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MUST-SEE spots of Kyoto-- Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama, Ryoanji Temple (Cherry Blossom Viewing !!)

Yuriko Y.

4.14(7) reviews
Kyoto
English
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

These are the places to go in Kyoto. This golden route will offer you an once in-a-lifetime experience, from gorgeous Golden Pavilion,

breathtaking nature, a dynamic Japanese garden and a mysterious rock garden.

The must-see view is waiting for you. And please enjoy a ride in a streetcar and local street food.

Finally, I gladly accept one person.

Itinerary

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

At convenient place for you

Kinkakuji Temple ( Golden Pavilion, spectacular Japanese garden )

Arashiyama ( bamboo forest , Tenryuji Temple, Togetsu-Kyo bridge etc... )

Ryoanji Temple ( mysterious rock garden with 15 placed stones. )

Ending Point

At convenience places for you

What to Expect

First, We will go to Kinkakuji Temple by both subway and city bus. Then, We will go to Ryoanji Temple and Arashiyama by the nostalgic

streetcar called Ran-den.

1. Kinkakuji Temple

It is covered with real gold leaf. Kinkakuji Temple was originally built in 14th century as a

mountainside cottage for the famous shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitu.

You will be impressed with the dazzling light of Kinkaku and the view from atop Sekkatei.

Sekkatei is a tea room which was built to host visits by Emperor.

And the magnificent garden is a must-see. As you walk through the promenade-style garden,

you can enjoy the views of the pavilion and Kyoko Pond, or mirror lake pond , from different angles.

2.Arashiyama

This is the place where you can enjoy both spectacular nature and World Heritage Temple .

We will stroll in bamboo forest ( A magnificent road lined with green bamboo ) , which is one of the

mostpopular landscapes in Kyoto. Please enjoy the beautiful sounds of 5-10m tall bamboo trees

when the wind blows.

Togetsu-Kyo bridge is the 155m bridge which strides over the Katsuragawa River.

And we will also visit the Tenryuji Temple which has a dynamic garden.

The dragonis said to be the guardian beast of Buddhism, and there are many of them in Tenryuji Temple.

Arashiyama is very famous for beautiful cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.

3. Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple is well-known for its rock garden which is a traditional dry landscape garden with 15 placed stones set in white sand.

This is a Zen garden. What you find in this garden is open to your imagination.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee ( you and your guide )

What‘s not included

transportation fee ( you and your guide )

subway--¥260 city bus--¥220 Ran-Den ( street car )--¥210

entrance fees are as follows:

Kinkakuji Temple--¥400 Tenryuji Temple--¥600 Ryoanji Temple--¥500

Japanese lunch-- about¥1000

Important Information

Buses conveniently stop right at tourist sites, but during the peak seasons , they get very crowded. So I suggest we use the subway or take a taxi. That will take us to our destinations more smoothly.

1. Rickshaw is available (¥3000~¥4000) --- optional

Would you like a ride in a rickshaw ? It will let you enjoy Arashiyama from a different view.

2. This tour can be flexible. I am willing to change our itinerary.

For example, you would like to visit Iwatayama Monkey Park...... (¥550 for aduit, ¥250 for children )

At Iwatayama Monkey Park, you will have a exhilarating experience with wild monkeys.

We have to go up the mountain for about 15~ 20 min. to get to the top .

There, you can buy treats for monkeys and feed them yourself.

But I suggest that you omit one place from the itinerary If you wish to go to the Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Because the monkeys seem to return to the mountain early these days.....

Sometimes you have no chance to see monkeys after 16pm. So we should visit in early time.

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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Nurul lidya Z.

Dec 27, 2019

Night in Gion

Yuriko was a very nice and knowledgeable guide. She explained the history of geishas in Gion very well. My mother and I enjoyed our one hour with her.

Yuriko Y.

Dear NuruI Thank you very much for your review. I was so happy to have an opportunity to introduce history of maiko and geisha to both of you. Many thanks for having me as your guide. I hope to see you and your Mom again. Best regards Yuriko

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Lisa H.

Nov 22, 2019

Arashiyama day trip

I had a wonderful day with Yuriko-san touring Arashiyama. We enjoyed a beautiful boat ride, delicious lunch and exciting rickshaw ride. Thank you so much for a wonderful time!

Yuriko Y.

Dear Lisa-san I can't thank you enough for your prompt and kind review. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Arashiyama day trip. I also had a lot of fun sharing a wonderful time with you ! Many thanks for having me as your guide. The time I spent with you will be in my heart forever. Please take good care of yourself and I truely hope to see you again. Best regards Yuriko

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Susan M.

Apr 25, 2019

A great walk through Southern Higashiyama in Kyoto

Highly recommend hiring Yuriko as a private tour guide! Working within a time constraint and unsure of how best to manage our expectations (with so little time and so much to see), Yuriko patiently helped us plan a perfect 1/2 day tour prior to our arrival. We were able to see the sights most important to us and move at our own pace. Yuriko used her teaching skills to fill in the blanks, keep us on track, show us some areas of interest away from the crowds and ultimately get us to our final destination on time! It was a wonderful, enlightening day full of memories we will forever cherish! Thanks again Yuriko!

Yuriko Y.

Dear Susan Thank you very much for your kind review ! It was a great honor to show you around beautiful Kyoto. I was impressed with the fact that you had a deep interest and respect for Japanese culture. We had such a wonderful time walking down stone-paved streets and talking about so many topics !! Thanks again for choosing me as your guide. That was a memorable 1/2 day I would never forget. Many thanks Yuriko

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Matthew L.

Apr 8, 2019

Interesting Day

Had an interesting day at Arayashima Bamboo Forest / Kiyomizu Dera Temple and Gion District

Yuriko Y.

Dear Matthew It was an honor to spend a wonderful time with you and your wife. Thank you very much and I really appreciate it. I hope you will come back to Kyoto. Sincerely Yuriko

$135/ per person

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