Kyoto Golden Route (Nijo Arashiyama Kinkakuji Fushimi Inari)

Japanese (Native), English
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan from 794 over one thousand years.

I would like to introduce you Nijo Castle, Arashiyama bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji Temple, and Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Hideo Y.
4.47 / 5
(129 reviews)

Meeting Point

at your hotel

09:20 AM

Nijo Castle

One of the most important historical events was held in this palace.

11:20 AM

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

We enjoy walking Bamboo Forest.

02:30 PM

Kinkakuji Temple

The Temple of Golden Pavilion

04:00 PM

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Ending Point

at your hotel

What to Expect

Kinkakuji Temple is more familiar to foreign tourists as "The Temple of the Golden Pavillion". It was built during the 14th century on the grounds of a mountain villa belonging to Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Golden Pavilion can be seen both in its natural form and as an upside-down image on the pond.

Nijo castle served as the residence of the Tokugawa family and their retainers when they visited Kyoto. However in 1867 Japanese historical event was held at Nijo Castle. The 15th shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu returned his power to the emperor and next year Japan officially started to become a modern state.

Fushimi Inari Shrine founded in the early 8th century is very popular shrine. On the average, as many as 2.7 million people pay their first visit to this shrine during the first three days of January every year. You can pass through Senbontorii or one thousand shrine gates.

Kiyomizu Temple literally means "Clean Water Temple." It is built over a cliff and is famous for its wide veranda and tall wooden pillars. From the veranda, there is a panoramic view of Kyoto. The Otowa waterfall is at the foot of the cliff. The water is channeled into three streams. Have you ever heard of the meaning of three streams ?

The street from Shijo Ohashi to Yasaka Shrine is lined with traditional souvenir shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Gion corner is close to this street. With luck you might see Geiko and Maiko.

Please join the golden route of Kyoto !!

Thank you.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee

Important Information

I guide you Sapporo, Furano, Otaru, Hakodate in Hokkaido / Aomori in Hokuriku / Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Kagoshima in Kyushu / Kochi, Matsuyama in Shikoku / Tottori, Shimane, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato in Japan Sea side. Please get in touch with me!!

Thank you.

If you are a good walker , you can enjoy walking Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka and Kiyomizu slopes lined with souvenir shops and restaurants ion the way to Kiyomizu Temple. Furthermore you can wear rent kimono for about 5,000 yen a day.

You can enjoy walking and shopping on Nishiki Market.

Luckily you might see Geiko and Maiko around Gion area. if you are interested in tradirional Japanese culture, you can visit Gion Corner where you enjoy traditional performances such as Geiko and Maiko Dance, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, court music, and Bunraku (Japanese puppet play) and the like for 2,800yen per person at 6pm and 7pm.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Could you tell us how much transportation fee and entrance fee are ?

We use trains, buses, and a taxi. If we start from Kyoto Station, transportation fee for trains and buses is about 1,000 yen per person.. Entrance fee is 1,700 yen per person.



Cory B.

4 / 5
Sep 1, 2023

Nice day with Hideo

Hideo was very knowledgeable, and provided us with a nice tour of Kanazawa. He was very prompt and arranged a car for us. His English was a little bit difficult to understand, but overall he was a good guide.

Hideo Y.

Thank you for joining my Kanazawa tour. I enjoyed guiding you Kanazawa tour, and we had a wonderful time in Kenrokuen Garden, Higashichaya, Oyama shrine, and Samurai house. Luckily not so hot day it was nice walking. Best wishes for continuing good health and success.


Elif C.

5 / 5
Jul 4, 2023

An amazing experience….

He guided 16 people and helped us every steps of tour. He guided very well. He made my dream came true. He is very special for my life…..

Hideo Y.

I'm very glad to have your excellent review. We visited Kumano Sanzan, one of the World Cultural Heritage sites in Japan. The main scenic spot was Nachi Waterfall with a height of 133 meters, the longest dropping waterfall in Japan. We could see the water flowing down swiftly to the basin. Furthermore we visited three main shrines such as Kumano Nachi Taisha, Kumano Hongu Taisha, and Kumano Hayatama Taisha using micro bus. I wish you and all your family good health and happiness. I hope to see you again.


Alexander R.

5 / 5
Jun 11, 2023

Excellent Koyasan day trip by Hideo.

I had an excellent Koyasan day trip with Hideo. I always had an interest in exploring Japanese Buddhism so I was happy that he was able to accommodate my request and we were able to visit their important sites there. He was very kind, knowledgable and flexible in arranging alternative transport despite the train line suspension due to the recent flooding. I will be sure to use his service again when visit Osaka and Koyasan area.

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your message. We visited Kongobuji Temple, Danjogaran, and Okunoin, We could see Mandara stereographically in Konpon Daito and a lot of popular samurai graves in the Okunoin. You are the first foreigner who have known Japanese popular samurais and history very well. I wish you all the best in the future. I look forward to seeing you again.


Rainer H.

5 / 5
May 12, 2023

Wonderful and interesting day at Matsue and Izumo

We have used in various cities worldwide private tour guides but Hideo Y. ranks definitly under the top 3! In preparation of our trip I had a few conversations with him about the schedule and he always replied swift and gave precise answers pr proposals. So before arriving in Matsue we had an itinerary which was designed to fit our time schedule (pick-up at hotel and send us to Izumo airport at the end) for approx. 8hrs. He was on time and gave us first a timetable for the day (including bus costs - very important as you need to have exact amount available when getting on a bus!), maps with our tour and further info to remember our tour! Very well prepared. During our tour he new all details of the various spots and linked information from one spot to the other, so we got a very good understanding about the local history. We only can highly recommend him for English spoken groups!

Hideo Y.

I'm very glad to receive your excellent review. I'm very honored that I'm one of the top 3 guides accrding to your judge. My dream is to guide all the prefectures. For now I guided 24 prefectures, about the half of them. In the future I would like to continue to get the local information and prepare the tour. Thank you.

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