Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

Highlights

Richard 'hawk' H.

4.90
(136) reviews
Kyoto
English (Native), Japanese
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

I pick you up @ your Hotel (or) Kyoto Station, we hit my favorite Zen Temple with an amazing history, then one of most prominent Shrines in Kyoto, then the Castle so we can see how a Shogun ran a Castle. We head to the famous Nishiki Market and I show you what are the foods you should try (with sake) and then off to eat a little Okonomiyaki and hit two Geisha (Geiko) Districts.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

Your Hotel or Kyoto Station

Nanzenji Temple (Zen)

Aqueduct & Waterfall

Heian Shrine & Garden

Nijo Castle

Nishiki Market

Okonomiyaki & Geisha (Geiko) Districts

Ending Point

I can leave you in the Gion District (where you probably want to hang out anyway)

What to Expect

You will see a quiet Zen Temple, its grounds and learn about Buddhism and its History, then a walk to a Shinto Shrine, where we talk about Shinto and its History, walk its Garden and then hit a famous Castle built by the first Tokugawa himself. Then to Nishiki Market, where we try different Kyoto food and sake and finish the day with some Okonomiyaki and hitting two Geiko Districts

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

GUIDE FEE ONLY paid through this site

What‘s not included

EST. COSTS YOU WILL INCUR DIRECTLY TO VENDORS ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR

¥2100 per person for Entrance Fees for everyone for the day (pls inc Guide)

¥1500 approx per person for Transportation Fees for everyone for the day (pls inc Guide)

¥10000 approx per person for food at Nishiki and Okonomiyaki place for the day (pls inc Guide, though GUIDE will have sake only at Nishiki)

ONCE YOU GIVE ME THE NUMBER OF PERSONS, I WILL GIVE YOU A MORE ACCURATE COST ESTIMATE

IMPORTANT NOTE: All reservations are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. I cannot guarantee or hold the day unless you secure the day accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and let's make you some awesome memories!

Tours are not covered by insurance, so please make sure you are under your own insurance.

My recommendation would be for you to purchase IC/SUICA/PASMO cards for your subway/train/bus passes. They are ¥2000 each and once purchased, you can use ¥1500 of that and refill it as you need it at any station. (¥500 is kept as a hold on the card) You can also use at most convenience stores and some vending machines. Once you are done with them, you turn them back in and get the ¥500 hold and any monies left on them minus a ¥220 processing fee per card. It is a great deal! This way you only have to pay the Guides transportation.

Tours are no more than 8 hours. Over 8 hours will be charged at ¥4500 per hour unless due to circumstances beyond our control or unless agreed upon in writing in advance.

NOTE: WE CAN RESERVE A PRIVATE CAR FOR YOU AT ¥55000 PER DAY

Important Information

If you do not see the tour you are looking for or want to add or subtract something, let me know what you want to do and where you want to go and I will ensure I put together an itinerary that fits your needs and blows your mind. Welcome!!!

Not available on Tuesdays

Be ready with comfortable walking shoes.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Melissa C.

Sep 25, 2020

Awesome virtual experience

For our recent corporate team activity we did Richards virtual traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience. Our team is split across Australia, Japan and Singapore.. Richard did a phenomenal job of making our virtual experience unique that for the 1 hour we were with him it felt like we were all together in the heart of Osaka in this beautiful tea shop! Richard went the extra mile and had all the tea ceremony items shipped to us in advance and we were able to learn how to pour our own tea the traditional Japanese way and all from the comfort of our homes. 100% would recommend, Richard is a great communicator and a pleasure to work with.

Richard 'hawk' H.

Melissa, I cannot express how happy that makes me feel. In the times that we are in right now, to be able to take any aspect of Japanese culture and be able to communicate it and share it like we did, and make it not only enjoyable, but memorable, it's something that I strive for. Thank you for all of your questions and interests in Japanese culture and if there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to put me to the test. Kind regards, Richard

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Ambika G.

May 30, 2020

Great virtual trip to Kyoto

Richard took us on a 3 hour virtual tour as we “walked with him” through places or worship, spiritual sites, the historical district and more. He was engaging, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and fun. His ability to enable us to experience Kyoto like we were there was wonderful. The cultural insights fabulous. He surpassed our expectations of a virtual tour by a huge margin.

Richard 'hawk' H.

Ambika You're very kind and it was enjoyable for me too, to be able to show you parts of the beautiful city of Kyoto. It was kind of weird for me because usually the places that we went are packed with visitors. It was very nice to see open streets but not to see the closed businesses. Please shoot me any questions you may have and if there's ever anything else I can do for you, please let me know. Kind regards Richard

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Catarina A.

Apr 8, 2020

A trully unique view of Japan

Our day with Richard was so outstanding that we are already planning a return trip to Japan, but only if he tags along for the whole trip. His knowledge of history is very impressive, his musings about Budhism are enlightening and his easy conversation with the locals makes anyone feel welcome in the hidden spots that no ordinary tourist would be able to reach; his disposition for a full day of local cuisine and sakê makes your time with him worth every minute. We cannot emphasize how fun and friendly he is, and hope everyone has as good a time with his as we did. Thank you Richard, we hope to see you again soon!

Richard 'hawk' H.

Catarina Thank you very much for your kind words. As I have not had a tour in weeks it is nice to remember that I actually do a good job when I am out there. I hope you guys are safe in this time of craziness and I really hope that you guys get the chance to come back to Japan and allow me to take you deeper into the local realm!! LOL Kind regards Richard

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Richard M.

Mar 8, 2020

A fun night touring Osaka

We had a very fun experience touring around Osaka with Richard. It was really cool to go and see where the locals eat and drink. Richard was every knowledge about food, culture and history of the area. Before you know it your knee deep in the local vibe. We took our kids and Richard was very fun and engaging with our boys. Before the night was over we were all laughing with the locals about our boys light colored hair and Richard’s astonishment at my 10 pounds of lose change in yen I was carrying around in a bag. Very fun and would recommend if your in Osaka or Kyoto to book Richard.

Richard 'hawk' H.

Thanks guys! I am so happy you had a good time. I hope the boys were full and to too traumatized by the crazy locals! Hope you have a safe trip home. Make sure you bring a bigger money bag for those coins next time. If you have time to write on TripAdvisor also and let folks know you found me on TripleLights I would sure appreciate it also! Take care and tell Jackson and Max I said hello! Kind regards, Richard

$347/ per group

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