5 hour Kyoto highlights tour plus optional Maiko dinner


Rick I.

4.83(46) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

By joining this tour, you can enjoy main 3 sightseeing spots of Kyoto in 5 hours. After that you have an option to join Maiko dinner which you can enjoy Japanese cuisine and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) performance in 2 hours with additional special price taken care by Rick.

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

At the lobby of your hotel in central Kyoto

Please select one of the courses below. (The touring spots may be changed based on the communication with customer.)

< Golden course > Golden pavilion, Nijo castle, Nishiki market, (Option) Maiko dinner

< East course> Silver pavilion, Philosopher's path, Nanzennji temple, (Option) Maiko dinner

< West course > Bamboo groove, Tenryuji temple, Ryoanji temple, (Option) Maiko dinner

< South course > Fushimi Inari shrine, Kiyomizu temple, Gion walk, (Option) Maiko dinner

Ending Point

Tour only: At any place upon request, Tour & Maiko dinner: At the restaurant (Yasaka-dori Enraku)

What to Expect

This package program is recommended to those who want to get in touch with Kyoto cultural properties and traditional performing art in one day. In touring 3 spots, Rick will explain deep inside the history and their backgrounds. In Maiko dinner, you can be a guest of Japanese traditional style entertainment which is not easy to join usually.

Want to personalize this tour?

  • Our tours can be customized according to your needs and preferences
  • Click below to tell us what you are looking for:

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in central Kyoto area

What‘s not included

Maiko dinner(17,600JPY per person), transportation fee(apx. 1,000JPY by subway or train and 2,000JPY by taxi), entrance fee(apx. 1,400 or less)

Important Information

Please send me a message in advance if you want to reserve a tour of two or more consecutive days.

Maiko dinner in operated only Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, The 5 hour tour is operated everyday.

(Option) Maiko dinner

The operation day is to be confirmed upon request. The special price for Maiko dinner is 17,600JPY per person. This price is applied for the customers who book 5 hour tour. If you want to join it, please send me a message about it at the timing of tour booking. Then the Maiko dinner booking on the day is taken care by Rick. If you take the afternoon tour, Rick will take you to the restaurant of Miko dinner just after the tour. The location is Yasaka-dori Enraku and the price for it is paid at the restaurant by credit card only.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Maiko dinner

You join a dinner in Japanese traditional restaurant with Japanese dishes where you can enjoy the Maiko's (Apprentice Geisha) dancing, conversation and traditional playing with her. The translator will assist you to make a communication with Maiko. Of course Maiko is real one from an agent (Okiya) in Gion.

Can I join only Maiko dinner with special price ?

No, you need to take 5 hour tour before joining Maiko dinner.

Can I join 5 hour highlight tour only ?

Yes, you can and it is also welcomed. 5 hour tour is operated any available date on the calender.

Can I ask you to modify the 5 hour tour ?

Please send me the message of your request and I will try to make it as far as possible.



Amely W.

Jan 29, 2020

Rick is a wonderful Kyoto guide...fun, efficient, knowledgeable, and informative

Rick was an amazing guide to Kyoto for my son and I for 2 days. He was very efficient and thoughtful in planning our itinerary and what we would do. He took us to many sites and had we not went with him we would never have seen half of what we did. His knowledge of the shrines and markets was so thorough. It was such a pleasure to have a guide not only to understand the history of the sites we were touring but also to give us insight into the culture and history of the city. Rick KNOWS Kyoto. He was very friendly and personable. His food choices were excellent. He was very easy to spend time with. Of our entire month travels in Asia, Kyoto and our time with Rick specifically was such a significant highlight. Without hesitation, I can recommend Rick as a guide for you. We could not have been happier or more satisfied.

Rick I.

Dear Amley, Thank you very much for so nice review! I am very glad that you were happy and satisfied the tour. Yes, we enjoyed some gardens, market streets, temples, a castle and so on. Since you love garden, architecture and art, Kyoto was the ideal city for you to enjoy, I believe. Your son was so nice boy and I enjoyed very much talking with him and knowing his interests. Please come back to Kyoto in near future and I hope I can guide you again! Best regards, Rick


Angela B.

Jan 19, 2020

Kyoto calling! We want to go back, there is so much to do and 2.5 days was just not enough.

RIck was wonderful, patient, kind, soft-spoken, yet definitive in his plans for our days spent together. I must say that he handled a mom and her men child(s) extremely well, especially my special angel man child who kept up with us but made it a little tricky at times. Rick did not judge, he jumped in and assisted when needed, he took his time with us and made sure we were all happy, enjoying the areas, and best of all educating us! We learned a great deal about Kyoto and other Japanese areas and their traditions. Rick, we would find you again for the parts of Kyoto we did not see, but for 2.5 days...you did pretty darn well san. Thank you for the pictures of the tea ceremony, treasures thy are.

Rick I.

Dear Angela, Thank you very much for the nice review! I am so glad that you enjoyed Kyoto for 2.5 days with me and want to come back. I also had a nice time with your and your nice sons going to tea ceremony, cooking class and some sites and so on. I hope I can guide you again when you come back and I am sure to take you to the sites you did not see! Best regards, Rick

Meredith M.

Dec 28, 2019

Insightful Day!

We really enjoyed our time with Rick. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We not only appreciated learning about the sites but we also loved just learning about his life in Japan. We spent a full 8 hours with Rick and even our 14 and 12 year olds were engaged the whole time. He planned a great day and made sure me maximized by planning efficiently. I would definitely recommend Rick!

Rick I.

Dear Meredith, Thank you very much for the nice review! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and had a nice time. All of your families are so nice and I enjoyed talking various things with all the members. Also I am glad you had a lot of interests in Japan and its cultures, so it was my pleasure explaining about it. Please enjoy some more days in Japan and have a safe trip back home. I hope you will come back to Kyoto some day in future. Best regards, Rick


Kate D.

Dec 23, 2019

Kyoto with kids

We enjoyed our day sightseeing around Kyoto with Rick

Rick I.

Dear Kate and families, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. Your families are so nice and I enjoyed talking with all of you especially in the monkey mountain park. Please enjoy more in Japan and I hope you will come back Kyoto someday in future. Best regards, Rick

$157/ per group

More tours by Rick I.

Popular Tours in Kyoto

My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

8 hours

This tour is designed for those who would like to visit major scenic sites in Kyoto and off-the-beaten spots as well in a single day. The route is the one that has been favored and admired by many of my guests for the past few years. The itinerary mainly consists of three areas; Kitayama, Arashiyama and Fushimi areas. You will surely have unforgettable memories through the tour with me.

FROM$255/ per group
Yoshihisa T.
4.95(97) reviews

6hour Kyoto exciting private tour

6 hours

概要 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 1000yen 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

FROM$165/ per group
Toshiyo O.
4.63(156) reviews

Kyoto One Day Highlights

8 hours

In this tour I will show you the most popular spots in Kyoto in 8 hours. Following is a sample itinerary including 2 temples with beautiful gardens, 1 Shinto shrine and Nishiki Market at the end of the day. Let's wander around Japan's most traditional city!

FROM$252/ per group
Mari N.
4.81(123) reviews

Kaleidoscopic Kyoto w/Award-winning Photographer

6 hours

Ancient Artistic Kyoto Highlights Tour! An award-winning + a magazine-cover photographer & an MBA graduate who majored in tourism & hospitality management at Kyoto U will guide you to iconic places+the off-the-beaten tracks to take fantastic pictures. Knowing the city as a local student for twelve years made me a bonna-fide professional guide in one of the most attractive capitals around the globe.

FROM$618/ per group
Ai A.
4.80(20) reviews