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Premium tour of Kyoto (1) : Arashiyama, Nijo-jo Castle & Kinkakuji temple

Tatsuhiro N.

4.09(22) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 15 people

Why not enjoy your holidays in Kyoto? You can certainly get in touch with many things Japanese that we are proud of. They are old temples and shrines...

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel

(1) Togetsukyo bridge (2) Nijo-jo Castle Karamon gate (3) Kinkakuji golden pavilion

Natural surroundings and powerful structures

Ending Point

At your hotel

What to Expect

Why not enjoy your holidays in Kyoto? You can certainly get in touch with many things Japanese that we are proud of. They are old temples and shrines, cultural assets and the beautiful natural surroundings. You can also enjoy dropping in at souvenir stores and buy exquisitely made products, such as folding fans, porcelain and traditional Japanese cakes. I would like to take you to the following places, which are the three representative tourist destinations in this city:

(1) Arashiyama

It is the place where all the traditional natural beauties of Japan are combined together. They are Togetsukyo bridge, bamboo grove and the old temples. If you go up to the observation spot, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the gorge below. You can also see rickshaws of the olden times drawn by young people with smiling passengers on board. There are souvenir shops selling variety of goods and products.

(2) Nijo-jo Castle (World Cultural Heritage Site)

This castle was built in the early 17th century by the Tokugawa Shogunate government for the purpose of protecting the Kyoto Imperial Palace and as the accommodations when Tokugawa Shogun was in Kyoto. It was subsequently enlarged by successive Shogun. It is the castle as well as the palace, where you can see the powerful structures and beautiful gardens. You can learn, in addition, how great the power of Tokugawa Shogun was.

(3) Kinkakuji temple (the Golden Pavilion) (World Cultural Heritage Site)

The history of this temple began when the third Shogun of the Muromachi period acquired a tract of land in this area from a powerful statesman in 1397 and built a villa of his own to entertain the Emperor and members of the nobility. The upper two levels of the temple are covered with pieces of gold foil and are shining brilliantly against the background of the rich greenery. The pond in the foreground reflects the golden structure. It looks like the materialization of Pure Land of Buddha in this world. In addition, on the top of the golden structure is the shining phoenix.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee, hotel pick-up in areas outside Kyoto region

Important Information

This place is hugely crowded at any time of a year. Please be careful so that you will not be separated from your group or get lost.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you(guide) wait if we (customers) are late for the appointment?

I can wait for you for up to 30 minutes for free, but if you are late any further, I will charge you 1,000 yen per 30 minutes.

How much is the transportation fee?

(1) Arashiyama: One-way JR fare is 240 yen from Kyoto station.

(2) Nijo-jo castle: One-way bus fare is 230 yen from Kyoto bus terminal.

(3) Kinkakuji temple: One-way bus fare is 230 yen from Kyoto bus terminal.

How much are the entrance fees?

(1) Arashiyama: 500 yen for the entry to Tenryuji temple.

(2) Nijo-jo Castle: 600 yen.

(3) Kinkakuji temple: 400 yen

What are the closing hours?

(1) Arashiyama: 5 p.m. for Tenryuji temple.

(2) Nijo-jo Castle: 4 p.m.

(3) kinkakuji temple: 5 P.m.

Reviews

Shannon W.

Jan 10, 2020

A wonderful day with a kind man!

I had a wonderful day with Tatsuhiro-san and so did my two friends! I would highly recommend Tatsuhiro-san for his interesting stories, kind nature and local insight. He organised a full day for us in Shiga prefecture, to see a local temple, the Hikone castle, lunch, and to see Lake Biwa. He was very flexible with our interests and needs throughout the day, and was great fun to talk to. On the rare occasion that we couldn't understand each other, we simply wrote it down and quickly worked it out. I enjoyed spending time with him and his tour was very informative and well tailored to our interests. He is the perfect thoughtful host!

Tatsuhiro N.

Hi Shannon-san, Michael-san & Cameron-san, Thank you so much for your favorable comment on my work. I am really encouraged. I was happy to see your smiling faces at the end of day which was the greatest reward to me. I still regret, however, that I was unable to understand your remarks on a number of occasions on our tour. I will try even harder to improve my listening abilities. I wish you all a good luck and a fruitful new year. And many thanks for your souvenir. I find it very delicious. See you again. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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Ligia J.

Apr 27, 2019

We loved Kyoto!

He is the nicest person! We enjoyed him very much as someone who was able to navigate our total lack of Japanese.

Tatsuhiro N.

Hi Ligia-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment. I enjoyed your company and I am glad you have come to know some of the most popular sights in Kyoto. I hope you will enjoy your golden years more and more in greater health. Good luck. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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Sean P.

Apr 20, 2019

Kyoto tour

A very friendly guide. He helped navigate us through Kyoto. Other people commented on his English, I think it was ok. No better than one could expect from a native citizen and local. I’d prefer this kind of person anyways since they know the “tricks”. He was kind to ensure he understood and verified your question’s answer.

Tatsuhiro N.

Hi Sean-san & Kim-san, I am encouraged to have received a favorable comment like this. In fact, I felt sorry for asking you to repeat your questions on many occasions, but now I realize that`s the way you native speakers of English speak the language. Anyway, I am glad you completed the tour and saw for yourself some of the traditional beauties and cultures of our country. I hope to see you again. My love to all the people in the state of Connecticut. Regards, Tatushiro

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Peter W.

Apr 17, 2019

Great tour

We had a good time and a great tour with dear Tatsuhiro, he is a very good guide and we really enjoyed all the sights, thank your very much again Tatsuhiro

Tatsuhiro N.

Hi Peter-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment. I am really encouraged. I am glad that we completed the tour safely and that you kept smiling all the way. Also, it is a great relief for me that your were well in time for the ship`s departure. I wish you all a greater health. Many thanks. Regards, Tatsuhiro

$224/ per group