Early Bird Half Day Tour in Eastern Part of Kyoto


Koichi W.

4.91(32) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 7 people

Shall we explore some of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Kyoto while most tourists are preparing for their tour? On this tour, we first visit Kiyomizudera Buddhist temple to avoid busy tourists. And then, walk down to Gion Geisha Town through Ninenzaka/Sannenzaka worshiper's path of the temple which is designated as a historical preserved area for its beautiful townscape. Then we are going to famous Fushimi Inari Shrine or Sanjusangen-do temple. Beat the crowds!


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Meeting Point

At your hotel


JR Kyoto Station or at your hotel

Meet you at the gate of JR Kyoto station or at your hotel


Kiyomizudera Temple

We are heading to Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Kyoto.


Walking through Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka

After visiting the Kiyomizudera temple, we are walking down the worshiper's path of the temple called Ninenzaka/Sannenzaka, historical preserved area, to Gion Geisha town.


Exploring Gion Geisha Town walking through Yasui Konpira Shrine

Let's walk around and explore Gion Geisha town in calm atmosphere in the morning.


Fushimi-Inari Shrine (or Sanjusangen-do temple)

From Gion-Shijo station to Inari, we are taking Keihan Railway. Fushimi inari is the one of the oldest Shito shrines and the most popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. It is famous for many orange-color Torii gates just like a tunnel.


Sanjusangendo Temple

Fom Fushimi-Inari, we take Keihan train and go to Sanjusangendo, which is famous for 1001 statues of Kannon Bodhisattva and as a venue of "Toshiya" Archery contest.


See you off at Kyoto Station or Shijo-Kawaramachi Downtown Kyoto near Nishiki food market

I would like to drop you at the places you like for lunch.

Ending Point

At JR Kyoto Station or downown Kyoto near Nishiki food market

What to Expect

On this tour, I would like to show you those highlights such as ,

-Kiyomizudera, one of the most popular temples in Japan. You will have a beautiful view of its precinct and the town from the famous wooden stage "Kiyomizu-no-Butai".

-Ninenzaka Sannenzaka, worshiper's path to Kiyomizudera, historical preserved area, you can try to taste

various kinds of Japanese sweets in a nostalgic atmosphere.

-Gion Geisha Town whichi is the biggest amusement quarters of female entertainers, Geiko and Maiko. Let's take a picture of yourself as an old Japanese.

-Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine which is famous for many orange-color Torii gates like a tunnel. If you walk through the gates, your wishes might be granted.

-Sanjusangendo Temple This temple hall is the longest wooden architecture which has 33 spaces between pillars. Sanjusan means thirty three. This is a significant number. Why is it? Please find it out!

Enjoy the early morning walking tour with me without crowds!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, Guide's transportation and admission fees

What‘s not included

Your transportation and admission fees, other personal expenses

Important Information

Time for lunch is not included in this tour.

Estimated local cost would be around 1800 yen per person

>Admission fee:1000 yen per person

-Sanjusangen-do : 600 yen per person

-Kiyomizudera : 400 yen per person

>Train fare : 760 yen per person

>Bus fare : 230 yen per person

-If you take a taxi , the fare would be around 460 yen to 3000 yen per cab instead of bus fare. *Most cabs can accommodate up to 4 passengers including me.

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



Khor S.

Dec 22, 2019

Very Professional and Kind Guide

We, family of 5, engaged Koichi for 2 days in Osaka and Kyoto. Taking a public transport with someone on wheelchair always needs extra time and sometimes can be challenging. Koichi is very familiar with the train routes and he knows where the lifts in the train station are located. He always came prepared with a plan of the places that we wanted to go and explained all the background/history well. Furthermore, he knows where the good spots for photos are and helped us take many nice pictures. Overall, he is a fun and caring guy and took care of all our needs. Without him, we would not have been able to visit so many places in 2 days. Thanks, my friend, Koichi!


Anna F.

Nov 27, 2019

Kind, generous, thoughtful and fun guide....highly recommend

Koichi gave our family a day we wont forget. His thoughtful itinerary kept the day fun and interesting. We never went in and out the same way to any area - he took us on interesting side streets or along beautiful waterways. We even stopped at a great mochi place and a very old green tea restaurant. Koichi was interesting; always having explanations backed up with pamphlets to help us understand anything we had questions about about. We enjoyed our time and would highly recommend him to anyone.

Koichi W.

Hi! Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I was also able to have a pleasant time with you , your husband and lovely cute daughters. Well, I will never forget your face when I ate a chocolate ball like a deer’s poop in Nara park. That was very fun! Anyway I hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks again, Anna san.


Suzanne S.

Nov 5, 2019

Superb guide, friendly and knowledgeable

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Koichi and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking for a guide. We had 7 hours in Osaka and we communicated prior to our arrival on how best to plan our time there. We visited Osaka castle, Shitennoji Buddhist temple and beautiful gardens and a tea ceremony at Maikoya. Koichi found us a great place to have some “Japanese fast food”, udon noodles and tempura. We were a party of six and included in the group was my mother who has limited mobility. Koichi was patient and understanding and and I truly appreciate that he sought out the use of elevators and slopes for her to use on the public transport and at tourist sights. Koichi is easy to understand and happy to show tourists around his beautiful country, he even brought us origami cranes that his wife made for us all. I appreciate the fact that Koichi included his transportation fees in the itinerary and I was able to prepay that. Thank you Koichi for taking photos along the way...we will always remember our time in Osaka with you. Next time we come to Japan we will book you for a tour of Kyoto.

Frederick J.

Nov 4, 2019

A great guide for Nara and Kyoto

We were very pleased with Koichi as our guide for a day in Nara and another in Kyoto. He was knowledgeable, energetic, flexible, attentive - and kind! - and escorted us to many fascinating and beautiful sights over the two days that we hired him. He is well-educated, speaks English well, and has diverse life experiences which broaden his guiding capabilities. Highly recommended!

Koichi W.

Hi! Frederick san, Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I was able to have a great time with you. Well, During the tour I was amazed by your enthusiasm for photography. If I have a chance to attend you, I would like to show you more interesting places where you might be interested in.

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