This tour will cover major tourist spots in Kyoto in two days. I will escort you all the way from your hotel in Tokyo to Kyoto and arrange evening attractions including Maiko show and Kyoto cuisine for dinner.You have to pay the transportation, meal, admission and lodging costs shown in
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At your hotel in Tokyo
I will pick you up at your hotel near the reception. The pick-up time depends on where you stay.
We will take the bullet train from Tokyo about 9:30AM to Kyoto. I will book our train with the seats on the Mt. Fuji view side so please pay me 28,740 JPY per adult, including our return trip (you and the guide) in cash. If you want to buy our tickets at the ticket office with your credit card, we won't get good seats together as the bullet trains are busy with business trips in the morning.
You will drop off your luggage at your hotel. I will book our hotel near Kyoto station. (about 10,000 JPY per person for you and the guide)
We will take a subway and a local bus from Kyoto station to Kinkaku-Ji temple.
The World Heritage, first built in the 14th century by Yoshimitsu Ashikaga who was the leader of the Samurai who governed Japan. It is popular for its golden house and Japanese garden. (Admission: 400/300 JPY per adult/student)
We will have our lunch near Kinkaku-Ji temple. (from 1,000 JPY per person)
We will take a taxi to the bamboo forest in Sagano. (about 3,000 JPY per taxi)
We will walk through the trail in the bamboo forest to enjoy its unique view.
This temple is the World Heritage and has been to be the rank No. 1, Zen temple in Kyoto. It was first established in the 14th century by Takauji Ashikaga who started the Samurai period of Muromachi. We will walk through the temple including the popular Japanese garden Sogenchi. (Admission: 500/300 JPY per adult/student)
We will take a train and subway to Gion.
Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping. If you want, I will take you to the show of Japanese traditional performing art, including Maiko dance. (about 3,000 JPY per person, the show will not be available on Monday through Thursday in winter)
I will take you to my favorite Japanese restaurant in Ponto-Cho, popular gourmet street. (about 5,000 JPY per person)
Staying at your hotel in Kyoto.
We will meet at the lobby of your hotel after breakfast.
We will take a train to Fushimi-Inari Shrine.
The most popular place in Kyoto according to Trip Adviser. This shrine was established in 8th century by Hata family. It is good for the harvest and business. Many companies made donations and get Torii gates in return. There are more than 10,000 Torii gates now. We will visit its main shrine and walk through the 1000 red Torii Gates area. (Admission free)
We will take a subway to Shichi-Jo station and walk for 10 min..
This temple was established in the 12th century by Kiyomori Taira under the order of Emperor Emeritus Goshirakawa to save people from suffering. There are 1001 statues of golden Buddha in the building. They are Kannon Bosatsu with 11 heads and 40 extra arms.
(Admission: 600/400/300 JPY per adult/student/child)
We will take two subways to Nijo-Jo castle.
This castle is the World Heritage which consists of traditional buildings with many Japanese Paintings as well as beautiful Japanese gardens. (Admission: 1030/350 JPY per adult/student)
We will have lunch near Kyoto station. (from 1,000 JPY per person)
End of the tour
At your hotel in Tokyo
1. Memorable Tour; I can show you around the most memorable places in Kyoto based on my experience.
2. Easier to Go; I will choose the most efficient and comfortable transportation, so you don't have to be bothered by how to visit them efficiently.
3. Delicious Foods; Japanese food is a very important part of my tour, I will take you to my favorite restaurant for lunch and dinner during the tour.
4. Traditional performance; You can enjoy traditional Kyoto performances such as Maiko dance, then take photos with her.
Guide fee, hotel pick-up
Transportation cost of you and the guide: 30,000 JPY per adult
Cost of two lunches of you and the guide: from 1,000 JPY per person per lunch
Dinner cost of you and the guide: from 3,000 JPY per person
Maiko show and Admission fee of you: about 3,000 JPY per person
Lodging cost of you and the guide: from 10,000 JPY per person
Entrance fee of you (unit JPY, no charge for the guide)
-Kinkaku-Ji Temple: adult 400, child 300
-Sanjusangen-Do Temple: adult 600, child 400
-Tenryu-Ji Temple: adult 500, child 300
-Nijojo Caste: adult 1030, junior high 350, elementary 200
The guiding fee of 60,000 JPY doesn't include the transportation, meal, and lodging costs of you and the guide which are shown in each item of the highlights.
Please book your hotel within walking distance from Kyoto station.
I will stay an inexpensive hotel (from 8,000 JPY) near the station, I can book your rooms if you want.
We can't use JR Pass because of the following reasons.
-You can't take Nozomi by JR Pass, which is 30 min faster than Hikari available by JR Pass.
-We need previous reservation of our seats, but I can't reserve yours if you use JR Pass.
I can buy your tickets through the web but please pay me in cash at the tour.
I will book our hotel within the walking distance from Kyoto station, so that you can drop off and pick up your luggage.
You can stay your favorite hotel if it is walking distance from Kyoto station.
If it takes more than 30 mins to drop off or pick up your luggage, we have to skip several places.
Thankyou for your splendid tour Yuki. It was an enjoyable expierence and you are well versed in escapism.
Dear Bradley, Thank you for giving me the remark with many stars. I hope this virtual tour will help you when you come to Japan in the future. Best regards, Yuki
We are so grateful for two amazing days in Tokyo. We saw SO MUCH that we could not have managed by ourselves especially with the complicated subways! Yuki took us to so amazing spots that we could not have known about or seen so quickly in two days.
Dear Debbie, Thank you for taking my tour. I am very happy if you enjoyed it. Please give my best regards to Dave, too. Yuki
An awesome day in Kyoto followed by some Tokyo highlights .. Yuki was an awesome guide - very knowledgeable, knew the best restaurants, public transport system, Japanese history and culture .. we enjoyed an awesome 2 days with him :) Thanks !
Dear Andrew, Thank you for taking my tours. I was very much upset when I found that we were waiting at different places. But we met just before the departure of the Shinkansen and saw Mt. Fuji from the window of the train. We delayed for the tea ceremony in Kyoto, but you made it through and arrived Kinkaku-Ji temple before the sun set. It was a memorable tour for me, too. Please give my best regards to your family. Yuki
We had an excellent day with Yuki. He was very well organised and prepared a very nice full day itinerary for our family. He organised Passmo travel passes for us all and navigated us around the Tokyo metro and rail network with ease. We visited Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple. As a special treat for our girls (8 and 10 yo) he took us to a Owl cafe where we could have a hot coffee and the girls could get up close to owls, lizards, meerkats, chinchillas, hedgehogs and other animals. We also went to a Udon noodle restaurant for lunch - once again an excellent choice from Yuki. We had a great day and learned a lot at the same time as Yuki was very knowledgeable on everywhere we visited. Thank you Yuki - we really enjoyed our time with you today.
Dear John, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. Everything went well and I was very happy to see you enjoy the places I took you. Please have a nice vocation in Japan. Yuki