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1 day special customized tour in Kyoto

Toshiyo O.

4.62(166) reviews
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



Vincent Q.

Nov 26, 2022

Kyoto Fall Foliage 2022

I would highly recommend expert guide Toshi. We mapped out a plan and followed it! Toshi was extremely knowledgeable on how to get to each location. We used all public transportation which was quite efficient. Be prepared to walk a lot so comfortable shoes and some stamina are required...

Toshiyo O.

Dear Vincent Thank you very much for the kind review. I was much inspired by the efficiency and your sophisticated eyes for beautiful nature. Thank you for having me as your guide. Regards. Toshiyo


May Y.

Nov 23, 2022

Knowledgeable local guide

We had a great time with Toshiyo yesterday. She is very patient and accommodating to our needs as we have a family member who has some knee issues. It's amazing watching her weave through crowds, catching the bus and local trains. Thank you, Toshiyo.

Toshiyo O.

Dear May Thank you very much for the review. I hope you enjoyed the autumn leaves in Kyoto. I am much inspired by your beautiful family. Thank you for having me as your guide. Regards. Toshiyo

Paulina G.

Nov 19, 2022

Knowledgeable and personable guide in Kyoto

Toshiyo is very knowledgeable about Kyoto. She is Kyoto native and her family lived here for many generations so she has many personal connections to the city and its history. She also designed our day in a very smart way this optimizing our time and we got to see a lot more than we expected. Great guide in Kyoto

Toshiyo O.

Dear Paulina Thank you very much for your review. I hope you really enjoyed the day and beautiful autumn season. I was much inspired by you. I learned a lot from you. Thank you. Regards. Toshiyo


Jared N.

Nov 6, 2022

Amazing experience in Kyoto!

It was our first time using GoWithGuide and it will not be our last time, thanks to the wonderful day we spent with Toshiyo. From the moment she met us, to taking us back to the hotel, Toshiyo was nothing but patient and accommodating. She was knowledgeable and was able to tell us all about the sights we saw. We appreciated how she planned the trip and looked into small details like where to enter the train at the platform so that it’s nearest to the exit at the stop we were alighting from. Beyond just “tour guide” stuff, it was really nice having a conversation with her about her life and her views. Toshiyo was clearly passionate about the work that she does as a guide and it was a pleasure to have met her today. Thank you once again!

Toshiyo O.

Hi Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I am very glad to meet you and your lovely children. It was a great day spending time with such a nice family. Thank you for having me as a guide. Regards. Toshiyo

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