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[Basic Course] 1 day tour in Western Kyoto (Kitayama-Arashiyama)

Tokie T.

4.92(12) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

Kyoto is one of the biggest destination is Japan, filled with traditional atmosphere.

But it's hard to explore the whole city in one day and this tour focuses on the western part called Kitayama and Arashiyama, which has many world heritage cultural sites and natural scenery. Through the tour, you'll feel the beauty of Japanese culture and nature and learn a lot about Kyoto and Japan.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kyoto city

Walk on a ninja floor of Nijo castle with historical art.

See the marvelous Golden Pavilion reflected on a pond.

Have a beautiful mountain scenery of Arashiyama from Togetsukyo bridge.

Walk in Tenryuji Japanese garden registered as World Heritage

Breathe in the fresh bamboo forest

Have a matcha (green tea) and a have a view of Kyoto from Okochi sanso villa

Ending Point

At your hotel in Kyoto city

What to Expect

We'll visit the most popular spots in Western Kyoto city, including Arashiyama bamboo forest and Golden Pavilion.

This area has a lot of beautiful Japanese gardens registered as World Heritage such as Tenryuji and Golden Pavilion and you'll learn some points to see a Japanese garden and history as well as Nijo castle.

Also Arashiyama area has a nice nature scenery and at Okochi sanso villa you can have a nice view of Kyoto city with greentea.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

hotel pick up area in Kyoto city

What‘s not included

Transportation fare (you and guide)

(Nijo castle - Golden pavilion : 230 yen

Golden pavilion - Arashiyama 420 yen


Entrance fee (Golden Pavilion : 400 yen

Nijo castle : 600 yen

Tenryuji temple garden: 500 yen

Okochi sanso villa with green tea : 1000 yen )

Important Information

Basically my schedule will be shown for only next 2 weeks but if you have any request for further days, please feel free to ask me.

It's a walking tour so please join the tour with walking shoes.

Taxi hire is available with extra charge if requested in advance.

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



Kristina P.

Jan 21, 2020

Great tour of Kyoto

We had a great day with Tokie in Kyoto. We saw a number of the very interesting sights and areas and learnt about the history and culture of Kyoto. Tokie also took some awesome photos for us! Thank you Tokie.


Ethan H.

Sep 3, 2019

Flexible and Fun

Tokie was prompt, flexible and very knowledgeable helping make the most of a one day trip to Kyoto. Will definitely refer her and look forward to a tour in Osaka sometime.


Gavin B.

Oct 11, 2018

Very friendly and adaptable

Because we were unsure of subway Tokie met us and helped us but tickets and at end of tour did the same again, even going with us because we had to change trains. She was very knowledgeable about the area and we met many local people. If we come back to Japan we would live to be guided by Tokie.

Tokie T.

Hi Gavin ! Thank you for joining my tour and I'm happy that you liked my tour ! I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the future !


Karl einar K.

Aug 1, 2018

Fantastic day in Osaka

Tokie was superb. She took us around her own neighborhood showing us a shrine and some local shops, including a stamp workshop were we made our own stamps. In the evening she took us barhopping and we tried out local drinks and foods. We definitely got to experience some of the local flavor that we probably wouldn't have found on our own. Tokie is easy to talk to, knowledgeable and an experienced guide. I highly recommend her.

$244/ per group

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