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A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (South-east Kyoto) 4h

Highlights

Tomoe S.

4.91(44) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

This tour is recommended for the first timers 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 the most popular sightseeing spot for travelors from abroad and the temple which is very famous for its beautiful garden.

Meeting Point

At your hotel (lobby)(in Kyoto)

Tofukuji Temple

This temple was built in the 13th century and was one of the 'Five most important Zen temples in Kyoto'. This temple is so famous for its colored maple leaves in autumn (the view from 'Tsutenkyo Bridge is so famous!), however, this temple also has some beautiful Zen gardens. You can have the quiet, and peaceful time here.

It may be interesting for you to see the toilet of long time ago.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine: You can walk under 10000 vermillion torii gates tunnel.

You can walk under 10000 vermillion torii gates tunnel standing closely each other. In the movie, 'SAYURI (Memories of a Geisha)', a little girl (main character) runs under these torii gates.

This place is so popular among many people from all over the world and is always crowded with so many people. It's difficult to take good pictures, however, I will take good ones of you here. Leave it to me!!

A secret place which is my favorite place in Kyoto...

We will visit one more place, a rock garden, which I like to visit and spend some time in Kyoto.There are not so many people visiting here, and you can sit in front of the rock garden and enjoy the quiet and peaceful time.

Ending Point

This tour ends at Inari Station (JR) or Fushimi Inari Station (Keihan), however, I will give you some advice, where to have lunch around Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, how to go back to your hotel, and so on.

What to Expect

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine was built in the 8th century and is the head shrine of more than 30000 Inari jinjya shrines in Japan. You can pray for your business success because this shrine has the connection with rice harvest.

This shrine is also well known as a stage, used in the movie 'SAYURI'.

Tofukuji Temple is especially famous for its colored maple leaves in autumn, however, you can also enjoy its beauty of its green maples in other seasons.

We also visit its beautful gardens (zen gardens)


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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 : Tofukuji Temple, 400 Japanese yen

garden, 400 Japanese yen

another garden, 300 Japanese yen

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.

Please note that we will use public transportation.

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

Reviews

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

Sunn Y.

Jan 18, 2020

A wonderful day with a wonderful guide!!

Tomoe has been super patient with our accidental change of plans for the day (and there were 14 of us so you can well imagine!) and managed to save our day with helping translate a few things with our driver. She took us around for more than we bargained for (since the accident had almost brought our plans to a halt!) and introduced us to the places we visited very clearly. Meals were well planned for and the ambience was fantastic. I highly recommend her to tourists of Japan who require a caring and good guide who speaks good English. We will definitely ask her to guide us around again when we return to Japan. Sunn and 13 others in the family

Tomoe S.

Dear Sunn, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I was moved that you always think of your family and do a lot for your family. Because of the accident, we lost 3 hours, however, I'm glad that you were able to enjpy lunch and visit places in Kyoto. I had a really good time with you, such a big and nice family. Please come back to Kyoto again! TOMOE

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Angelica Z.

Jan 12, 2020

Enjoyable company

My daughter and I spent 2 lovely days with Tomoe. She is thoughtful, detail oriented and very sweet. We can’t asked for a better tour guide. Thank you so much Tomoe-San Hope to see you very soon ?

Tomoe S.

Dear Angelica, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review! I'm very happy to start 2020 with such nice people like you. (As I wrote you, and told you, the first three days of the New Year's Holiday are the very special days for Japanese people, and I'm very glad that I was able to spend such wonderful time with you on those days.) You are so nice and inspired me a lot as a woman, as a wife and as a mother! Please come to Kyoto again! I miss you a lot. Thank you very much for booking me as your guide! TOMOE

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Ronald B.

Jan 12, 2020

Excellent tour

Tomoe did an excellent job. Not only got us to the planned sightseeing locations and provided insightful information but also took the time and effort to help with some train arrangements. She is a very personable person and enjoyed visiting with her as much as seeing the sights. She only left us when we were securely on the train back to our hotel. As an aside, Nara is a great city to visit.

Tomoe S.

Dear Ron, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I'm glad that you enjoyed Nara on such a nice day in winter. I enjoyed talking with you and your sons, too. Thank you so much for finding me and giving me such a wonderful encounter! There are more nice places to visit in Kyoto. I hope that you will come to Kyoto again. TOMOE

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