour guides can lead you off the beaten path to explore lesser-known trails and rest stops, allowing you and your travel team to escape the crowds and rest in the peaceful ambiance of the grove.

Beyond the visual appeal, your Kyoto tour guide can share stories about the significance of bamboo in Japanese culture overall, and help you gain appreciation for Arashiyama's natural beauty in a more intimate way.