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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.

4.95 / 5
(61 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.                                                                                                                                 

Shiga Tour Guide - Nori I.

Nori I.

5.00 / 5
(16 reviews)
Japan

I have lived in the US, UK, and India for approximately 20 years, and I’ve also traveled to many other countries. Living abroad for such a long time made me realize Japan’s value and sparked my interest in working as a translator/guide for foreigners. I’m truly passionate about introducing people to historical sites, authentic Japanese culture, and stunning natural spots that may not be widely known to people outside of Japan. There are countless places that I believe people would love. Originally from Nagoya, I cover areas around the city and the Kansai region including Kyoto, Shiga and Mie. I’m here to ensure your trip to Japan becomes an unforgettable memory. Looking forward to meeting you!                                                                                                                                 

Osaka Tour Guide - Takashi M.

Takashi M.

5.00 / 5
(19 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 :)                                                                                                                                 

Wakayama Tour Guide - Hiroyuki T.

Hiroyuki T.

4.96 / 5
(115 reviews)
Japan

Hi! I had been working for Wakayama Prefectural Government for 38 years, mainly in the field of cultural heritage management and international relations. I am a national certificated English guide and I have a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage management and international relations. I am very good at cultural heritages. And Koyasan and Kumano in Wakayama Prefecture are inscribed in the World Heritage List as parts of “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". I was a project manager of "the Koyasan and Kumano World Heritage Inscription Project” at Wakayama Prefectural Government. I know inside and out of Koyasan, Kumano, Wakayama and other places in the Kansai area. I have a lot of experience of guiding as I was also in charge of international relations for a long time at the government. I will be able to provide interpretive guiding service for you around Koyasan, Wakayama, Osaka and other places in the Kansai area as I am a cultural heritage management and international relations professional. I am sure you will be able to get deeper understandings on Japanese culture and that your trip with me will be memorable one.                                                                                                                                  

New Kyoto Tour Guides

Hyogo Tour Guide - Kazumasa M.

Kazumasa M.

Japan

Hi, my name is Kazu. I want to help people who are interested in Japan to enjoy their time here even more and have unforgettable experiences. I was born and raised in Osaka, studied abroad in the United States, and now live in Hyogo after getting married.                                                                                                                                 

Osaka Tour Guide - Kazu Y.

Kazu Y.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)
Japan

*[LIMITED TIME DISCOUNT] I created my profile a few days ago! Hi, I’m Kazuto! Please call me “Kazu”! I was born and raised in Osaka. I’ve been working as a Japanese tutor and sometimes show my students around Osaka. My students sometimes feel stressed in Japan due to the language barrier even though they study Japanese and I’ve decided to become a tour guide in Kansai to help tourists! DO YOU WANT A STRESS-FREE TRIP? I can be your private concierge for your trip. Let me know if you need any help! By the way, I like anime, manga, video games, I’m an Otaku :) There are a lot of “otaku” places in Osaka like “Nintendo Osaka”, “Pokemon Center”, “Shonen-JUMP store”, “Universal Studio Japan” and so on. I want to show impressive Japanese Pop Culture so much!! Japan has limited-time anime, game or manga-collab cafes. You have to book for many of them and I can help you with the booking! Also, I like eating out! I can offer bar-hopping tours, share good ramen restaurants, and so on! I’m looking forward to seeing you! Let’s explore deep Osaka!                                                                                                                                 

Osaka Tour Guide - Kai M.

Kai M.

Japan

I'm living in Osaka for 50 years. I am happy to share my experience with you to enjoy more about Osaka, Japan.                                                                                                                                  

Osaka Tour Guide - Akari Y.

Akari Y.

Japan

It has been a year since I started guiding in the Kansai area last spring. I am passionate about introducing the beauty of Japan. I am happy to introduce guests from overseas to the Japanese culture established by our predecessors. I will introduce Japanese culture, food, cuisine, sake, nature, manga, spiritual culture, history, Buddhism, Shinto, Shugendo, pilgrimage paths, and other topics of interest. Let me introduce myself. I was born in Osaka and grew up in Osaka and Kyoto. I have lived in the U.S., China, and Australia when I was younger.                                                                                                                                 

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$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)

New Kyoto Private Tours

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Private tour Fushimi Inari, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market Start form Kyoto or Osaka

Kyoto
6 hours

Kyoto is the ancient and modern blend seamlessly. Join me on a private tour to explore two of Kyoto's most iconic landmarks: Fushini Inari, Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and Nijo Castle, culminating in a vibrant exploration of Nishiki Market. Enriching journey through Kyoto's past and present, where each moment promises a new discovery.

FROM$253/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Akari Y.
Akari Y.
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Half day Kyoto, two bamboo forests

Kyoto
4 hours

This tour is to enjoy the less busy area. We walk along the beautiful downhill course in Toriimoto, which is listed as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. You will see another bamboo forest. We finish in the busy and popular Arashiyama area.

FROM$227/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Shuji O.
Shuji O.
4.93 / 5
(15 reviews)
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Best of Kyoto Half Day Private Tour

Kyoto
3 hours 30 min

Kyoto has a lot to offer, however is difficult to choose where to go. In my Kyoto tour, I will take you to the Must-see spots of Kyoto in most efficient way. Most places are ranked in top 10 attractions. You will enjoy seeing unique and beautiful sights, and also the hidden gems of each location. We will stroll the city on foot and by train like locals for the day. As this is a private tour, if you have any requests to visit other places, I can customize a tour for you.

FROM$130/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Taka M.
Taka M.
5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)
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From Kyoto: Ninja's Homeland Electric Bicycle Private Tour

Kyoto
8 hours

Why don't you make a one-day trip from Kyoto to Koka Ninja's homeland of Koka City? Koka City is home of Ninjas, and just one hour away from Kyoto. It is a perfect place to avoid the big crowds of Kyoto and learn about the real Ninja. Koka is a quiet and beautiful rural town, and the best to go with a bicycle. There is no such tour to visit the real Ninja places guided by a Ninja/local Samurai descendant who can speak English. You can experience a very unique tour from this.

FROM$123/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Taka M.
Taka M.
5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)

Day Trips from Kyoto

Kyoto Tour Reviews

Wonderful day in Kyoto

We had a very Nice day with Nori as guide in Kyoto. A Nice mixture of culture, nature and city life. He was very accomodating to our suggestions. Maria and Igor

Igor M.

Thanks guys! It was a real fun day for me as well!! I hope you will continue to have a safe and exciting trip! Will go to your country someday to try the best chocolate in the world!

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.

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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

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.

GoWithGuideFind your perfect tour guide at GoWithGuide. Relax and cherish unforgettable tours with loved ones. Create personalized tours for a truly memorable trip!

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