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A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (East Kyoto) 4h


Tomoe S.

4.91(47) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

This tour is recommended for the first visitors to Kyoto. Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for 1000 years and has many old temples and shrines to visit. In this tour, you can visit two of the most famous and popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto and see the wonderful tradition, especially about Buddhist culture.

Meeting Point

At your hotel (lobby) (in Kyoto)

Sanjyusangendo Temple

You can see 1001 statues of Buddha in a hall. It's a 'Forest of Buddha'. You will be amazed at the scenery. It is said that you will find the Buddha which resembles you among these statues.

Please be noted that you have to take off your shoes to enter the building.

Please be noted that you cannot take any pictures in this hall. Please imprint the breathtaking view in your memory!

Kiyomizudera Temple

This temple was built on the 13-meter cliff without using any nails in the 8th century. (UNESCO World Cultural Herigate site)

You can enjoy the panoramic view of Kyoto city, shopping and eating on its approach way. (There are many souvenir shops around this temple and you can enjoy shopping. Kiyomizu Pottery is produced in this area and you will find good presents for your family and friends.) How about trying some pieces of 'Yatsuhashi' (specialty sweets of Kyoto area)? You can try some different kinds of 'Yatsuhashi'.

You can also visit waterfall which is famous because the water gives you, 'longevity, love, or study (wisdom)'

This temple is so beautiful with cherry blossoms in spring and colored maple leaves in fall. Please enjoy!!

Jisyu Jinjya Shrine

This shrine is famous as the Shinto shrine for love and many young people like to visit this shrine.

(Jisyu Jinjya Shrine will start its renovation in August 2022 and be closed for public for 3 years.)


You can hold on to the string of Buddhist rosary beads in the dark hall and feel like to go back to your mother's womb.

(If you don't like, you can omit here.)

Ending Point

Exit of Kiyomizudera Temple (Nio Mon, a Deva gate) , however, I will give you some advice, where to have lunch around the temple, how to go back to your hotel, and so on.

What to Expect

You can visit two of the most famous and popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto and see the wonderful tradition, especially about Buddhism culture.

In Sanjyusangendo Temple, no one is allowed to take pictures in the hall, so please go there and imprint the breathtaking view in your memory.

Kiyomizudera Temple is registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, and from its veranda, you can see the panoramic view of Kyoto city.

In the precinct of Kiyomizudera Temple, there is a famous shrine for love, Jisyu Jinjya Shrine, and many people come and pray for their love. (Jisyu Jinjya Shrine will start its renovation in August 2022 and will be closed for public for 3 years.)

Around Kiyomizudera Temple, there many souvenir shops and you can enjoy shopping there.

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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)

Entrance fee : Kiyomizudera Temple, 400 Japanese Yen/person

Sanjusangendo Temple, 600 Japanese Yen/person

(Zuigudo, 100 Japanese Yen/person)

Important Information

If you book me early, I can exchange mails with you many times to know what you want to do in details, collect information and prepare a lot for your plan. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything in advance.

I can guide you in the morning almost every day.(from 8:30 or 9:00 AM till 13:00 or 13:30PM)

This year, in case of the full day tour, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, are available.

Kiyomizudera Temple is now being renovated and the main hall is covered.

In Sanjyusangendo Temple, you cannot take pictures. Also, you have to take off your shoes.

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



Frances C.

Nov 17, 2022

Fun and Fantastic Guide

Tomoe was genuine and honest. When I did the booking for the Marvelous Autumn World tour for November 11, she told me that November 11 would be a bit early to see the fall foliage in full display and would monitor the progress. Prior to the tour, she was also very kind to answer multiple questions I had for Kyoto including how to get to various tourist spots in Kyoto. On the day of the tour, she took time to make adjustment with our interest in mind. We ended up visiting a site which had autumn foliage progressed and two other sightseeing spots that we had not visited yet. She is warm and treated us like her friends. She even surprised us with a limited edition of Pocky as November 11 was Pocky Day in Japan! She also explained to us the Japanese language with respect to Japanese names of people and places. When it was lunch time, she was quick and flexible to phone a reasonably-priced lunch spot as the area was full of expensive vegetarian restaurants. She spoke fluent English that was easy to understand. We will definitely recommend her to everyone!

Tomoe S.

