Highlight Tour of Kyoto


Kenji M.

4.71(63) reviews
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 7 people

The tour includes five typical tourist destinations in Kyoto city.

We will start with visiting Kiyomizudera Temple literally meaning "Pure water temp...

Meeting Point

At your hotel

1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple ( with huge panoramic veranda ) entrance fee:400yen

2. Strolling from Kiyomizu to Gion area

3. Nijyo Castle entrance fee:1300yen

Admission fee is 1300yen for Ninomaru Palace and gardens

4. Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) entrance fee:400yen

5. Ryoanji Temple ( with famous rock garden ) entrance fee:500yen

Ending Point

At your hotel or the final destination

What to Expect

The tour includes five typical tourist destinations in Kyoto city.

We will start with visiting Kiyomizudera Temple literally meaning "Pure water temple". It is the most popular sightsseing spot where you connot miss the panoramic view of the city from its huge stage jutting over a cliff. Many visitors drinking from the streams of pure water falls in the temple expect some divine blessings.

From Kiyomizudera to Gion (classy Gasha district) there is best strolling course in which you can taste the flavor of traditional Kyoto while enjoying stone steps and stone pavement along many cozy and elegant shops,restaurants and old buildings.

In the afternoon we will visit Nijyo Castle,the huge residence of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto, who had been ruling Japan from 17th C to mid 19th C. It was adorned with lavish decorations to show off their absolute power.

Next we will visit Kinkakuji Temple,well known as Golden Pavilion,is definitely must-see in Kyoto. The shining gold leaf covering three-story pavilion never fail to impress visitors with its breathtaking beauty.

The last visit is Ryoanji Temple very famous for its mysterious rock garden.

No one knows for certain when, why and by whom it was created.

so it's up to everyone's interpretation.

My guide fee is 39000yen / 8hours (up to 7 persons)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto city

What‘s not included

Special one day pass costing 1100 yen/person (you & guide) covering all transportation fee of bus and subway.

Entrance fee for each facility.

Lunch,dinner for you and guide.

Important Information

I can customize any private tour if you give me the information of your request in advance.

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


Elaine C.

Jan 11, 2023

Long walking tour

Highlights of Osaka: Castle museum (unfortunately the castle is a replica but on original grounds) Sky garden with beautiful views of the city Sushi at a small diner—best we have ever eaten Temple complex built during Edo period

Kenji M.

Thank you for your great review ! I'm very glad that you could enjoy my tour and tasty sushi. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan. Thank you, Kenji


Lisa B.

Dec 1, 2019

Lovely guide and very helpful!

Thank you so much Kenji for travelling with our group to Kibune and the beautiful temples in northern Kyoto! Thanks for your patience while we took so many photos :)

Kenji M.

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your wonderful review of the customized private tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoy the tour while taking so many nice photos. I could not understand your technical terms of photography but enjoyed myself watching your skills and teaching of beautiful photography . Best regards Kenji


Ziad H.

Nov 27, 2019

Mixed results

We used the services of Mr. Kenji for 5 days, and before that I had been in correspondence with him fir many months to plan those days. My experience during the planning phase is that he was very helpful and responsive, and was able to provide a lot of valuable information and options that made the planning experience much easier. On the other hand, during our actual visit there were several mistakes that significantly impacted the quality of our trip during those 5 days and in fact made them the worst in our 2 week trip to Japan: a museum that was scheduled on the day of its weekly closing; our evening with the geishas where we did not get the exact agreement we had; a full day that turned out to be a total disaster due to very bad scheduling (missed the most important shrine; missed the ninja performance; had lunch at an incredibly expensive restaurant while we had a much better meal of better quality and cheaper in Osaka in addition to not being warned beforehand that we can only pay in cash which we had to scramble to get; etc etc..) This definitely gave me the impression that some attention to details and proper planning would have radically improved our experience. So in summary, it was an mixed outcome that could have been much better.

Kenji M.

Dear Ziad, I'm very sorry for some incovenience suffering you during our tours. They are mixed with some causes. Scheduling at weekly closing of the museum was my mistake. As to dinner with gaisha girl performance we booked it correctly through our restaurant but we found it was gaisha agent's fault. We could manage to ask them additional performance through negotiation. Regarding long distance tour to ninja museum and Ise shrine etc traffic jam and inexperienced driver's routing caused delay of our itinerary resulting in missing of ninja show and shorter shrine visit. I might had better to have asked you to start our tour earlier to avoid possible traffic jam. I should have explained the comparison of Matsusaka beef in Osaka and Mie if you don't insist eating it in Mie to avoid misconception. I will improve my guiding with detailed confirmation about key items,adding more extra time for long distance tour and preparation for alternative options in case of prospective trouble to minimize its risk. Best regards, Kenji


Barbara D.

Nov 7, 2019

9 hours to see Kyoto

Kenji was knowledgeable, efficient, and flexible while showing us his home town of Kyoto. He expertly guided us through the Osaka subway and train stations, saving us valuable time we would have spent trying to read signs and figure out our route. He recommended okonomiyaki for lunch at a small restaurant in or near the Gion district and it was delicious!

Kenji M.

Dear Barbara-san, Thank you for your excellent review of my tour. I'm very glad that you liked my home town Kyoto and my recommeded lunch. With the limited day-trip time from Osaka I managed to guide you several major tourists spots but Kyoto has plenty of sites worth visiting and facinating attractions. So I do recommed you to stay at least several days in Kyoto next time to enjoy more. Please contact me anytime if you need me in future. Best regards, Kenji

$295/ per group

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