1 day special customized tour in Kyoto

English, Japanese
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 10 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.

Toshiyo O.
4.69 / 5
(207 reviews)

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

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 and Shiga.

I live in Kyoto city so my transportation fee is needed if I guide in Nara Osaka and Shiga.

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



Liliana O.

5 / 5
Sep 26, 2023

Amazing day in Kyoto!

Toshiyo was one of the best guides we had in our trip to Japan. She was punctual, had good English, new her way around perfectly, had a lot of insight about Kyoto and was ver y accommodating and patient. We had to keep up with her, she walks fast! We enjoyed her very much. She was friendly, made conversation and was interested in our culture. I would recommend her for sure!

Toshiyo O.

Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I am glad to know you enjoyed the day. Thank you for coming all the way from Mexico. I also had great time together with your beautiful family. Regards. Toshiyo


Claudith U.

5 / 5
Sep 14, 2023

Osaka tour

We are very happy with the tour. She is a great guide who cares about her guests

Toshiyo O.

Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I appreciate your warm heart review. Toshiyo


Michael W.

5 / 5
Sep 2, 2023

Phenomenal day with Toshiyo!

Toshiyo makes an excellent tour guide, combining expertise, professionalism, and a friendly demeanor. She knows a lot about Kyoto's culture and landmarks and provides fascinating background information at every stop. She's also incredibly skilled at navigating Kyoto's intricate public transportation system. Without her assistance, we wouldn't have been able to explore and learn as much as we did. She's genuinely kind and considerate, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. We'll definitely connect with her again on future trips to Kyoto.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Machael Thank you very much for having me as your guide and writing me a kind review. I am glad we could visit both Golden and Silver temples. I really hope you will be able to come back in autumn to see pretty maple leaves. Regards. Toshiyo


Pajman D.

5 / 5
Aug 24, 2023

Very helpful guide

Toshiyo was very helpful with our trip to Kyoto. We had problems with our train to Kyoto and were running a few hours late but she did not mind and accommodated us. She is very knowledgeable and we were able to get a lot out of the limited time that we had in Kyoto. Would highly recommend.

Toshiyo O.

Dear Pajman Thank you very much for having me as a guide and writing me the kind review. Your family are so nice and graceful that I was much impressed. Regards. Toshiyo

$201/ per group