This is a half-day tour for the people who would like to visit Kyoto in a limited time. Please pick one or two sightseeing places from the following list and I will take you there at a reasonable price.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
At your hotel in Kyoto
Arashiyama Area (For example Tenryu-ji Temple, Okochi Sanso, Ninomiya Shrine etc.)
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture)
At your hotel in Kyoto
You can experience both temples and shrines as well as visit beautiful Japanese bamboo grove and gardens. With my help, you will be able to understand Japanese culture and food. I will take you to these places by public transportation. Such transportation costs about 2000 yen for 1 day. It is your own tour. You can stay in the place you like as long as you want to, taking pictures and enjoying the scenic beauty. Take your time. No hurry.
In Kyoto, there are countless sightseeing places to see. Here are some options:
-Nijo Castle ... One of the finest castles from the Edo period. The Ninomaru Palace in the Castle has 33 rooms , 800 tatami mats and many superb wall paintings.
-Arashiyama Area ... Mainly Tenryu-ji Temple, which has a beautiful pond garden and the bamboo forest close to Tenryu-ji Temple, but I can take you to some other tourists spots in Arashiyama area such as Okochi Sanso with beautiful garden, Nonomiya Shrine etc.
-Kinkaku-ji Temple...Golden Pavilion whose top two floors are completely covered with gold leaf.
-Fushimi Inari ... It has 1000 torii gates. There are 2 courses: a short course with 30 minutes and a long hiking course with 2 hours since it is located at the foot of Mt Inari. It is the top headquarters of 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan.
-Kimono experience ... You can experience putting on Kimono for about 2500 yen per person.
-Tea ceremony experience ... You can experience tea ceremony for about 2000 yen per person.
-Nishiki Market ... If you would like to, I can take you to a Yuba (bean curd sheet) factory as well.
-Kiyomizudera Temple ... It is located in one of the oldest area of Kyoto city. You can enjoy shopping , eating and making handicrafts as well as the view of Kyoto city from the temple.
-Toji Temple ... It has a city landmark of the five story (57 meters high) pagoda. The lecture hall has contains 21 striking mandara images.
-Sanjusangendo ... It has 1001 Buddha statues with 40 hands and 11 faces on the heads.
-Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture) ... It is a long history temple with important cultural property, Niomon Gate and a famous Benkei bell. Although it is next to Kyoto and takes about 15 minutes from Otsu Station, which is 10 minute train ride, the area is very quiet and pretty with Lake Biwa, which is the largest lake in Japan.
I would like to take you any other places you are interested in.
Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area
Transportation fee (you and your guide), lunch and/or dinner, entrance fee
Toshiyo was such a great guide! very communicative before the trip. 1/2 day in kyoto, 2 adults, & 2 kids (6 & 8). she gave us great information we would have missed if she wasn't with us. helped us with the Bus. kept my kids engaged. it was a great introduction to beautiful Kyoto! thank you for all your suggestions Toshiyo!
Hi Stephanie Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I am very glad you liked Kyoto. I was much impressed by your beautiful family. I hope you will come back in cherry blossoms season. Best regards. Toshiyo
Toshi is a great tour guide. She has a lot of energy and is very knowledgable. I enjoyed going to the temples/shrines with Toshi. She would come up with some surprising details that made the visit so much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend Toshiyo as a guide.
Dear Prasanna Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I appreciate your coming to hot Kyoto. I am happy you enjoyed very quiet Kyoto. I hope to see you again. Best regards. Toshiyo
Toshiyo was very knowledgeable of the Osaka area. With several places closed she was still able to provide a full day of visiting various sites.
Dear l Dennis Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I am afraid we walked a lot but I hope you enjoyed Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. I appreciate your kindness. Thank you very much. Best regards. Toshiyo
We have traveled extensively and Toshiyo was the best tour guide. She was a most gracious and knowledgeable companion in visiting these historic sites. Toshiyo is very special and we are very grateful that we met her!
Dear Dorothy and Moses, Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I appreciate you having me as your guide for your precious trip to Kyoto and Nara. I was much impressed and moved by your stories. I hope you had a great time in Japan and will come back again. Toshiyo