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Kyoto Early Bird Highlights with Car Service

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Join me on this tour as we explore four of Kyoto's must-see sights, starting early to beat the crowds. You'll enjoy the convenience of transportation between locations, with your knowledgeable guide driving you to each site. This allows you to save valuable time and energy for fully immersing yourself in the beauty and history of each location.

Kyoto Tour Guide - Kanae O.
Kanae O.
5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)
07:30 AM

Meeting Point

At your hotel or JR Yamashina station

- I will pick you up at your hotel if it is located in Kyoto city. Otherwise, please meet me in front of JR Yamashina station, which is the next station east of JR Kyoto station.

08:00 AM

Arashiyama (Bamboo Forest)

Once a cottage country for aristocrats and priests, this area still retains its charming rural atmosphere today. Despite being a popular tourist destination, the allure of a bamboo forest draws many visitors. Amidst the crowds, I'll lead you to some of my favorite small, yet authentic temples, offering a quieter and more genuine experience.

09:30 AM

Ryoanji Temple

The garden at Ryoanji Temple is renowned as one of Japan's most famous, embodying the essence of Buddhist Zen philosophy. Composed solely of white pebbles, stones, rocks, and moss, this 'dry landscape garden' evokes a profound sense of tranquility. Sitting quietly while gazing upon its minimalist beauty often leads to moments of Zen delight, with interpretations left open to the imagination. Recognizing its cultural significance, the temple was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.

10:30 AM

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Originally an aristocrat's cottage, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu transformed this site into his renowned retirement villa in 1397, later converted into a temple. Over the centuries, it has become one of Kyoto's most iconic temples, drawing countless tourists each year. The temple's garden is also famed for its beauty. As you stroll through the promenade-style garden, you'll marvel at the views of the pavilion and Kyoko-pond, also known as the 'mirror-lake pond,' from various vantage points. The temple was designated as UNESCO's World Heritage site in 1994.

12:00 PM

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kamishichiken Geisha District

Nestled in the northwest of Kyoto city, the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine boasts a rich history spanning over 1000 years. This shrine holds the distinction of being the very first in Japanese history to enshrine an actual person as a deity, renowned for his love of plum blossoms. As a result, the shrine features a stunning plum tree garden where visitors can revel in the beauty of the blossoms during March.

Adjacent to the shrine lies Kamishichiken, one of Kyoto's five Geisha districts. Unlike more touristy areas, Kamishichiken offers an authentic glimpse into traditional Geisha culture, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in its genuine charm.

Ending Point

Your hotel or a destination of your preference

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

Guide fee

Hotel pick-up, toll, fuel, parking

Transportation between locations by Honda Vezel 4 seaters

Admission fees for temples (Up to two temples)

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What‘s not included

Meals (Breakfast and lunch- about 15 USD per person)

Tour Important Information

*Although the guide will drive you between sites, please be aware that the tour entails a considerable amount of walking. Therefore, it's advisable to wear comfortable shoes.

* The car can accommodate four people besides the driver; however, you may find the rear seat to be somewhat cramped and less comfortable.

* If your hotel does not have sufficient parking space, I may ask you to wait in front of your hotel for pick-up.

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Kyoto Tour Reviews

Kanae of Kyoto - Amazing Guide

We had a wonderful guided journey through Kyoto with Kanae. Kanae guided My hubby, myself and our 6 year old daughter (who was very tired after 6 days of touring prior). Having Kanae drive us around in her car was such a peaceful and relaxed Kyoto experience. Kanae was very well organised and she made the tour flow perfectly for us and our situation with our tired daughter. Kanae also took us to a traditional Japanese restaurant which was something we wanted to do…. We were the only foreigners in the restaurant. We 100% recommend Kanae to anybody reading this. Don’t think twice….. just book her, she is so lovely and really go’s the extra mile! Also for what it’s worth Kanae’s English is excellent!

Peta K.

Peta, thank you so much for your kind review! I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Your enthusiasm was truly uplifting! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. Thank you again!

Tour of Kyoto

Our tour was great. It was targeted to the things we wanted to see. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. Our host Kanae was wonderful. She was prepared with everything you would need. Umbrellas and ice cold drinks in the severe heat were key. She communicated prior to the trip which made things worry free for us. I highly recommend you book a tour with Kanae. We were able to see much more than we would have on our own in the short time we had in Kyoto.

Marie S.

Marie, Thank you so much for your kind review! I really appreciated both of your high spirits in trying to enjoy the tour despite the severe heat, which made me feel good. I hope you will bring good memories of Kyoto back home.

Tawana T.

Tawana T.

5 / 5
Jun 23, 2024

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A Wonderful Morning In Kyoto!

I highly recommend Kanae, she is knowledgable, kind and attentive. She has a wealth of information about Kyoto and Japanese history as a whole and shares it in an easy to understand interesting manner and is happy to tailor the tour to each individual’s interest. As a solo traveler, spending the half day with her felt as easy and enjoyable as if I was accompanied by a friend.

Tawana T.

Tawana, thank you so much for your kind review! I had so much fun guiding you and enjoyed your company, which I really appreciated. You offered keen and unique perspectives on the history and sites, and they made me aware of the importance of seeing things from various points of view. I hope you will take back good memories of your trip home!

$238/ per group

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