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A Wonderful day in Marvelous Autumn World

Day Trip

Tomoe S.

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

In Kyoto, there are many temples which have many Japanese maple trees. Those Japanese maple trees turn into red all around, in November.

Many people not only from the world but also from all over Japan visit Kyoto during this period. You will be definitely amazed at the gorgeous world you can see with your eyes.

Meeting Point

7:30 at your hotel in Kyoto or 8:00 at JR Kyoto station

Eikando(Zenrinji): This temple has another name,'Eikando of autumn leaves'. You can enjoy walking around the garden filled with beautiful as many as 3000 colored maple leaves.

Tofukuji: This temple is one of the 'Five most important Zen temples in Kyoto.' A view from Tsutenkyo bridge is so famous.

Ginkakuji: The two-storied pavillion is modeled after the Golden Pavillion (Kinkakuji), however, no silver is used for this temple. The modest appearance and beautiful sand garden represent traditional Japanese beauty of 'Wabi-sabi.'

Ending Point

the gate of GInkakuji (I will show you how to go back to your hotel)

What to Expect

In this tour, we will visit two famous (so famous!) temples which have gorgeous colored maple leaves early in the morning, and after lunch, we will visit Ginkakuji-temple.

Meeting time should be at 8:00 at Kyoto station or 7:30 at your hotel (in Kyoto).

'The early bird gets the worm.' We should start early and enjoy the marvelous world before so many people come. (Even if we arrive at Tofukuji-temple at 8:30, we will find many people there!)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch (you and guide), entrance fee (you and guide)

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.

* I'm very sorry, however, there are many steps inside of Eikando (Zenrinji), so, if you need to use a wheelchair, I recommend you to walk around only in the garden.

* There are many people visiting Kyoto during this period. Please find your hotel and book a room earlier.

*The time when Japanese maple leaves turn into red depends on each year. (Ususally around November 15 to the end of November.)

*This tour is available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this year. As for tours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, please send me a mail and ask.

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


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


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


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

$193/ per group

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