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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

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Popular Kyoto Tour Guides

Osaka Tour Guide - Kazuyoshi M.

Kazuyoshi M.

5.00 / 5
(10 reviews)
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 130,000 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.                                                                                                                                 

Shiga Tour Guide - Nori I.

Nori I.

5.00 / 5
(14 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!                                                                                                                                 

Kyoto Tour Guide - Kanae O.

Kanae O.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)
Japan

Hello! I am Kanae, a nationally licensed guide. While working full-time as a lecturer at a local university in Kyoto, I have also been guiding for two years. Born and raised in Kyoto, I am excited to share the beauty and culture of my hometown with my customers. Kyoto is an enchanting city, and even as a local, I am continually fascinated by its many charming spots. Whether it's the serene temples, vibrant markets, or hidden gems, there is always something new to explore and appreciate in this wonderful city. Also, since my home is close to Shiga Prefecture, I am very familiar with the area. While Shiga may not be as popular as Kyoto, it offers a wealth of attractions for tourists. From historical sites such as temples and shrines to the stunning natural beauty of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, there is much to see and do. I am passionate about promoting Shiga and sharing its unique charm with visitors.                                                                                                                                 

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 :)                                                                                                                                 

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.

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.                                                                                                                                  

Kyoto Tour Guide - Maricel E.

Maricel E.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)
Japan

Hello, my name is Maricel. I'm from the Philippines and I've been living in Kyoto Japan for 17 years now. I am an experienced Kyoto tour guide with a deep passion for showcasing the city’s rich cultural heritage and history and landmarks. I am dedicated to providing engaging and informative guided tours tailored to the interests and preferences of each visitor. Committed to creating unforgettable experiences that capture the essence of Kyoto’s tranquility and beauty, I am looking forward to guiding you while you are here.                                                                                                                                 

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$203/ 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$210/ 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$114/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hiroshi Y.
Hiroshi Y.
4.66 / 5
(316 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$114/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Hiroshi Y.
Hiroshi Y.
4.66 / 5
(316 reviews)

New Kyoto Private Tours

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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$222/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Shuji O.
Shuji O.
4.93 / 5
(14 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$127/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Taka M.
Taka M.
5.00 / 5
(6 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$121/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Taka M.
Taka M.
5.00 / 5
(6 reviews)
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Full-Day Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Tour in Kyoto

Kyoto
8 hours

This tour offers a rich blend of Kyoto's natural beauty and historic grandeur. Starting at Tenryuji, we will explore this Zen temples stunning garden. A short walk leads to the Sagano Bamboo Forest, where towering bamboo stalks create a serene atmosphere. We continue to Okochi Sanso, the former villa of a famous silent film actor. After lunch, we head to Ryoanji, known for its iconic rock garden. The final stop is Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, which provides a wonderful conclusion to the day.

FROM$343/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Maricel E.
Maricel E.
5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

Day Trips from Kyoto

Kyoto Tour Reviews

Karmen F.

Karmen F.

5 / 5
Jul 21, 2024

Let's enjoy your Half-day Kyoto Tour!

Kyoto
5 hours

Nice walk on a hot day

Perfect decision for a one day visit in Kyoto. Tohru was a patient and kind guide and we were very satisfied with this tour. Would recommend to everybody.

Wonderful Day in Kyoto With Mike!

We spent the day in Kyoto with Masahisa (Mike). We started the day at Katsura Imperial Villa - the gardens were magical. It is an incredible place, off the beaten path, and is worth a special visit. If you can get a tour with Mike, it is very special. From there, we went to Sanjūsangen-dō, the home of 1001 Buddhas. It is really awe inspiring. The 1001 Buddhas, and the statues of the deities, are amazing. After a well needed cold. drink, we made our way into the Kyoto National museum, which had a range of ceramics, scrolls, paintings, etc., which were all interesting. After lunch, we visited a craft area, which had a range of beautiful craft goods made in the Kyoto area. We could have hung around there all day! Mike was a terrific guide, and is kind, and generous. As much as we enjoyed the sights, we enjoyed meeting Mike even more. He took such good care of us on a hot and humid day, and made our tour of Kyoto one to remember. If you get a chance to get a tour with Mike, we recommend you do so. And I understand he can guide in many areas around Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, etc., so you would have many options. Again, thank you so much Mike!

Guy B.

Guy Thank you for coming all the way to Kyoto in this sweltering heat from beautiful country. I still dazzle with the photos I took of the pure white sandy beach and clear blue sky at your Pearth Beach, West Coast which I visited some time ago. The scorching heat here is still continuing, so please take care of your health and I wish you return home safely. Thanks Masahisa

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Anh N.

5 / 5
Jul 19, 2024

Discover the places in Kyoto

Kyoto
6 hours

Customized

Osaka, Nara, & Kyoto made easy!

Over two days Yui showed us around Osaka, Nara & Kyoto! And we all agree she was godsent, English was very good, did not have to worry about navigating Japans public transport system at all! She lead and we just followed! Never would have got so much done without her, from front row view of the Mochi man & feeding the dears in Nara, to the streets of Osaka and Starbucks in Kyoto. What was great is the places she took us to eat, places we would have never gone or found by ourselves, places in our opinion were better than all the viral food and restaurants places on social media, and trust us we tried a few and were disappointed by many! Besides cake in a can, from a vending machine, my daughter loved it (Yui found the vending machine for us too). Best of all, kids loved here, navigated towards her and left us alone!!! Thanks Yui for being a part of our family for two 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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