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Kyoto Customized Tour

8 Hours
up to 6 people
English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour covers a wide variety of places traditional and modern including unique ones like Imperial Mausoleum, Beer and Sake Brewery and “Gakushoku,”University Cafeteria.You can choose some from more than 30 places in 9 categories. I make an itinerary based on your preferences sometimes adding my recommendation.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Tamotsu.

  • Choose some from more than 30 places in 9 categories,

  • 1 TEMPLE

  • Ginkakuji Temple... Zen temple featuring wabi-sabi aethetic beauty, panoramic view of the ground from the top

  • Kiyomizudera Temple ...Spectacular view of Kyoto City from stage, drinking stream from Otowa Waterfall for good luck and countless souvenir shops on both sides of approach

  • Kinkakuji Temple ... Main Hall, Golden Pavilion, covered in brilliant gold leaf with a pond in front reflecting inverted image of the hall and mountains in back as borrowed landscape each.

  • Ryoanji Temple...Rock garden enclosed by earthen walls and verandah and 15 rocks rising up from white sand suggesting mountains in sea, and Japanese garden with path around pond

  • Kozanji Temple...Four painted scrolls from the Heian Period, the first manga in Japan, view of the Kiyotakigawa River Valley from the balcony and Japan's oldest tea field

  • Ninnaji Temple...Goten, the former residence of a head priest built in an imperial palace style featuring elegantly painted sliding doors,five-storey Pagoda and entrance gate san-mon guarding the entrance

  • Tenryuji Temple...Traditional Japanese garden with a central pond surrounded by rocks and pine trees and large painting of Bodhidharma, founder of Zen Buddhism

  • Toji Temple...Kondo, the temple's main hall and largest building, housing wooden statues, Kodo Hall or lecture hall housing 19 statues arranged according to a mandala with a main statue at the center, surrounded by others and five storey pagoda of 57 meters tall

  • Enryakuji Temple...Temple's complex, located atop 848m-high Mt.Hiei, is divided into three sections, Tōtō containing the most important building Kompon Chū-dō (Primary Central Hall), Saito housing a sculpture of Historical Buddha and Yokawa 4Km away

  • Byodoin Temple...A striking example of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture together with its garden


  • Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine...The head of 40,000 Inari Shrines nationwide, famous for 10,000 Trii gates and visited most by foreigners

  • Kamigamo-jinja Shrine...The Kyoto’s oldest Shinto shrine containing Honden (main shrine) and Gonden (temporary main shrine). Famous for two sand cones to ward off disasters and for a vast open lawn

  • Shimogamo-jinja Shrine...Complex featuring a striking two-storied gate, an arched bridge, small shrines dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac and a surrounding forest

  • Ujigami-jinja Shrine...Honden or sanctuary, the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan, characterized by its asymmetrical curved roof to offer shelter for worshippers

  • Heian jingu Shrine... A partial 5/8 scale replica of the original Imperial Palace from the Heian Period , a big Toriigate of 24m high and a Japanese landscape garden


  • Nijo Castle...Gorgeous palace consisting of six connected buildings with its interior decorated with wall paintings, carved transoms and metalwork fittings, which shows Shogun’s power over feudal lords, and a Japanese garden

  • Imperial Palace ...Former emperor's official residence consisting of historic buildings built on large grounds with 1.3kms long and 0.7kms wide

  • Fushimimomoyama Castle...Replica of the original castle built in the late 16th featuring twin keeps admired from the outside only


  • Imperial Mausoleum of Emperor Meiji... Circular-shaped mound of 60 meters long and 6.3 meters high for the Emperor who contributed to modern Japan and Spectacular view of Kyoto city


  • Togetsukyo Bridge...Bridge crossing the Oi River with a beautiful mountain range in the background

  • Bamboo Grove... One of the world’s most beautiful forests and famous for its natural beauty and distinct rustling sound from the bamboo swaying in the wind

  • Philosopher’s Walk...Beautiful stone path along the canal offering some pleasant relief from the heat of downtown Kyoto

  • Kyoto Botanical Gardens...The oldest and most comprehensive public botanical garden in Japan


  • Kyoto National Museum...One of four top-level national museums focusing on traditional Japanese art

  • Kyoto Railway Museum...One of Japan's three great railway museums covering the history of railways from steam locomotives to the shinkansen

  • Lake Biwa Canal Museum...Display of the construction of the seven kilometer long Lake Biwa Canal, comparative to the Suez and Panama Canals

  • Kyoto International Manga Museum...Massive collection of manga and special exhibitions


  • Toei Uzumasa Eigamura...Film studio displaying sets for Samurai movies

  • Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama ...Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama ...130 Japanese monkeys which children can get up close to by feeding. Even angry children begin to smile after seeing the animals and playing with them.


  • Sake and Beer Brewery...Sake and Beer brewing and filling processes

  • 9LUNCH

  • Gakushoku...Buffet style university cafeteria known for a wide variety of foods and good taste

  • Other places upon your request

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point At your hotel in Kyoto

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (about 1000 JPY per person, for you and guide), lunch (about 1500 JPY per person), entrance fee (about up to 1000 JPY each, for you and guide)


Available every day other than Sundays

•We use public transport.
•Walking shoes are recommended

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation fee?

We use public transportation, the cost will be approx. 1,000 yen per person

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from GoWithGuide.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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