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Fully customizable private half day tour in Kyoto

Art, Culture, & Historical
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There are so many great places in Kyoto that you probably want to visit but perhaps not enough time. Also, Kyoto is getting very crowded due to a lot of foreigners visiting there. It is best to have a local person guiding you to come up with a plan that suits your preference.

I can create a tour with you which includes not only popular places like the Golden Pavilion and Fushimi Inari but small temples with Wabi Sabi such as those in Sagano and the oldest Japanese sweet shop in Murasakino.

Kyoto Tour Guide - Nori I.
Nori I.
5.00 / 5
(11 reviews)
09:00 AM

Meeting Point

At your hotel or wherever you choose

09:30 AM

Kiyomizu Temple

Will visit Kiyomizu temple which is one of the most well known temples in Japan. Established in the 8th century and the temple has been welcoming people from across Japan and now from all over the world. It is one temple that is better to have someone explaining the meanings of all the areas inside.

10:30 AM

Walk on Sannenzaka and traditional narrow paths to Gion

Will stroll on the famous Sannenzaka after seeing Kiyomizu temple and see the well known Yasaka pagoda. We will continue walking towards Gion by going through the old traditional narrow paths.

11:00 AM

Gion area

Will go through Gion area where you can see the traditional tea houses that Maiko/Geiko (Geisha) entertain customers. If you are lucky, we might be able to come across the beautiful geisha ladies going out and about.

12:00 PM

Nishiki Market

After going through the traditional Gion area, we will walk over to the Kyoto's Kitchen, the Nishiki Market. All kinds of Japanese food especially ones famous in Kyoto such as Kyoto pickles are there to see and possibly try. Kitchen related items such as the famous Aritsugu knives are sold here.

Ending Point

West side exit of the Nishiki Market (Takakura street)

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What‘s included

- Interpretation/guide fee, hotel pick up

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What‘s not included

- Transportation fee (you and the guide), lunch (you and the guide), entrance fee, experience fee (if included)

Examples of entrance fees: Kiyomizu temple ¥400, The golden Pavilion ¥500, Daitokuji ¥1,550 for three sub temples,

Arashiyama Monkey Park ¥600

Tour Important Information

- In order to create a fully customized tour, we need enough time to plan together. Please book well ahead of your time of travel to allow

enough time to communicate by email and come up with the best tour for you.

- This tour involves walking and public transportations.

- The guide will not be liable for any injuries or loss incurred during the tour. It is recommended to have overseas travel insurance.

Also, please remember to carry enough cash in Japanese Yen since some small stores do not accept credit card. Thank you.

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Kyoto Tour Reviews

Shiga is amazing

Nori was such a wonderful tour guide and was so flexible with us and the schedule. We had an amazing time and we were not disappointed at all. Shiga is an amazing place and I hope more people would go and explore it!

Tammy K.

Thanks for your kind comments! I also had fun exploring my favorite places with you guys! Soon I am sure people will start to find out more about this amazing hidden area of Japan. If you guys can come back, I will make sure we can go to even more fun secret spots!! Hope to see you all again! Take care!

Superb guide

Nori took into account what we had already seen and planned a tour of temples and amazing zen stone gardens. An extra treat was visiting a tea shop operating since year 1000. The tea and old style mochi were the best. His English is excellent, and he is a great guide.

Amy L.

Thanks for your kind comments! I really appreciate it. I wish I could have taken you all to more places in Kyoto. Have a safe trip back to the US. Hopefully you can come again to Japan in the future to experience other beautiful places here. Take care!

T

Tracey L.

5 / 5
May 17, 2024

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We've had many guides on our extensive travels throughout the world and Nori is one of the very best we've ever toured with. His wide ranging knowledge, incredible flexibility, careful planning, amazing attention to detail......I could go on and on..... We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him (in spite of the 20,000+ steps we walked!) and particularly appreciated his insights on historical and contemporary Kyoto/Japanese culture. We recommend him highly! Thanks so much, Nori, for making our visit to Kyoto so very memorable!

Tracey L.

Thank you very much for your kind words. Hope your legs are ok now after walking so much. You have been to Japan so many times, so I was concerned if I met your expectations… Hope we can explore more together in other areas the next time you come. Will wait for you!

$159/ per group

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