1 day special customized tour in Kyoto


Toshiyo O.

4.66 / 5
(190 reviews)
English, Japanese
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 15 people

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.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

Nijo Castle

Arashiyama Area (For example Tenryu-ji Temple, Okochi Sanso, Ninomiya Shrine etc.)

Kinkakuji Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple

Toji Temple

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Sanjuisangendo Temple

Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture)

Nara park Dainutsuden

Ending Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

What to Expect

You can experience both temples and shrines as well as visit beautiful Japanese bamboo grove and gardens. With my help, you will be able to understand Japanese culture and food. I will take you to these places by public transportation. Such transportation costs about 2000 yen for 1 day. It is your own tour. You can stay in the place you like as long as you want to, taking pictures and enjoying the scenic beauty. Take your time. No hurry.

In Kyoto, there are countless sightseeing places to see. Here are some options:

-Nijo Castle ... One of the finest castles from the Edo period. The Ninomaru Palace in the Castle has 33 rooms , 800 tatami mats and many superb wall paintings.

-Arashiyama Area ... Mainly Tenryu-ji Temple, which has a beautiful pond garden and the bamboo forest close to Tenryu-ji Temple, but I can take you to some other tourists spots in Arashiyama area such as Okochi Sanso with beautiful garden, Nonomiya Shrine etc.

-Kinkaku-ji Temple...Golden Pavilion whose top two floors are completely covered with gold leaf.

-Fushimi Inari ... It has 1000 torii gates. There are 2 courses: a short course with 30 minutes and a long hiking course with 2 hours since it is located at the foot of Mt Inari. It is the top headquarters of 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan.

-Kimono experience ... You can experience putting on Kimono for about 2500 yen per person.

-Tea ceremony experience ... You can experience tea ceremony for about 2000 yen per person.

-Nishiki Market ... If you would like to, I can take you to a Yuba (bean curd sheet) factory as well.

-Kiyomizudera Temple ... It is located in one of the oldest area of Kyoto city. You can enjoy shopping , eating and making handicrafts as well as the view of Kyoto city from the temple.

-Toji Temple ... It has a city landmark of the five story (57 meters high) pagoda. The lecture hall has contains 21 striking mandara images.

-Sanjusangendo ... It has 1001 Buddha statues with 40 hands and 11 faces on the heads.

-Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture) ... It is a long history temple with important cultural property, Niomon Gate and a famous Benkei bell. Although it is next to Kyoto and takes about 15 minutes from Otsu Station, which is 10 minute train ride, the area is very quiet and pretty with Lake Biwa, which is the largest lake in Japan.

Please remember, there are only so many hours in a day, so there's a limit to how much you can visit in a day. Please pick a few of the above options and I will arrange a special tour to suit your requirements as much as possible.

I would like to take you any other places you are interested in.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and your guide), lunch and/or dinner, entrance fee

Important Information

I can guide in Kyoto,Nara Osaka Koyasan and Shiga. I can also take guests to Kouyasan . I can also guide you in the evening.

You and your guide's transportation fees, lunch, and any entrance fees are not included.

I am very flexible and I can respond to any requests. Please contact me.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Riki I.

5 / 5
Jun 1, 2023

Perfect Vacation!

Toshiyo was the perfect guide to have for our group and will definitely contact her again if we're in the area. After two days of touring with her, it felt like we made a new friend. She's very informative and patient. Lot of local knowledge and willing to adjust schedules/activities based on our input. Enjoyed her selection of meals also. She led us through the various areas of Kyoto and without her leading, we wouldn't have made the best use of our time. Thank you Toshiyo-san!

Toshiyo O.

Dear Riki Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I appreciate much. I hope you all enjoyed time in Japan. Please come back again in autumn. Thank you. Toshiyo

Berenice M.

5 / 5
May 8, 2023

Toshiyo was a fantastic guide ! Toshiyo est une guide parfaite !

Toshiyo was great and super organized. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Kyoto, and will be able to answer your question no matter what it is about. We loved taking the public transportation and getting around, she will also give you suggestion on what else you could do on your personal time. I highly recommend booking with her !

Toshiyo O.

Thank you very much for your warm review! I appreciate it. I hope you will come back to see autumn leaves in Kyoto. Thank you Merci beaucoup! Toshiyo


Jennifer S.

5 / 5
May 1, 2023

A great day!

We had a great day with Toshio! She created a great itinerary and gave us choices, too. She was funny and knowledgeable. She gave us wonderful memories of Kyoto.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Jennifer Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I appreciate your warm review. I wish I could take dance lessons from your daughter since I am much interested. Thank you. Toshiyo


Helen C.

5 / 5
Apr 30, 2023

A day's trip with Toshiyo san to Kyoto-23April 2023

Toshiyo san is a very pleasant lady with fluent spoken English. She explains the history well of the places visited during our one day tour to Kyoto and was helpful in every way. Arigato Gozaimasu Toshiyo san ! Good Luck and take care.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Helen Thank you for the warm review. I appreciate it. Your dress looked very good on you and impressive. Thank you for having me as your guide. Toshiyo

$202/ per group