1 day special customized tour in Kyoto


Toshiyo O.

4.64(180) 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


Justin S.

Mar 19, 2023

Great time in Arashiyama

Great time seeing the monkeys and bamboo forest in Arashiyama

Justin S.

Mar 19, 2023

Great time in Kyoto

Toshiyo was with us for two days visiting all the sights in Kyoto and Arashiyama. She helped inform us on the sites and what we were viewing while shopping. She was super helpful and we had a great time.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Justin Thank you very much for having me as your guide and spending time in Kyoto. I was much impressed with your super family. I am happy to know you enjoyed in Arashiyama. Hope to come back again. Toshiyo

Salvatore S.

Mar 19, 2023

Kind and efficient guide

I've spent a very pleasant and instructive day in Kyoto with Toshi. She guided us to the Fushimi Inari shrine and the Gion area. Her tour was very efficient, without a dull moment while she was also very patient with us and listened attentively to our needs and requests. Kyoto has so much to offer, but we managed to make the most of our time with Yoshi's help.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Thank you very much for having me as your guide and spending time in Kyoto. Coming from the beautiful city you are a beautiful couple and I was much impressed. Thank you very much. Toshiyo


Sean N.

Mar 18, 2023

Full day in Kyoto with Toshi - Great guide

Toshi met us at the railway station platform, straight off the bullet train. We had a full day (7 hours) in Kyoto, and Toshi crammed in 5 key places for our visit, including the Imperial Palace, NijoJo Castle, Gion, Fushimi Inari, and Golden Pavilion of sKinkaku-ji, using a mix of trains, buses, and taxis across Kyoto, making it great value. Whilst it was an intense day of moving from place to place, Toshi was aware that we only had one day before we had to return to Toyko later that evening, even changing the itinerary mid tour so we could fit everything in. Toshi is kind, and courteous with an enviable knowledge of her home city, we wouldn't hesitate in recommending Toshi for your own trip.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Sean Thank you for having me as your guide and the warm kind review. I appreciate it. I am really glad to know you enjoyed Kyoto. I hope you will keep proceeding safely and having fun in Japan. Regards. Toshiyo

$213/ per group

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