Kyoto Golden Route (Nijo Arashiyama Kinkakuji Fushimi Inari)

Highlights

Hideo Y.

4.43(117) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan from 794 over one thousand years.

I would like to introduce you Nijo Castle, Arashiyama bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji Temple, and Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Meeting Point

at your hotel

09:20 AM

Nijo Castle

One of the most important historical events was held in this palace.

11:20 AM

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

We enjoy walking Bamboo Forest.

02:30 PM

Kinkakuji Temple

The Temple of Golden Pavilion

04:00 PM

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Ending Point

at your hotel

What to Expect

Kinkakuji Temple is more familiar to foreign tourists as "The Temple of the Golden Pavillion". It was built during the 14th century on the grounds of a mountain villa belonging to Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Golden Pavilion can be seen both in its natural form and as an upside-down image on the pond.

Nijo castle served as the residence of the Tokugawa family and their retainers when they visited Kyoto. However in 1867 Japanese historical event was held at Nijo Castle. The 15th shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu returned his power to the emperor and next year Japan officially started to become a modern state.

Fushimi Inari Shrine founded in the early 8th century is very popular shrine. On the average, as many as 2.7 million people pay their first visit to this shrine during the first three days of January every year. You can pass through Senbontorii or one thousand shrine gates.

Kiyomizu Temple literally means "Clean Water Temple." It is built over a cliff and is famous for its wide veranda and tall wooden pillars. From the veranda, there is a panoramic view of Kyoto. The Otowa waterfall is at the foot of the cliff. The water is channeled into three streams. Have you ever heard of the meaning of three streams ?

The street from Shijo Ohashi to Yasaka Shrine is lined with traditional souvenir shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Gion corner is close to this street. With luck you might see Geiko and Maiko.

Please join the golden route of Kyoto !!

Thank you.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

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

Important Information

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If you are a good walker , you can enjoy walking Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka and Kiyomizu slopes lined with souvenir shops and restaurants ion the way to Kiyomizu Temple. Furthermore you can wear rent kimono for about 5,000 yen a day.

You can enjoy walking and shopping on Nishiki Market.

Luckily you might see Geiko and Maiko around Gion area. if you are interested in tradirional Japanese culture, you can visit Gion Corner where you enjoy traditional performances such as Geiko and Maiko Dance, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, court music, and Bunraku (Japanese puppet play) and the like for 2,800yen per person at 6pm and 7pm.

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

Could you tell us how much transportation fee and entrance fee are ?

We use trains, buses, and a taxi. If we start from Kyoto Station, transportation fee for trains and buses is about 1,000 yen per person.. Entrance fee is 1,700 yen per person.

Reviews

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Mimi C.

Dec 29, 2022

Christmas trip

Thank you Hideo-san for a fun city and Naoshima Island tour. Even though the commute was long, it was smooth and easy, thanks to your extremely well-organized

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your good review. I'm sure you enjoyed the tour of Japan, especially you saw unique outdoor works in Modern Art Island Naoshima. I wish you and all your family good health and happiness. Thank you!

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Bin bin tan .

Dec 13, 2022

Lacking explanations

I had booked this for some clients of mine. Communication is punctual but clients commented that not much explanation was given on the sights.

Hideo Y.

I awfully sorry to say I didn't have so much explanation, but this tour was mainly sightseeing of 10 million-dollar night view of Kobe, so I hope your guests felt naturally beautiful landscape and took a lot of pictures and videos, so I didn't think I had so much explanation. Thank you for joining my tour. Best wishes to you and your guests.

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Alfonso S.

Oct 19, 2022

Good day in Kobe

We finalize our tour in Japan visiting Kobe with Mr. Hideo, who was very knowledgeable about that destination since he lived there for many years. Thanks for showing up the top spots and helping us finding after the tour the Pokémon toys for our grandchildren. Arigato Gosaimas.

Hideo Y.

Hello Alfonso I'm very happy to receive your message. I'm sure you enjoyed Kitano Ijinkan including Weather cock house, and sake tasting. I hope you come back to Japan again. Thank you, very much.

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Kyle S.

Oct 18, 2022

Kyoto and Nara with HIDEYOSHI

HIDEYOSHI is highly organized and timely. On the first day that we met him, he provided us with a daily time table of the planned itinerary as well as the expected transportation / food / admission costs. This was useful to get an idea of how much cash to have on hand each day. His English is quite good and he gave us valuable historical background on many Kyoto and Nara sites that we visited, which made us appreciate everything with a different perspective. We visited most of the famous sites as well as some off the beaten path locations. We ate tasty matcha tofu udon, kaiseki, yudofu, yuba, amazake, wagashi, daifuku, matcha and matcha sweets. We browsed around Nishiki market, the Nara shotengai, the Kiyomizu shops and slopes (be careful not to slip or lose either 3,2,1 years of your life - another fun fact we learned). We covered enormous ground in our couple of days, with tons of walking--definitely 10,000+ if not 20,000+ steps daily. HIDEYOSHI has no problem walking this much with you. It was a pleasure to walk the entire Philosopher's Path after seeing Ginkakuji. Of course in circumstances where it made more sense to take transportation we certainly did (bus, taxi, subway, Randen). Thank you HIDEYOSHI. We learned a lot.

Hideo Y.

Hi Kyle, I'm very happy to receive your message. I hope you enjoyed Kyoto tour. You liked matcha very much, especially sprinkled green tea that we had on Sannenzaka slope was the most delicious I've ever had. We walked on the philosopher's Path between Ginkakuji and Nanzenji. Next time I strongly recommend you visit Kyoto in Spring. I'm sure you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing on Philosopher's Path. Please imagine the looks that cherry blossom petals are floating on the Lake Biwa Canal. I live in Osaka, so when you visit Japan next time, I'd like to show you Osaka, different from Kyoto. Osaka is very interesting and unique city. I look forward to seeing you again. Thank you, Kyle.

$236/ per group

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