Dear Frances, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review! You are so nice family and I enjoyed the day with you in Kyoto! I'm glad that you enjoyed the autumn foliage in Kyoto, such as at Kiyomizudera Temple, Tenjyuan, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Please say 'hi' to all of your family. I hope that you will come back to Kyoto again. Thank you very much for booking me. TOMOE


Janet F.

Nov 16, 2022

The Best Tour Guide Ever

We've had many a tour guide in our travels but I must say Tomoe was the best we've ever had. She handled our 3 generation family of 12 (ages 5 to 74) with ease. She is a remarkable woman, kind, thoughtful and very punctual. Before arriving in Japan, I corresponded with her at length and she answered every question I had promptly and made many suggestions. When we met at Nara Station, she remembered all our names and gave everyone a gift! She took pictures for us and led us all around Nara Park and Todaiji. She took us to Mizuya Chaya (a very quaint and picturesque restaurant) for lunch with deer all around. What an unforgettable day it was! We did another tour with her in Kyoto. She arrived very early to our hotel and we did a tour to Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine. She arranged taxis for all 12 of us which was a feat in itself. She knows Nara and Kyoto (and I'm sure Osaka) like the back of her hand. We had train reservations from Kyoto back to Kansai Airport but no seat assignments. She swiftly guided me to the JR Ticket Office through the maze of Kyoto Station and hoards of people and helped us get our seats! I was so thankful. You will truly be in good hands with Tomoe! When we said goodbye, it felt like saying goodbye to a friend. I recommend her highly. You will not regret it! Janet Feyerisen

Tomoe S.

Dear Janet, Thank you sooo!! much for such a warmhearted review!!! Thanks to you, I was able to spend super! wonderful! great! 2 days in Nara and Kyoto. I like all of your family and have missed all of you... Please come to Kyoto (and Nara) again. Janet, you are a great tour leader! Thank you for finding me and sending me a mail of inquiry. Thank you for giving me the precious meeting with my best friend! TOMOE


Julie D.

Oct 21, 2022

Amazing Nara and Kyoto with Tomoe-san

My family and I had a wonderful time with Tomoe-san during our Nara and Kyoto tour. We were awed by the beautiful Nara park and Fushimi Inari Shrine and amazed by the majestic architectural masterpieces and teachings (preserved until now), reminiscent of the greatness of the Japanese empire. Tomoe-san was a superb guide, teaching and explaining the history, culture, and religious beliefs behind those structures and practices, and sharing interesting facts and anecdotes which made the tour interesting and full of learning. She was very patient, thoughtful and generous and is very good in her craft. She planned and organized the tour very well- the schedule, the places, the lunch, the transportation. She anticipates what her guests need and prepares for them. She also has good communication skills in English. I recommend Tomoe-san if you have a tour in Nara-Kyoto area!

Tomoe S.

Dear Julie and my favorite family, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review so soon! What a great day spending time with you in Nara and Kyoto! You are so sweet and all of your family are so nice. Thanks to you, I felt as if I were a member of your family (even though my given name doesn't start with 'J'). This is some of the best things that can happen to a guide. I do hope that you will make wonderful memories in Japan and will come back to Nara and Kyoto again to spend more time. Thank you very much again for giving me such a nice meeting. I miss all of your family, Julie, Judy, Jane and Julian. TOMOE

Alba A.

Sep 28, 2022

Don't Miss Out

Tomoe was absolutely AMAZING! She has great communication and provided above and beyond service. She would message me to keep me informed on weather and things to look out for. During our time she was flexible and a true expert in the Kyoto area. She even brought us Japanese snacks! She has such depth of knowledge and passion for her work. Don't miss out and book her! THANK YOU TOMOE for an unforgettable experience in Kyoto & Osaka!

Tomoe S.

Dear Alba, Thank you sooo much for such a warmhearted review! You're the first guest for me after 2 and a half years' blank due to COVID-19. Even since you booked me, 'Japanese regulations for travelers from abroad' has been changed and we have exchanged so many mails before meeting (about 60 mails!). You are such an attractive person and that's why I was able to spend unforgettable time with you. Thank you so much for choosing me as your guide in Kyoto and Osaka, and letting me share the precious time with you. You are AMAZING! I miss you all, Alba, Eddie, Daniel, Jane, Karina and Jody. Please come to Kyoto again! TOMOE

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