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Very Special 1day Kyoto Tour just for You

Highlights

Tomoe S.

4.91(47) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for 1000 years and has many wonderful places to visit. Please choose a few places among the following sightseeing spots, as you like. If you have any other preferable spots, please let me know. I'll guide you as many places as possible. Please note that some places are located in a little far away from the center of the city and it may need some time to go and come back.

If you want, you can try kimono experience, tea ceremony experience, and so on, too.

Meeting Point

At your hotel (lobby) (in Kyoto)

Nijyojyo Castle

The Ninomaru Palace in this castle has 33 rooms and 800 tatami mats. You can also see wonderful wall paintings, and its garden.

In spring, you can enjoy walking around in the garden with stunning cherry blossoms.

Kinkakuji Temple: famous as 'Golden Pavilion'

You may have seen the picture of this pavilion in the book about Japan or Kyoto before. The real gold leaves are used for this pavilion.

Ryoanji Temple

This temple is so popular for its rock garden. There are 15 rocks in the garden, however, the last 15th rock is said to be seen only when you attain spiritual enlightenment.

Kiyomizudera Temple

This temple is famous for its large veranda built on 13 meter cliff without any nails. You can also enjoy shopping and eating on its approach way. In the precinct, there is Jisyujinjya Shrine which is famous as the love shrine. Also, you can visit waterfall which is famous because the water gives you, 'longevity, love, or study (wisdom)'

Yasaka Koshindo

You will find many colorful hanging monkey effigies. You can write your wish and donate. Many young women and girls like to take pictures in kimono here.

Yasui Konpiragu Shrine

Many people come here to wish for cutting bad relationship and making good one.

However, please be noted that couples are said to be NG to come here.

Sanjyusangendo

In this temple, you can see 1001 statues of Buddha in a hall. It's a 'forest of Buddha'. You will be amazed at the scenery.

Please be noted that you cannot take any pictures in this hall.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

This place is the No. 1 popular place for the visitors from abroad. Please enjoy walking under the vermillion torii gates tunnel.

It's difficult to take good pictures because there are always so many people visiting here, however, I can take good pictures of you here! Leave it to me!

Tofukuji Temple

This temple is famous for its colored maple leaves in autumn, however, it has some beautiful zen gardens. It may be interesting for you to see the toilet of long time ago.

Arashiyama (Monkey Park, Bamboo Forest, Tenryuji temple, Nonomiya Jinjya Shrine, Kimono Forest, Okochi Sanso, Tegetsukyo Bridge, and so on)

In Arashiyama, there are many places to visit. You can spend a full day only in Arashiyama area, too. You can enjoy shopping and eating in this area.

In autumn, Jyojyakkoji Temple and Nisoninn are so beautiful with their colored maple leaves.

Ginkakuji Temple and Path of Philosophy

Ginkakuji Temple is famous as 'Silver Pavilion' even though no silver is used for this temple. You can enjoy its Zen rock garden.

Path of Philosophy is so popular during the season of cherry blossoms. So many cherry blossom trees are lined along a small river and you can enjoy walking.

Nishiki Market

This market has been the 'kitchen' for the local people, however, now, it's so popular among people from abroad. You can enjoy walking and eating local food.

Gion District

If you walk around in this area in the evening, and you are lucky, you can encounter 'Maiko or Geiko' who go to work.

Kenninji temple

This temple is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto and has the famous painting and beautiful garden.

Byodo-in

You can see this temple on our 10-yen coin. You can also find many shops where you can buy good quality of green tea or maccha around this temple because this area produce green tea. How about trying ice cream of maccha?

Kodaiji Temple and Entokuin

Kodaiji Temple was built about 400 years ago. A famous woman, Nene (wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi) lived here to mourn Hideyoshi's soul. Entokuin is a tacchu, sub temple of Kodaiji Temple. In these temples, you can see beautiful gardens. Kodaiji Temple is especially famous for its big cherry blossom tree in spring and colored maple leaves in autumn.

Ending Point

neat the station of the last destination (I will tell you how to go back to your hotel)

What to Expect

If you want, you can try

Kimono experience(2500~5000 Japanese yen/person depends on kimono you rent)

Tea ceremony experience(about 2000~3000 Japanese yen/person)

visiting Japanese sake breweris in Fushimi District (you can visit a museum and try some Japanese sake)

If you want to have a time with Maiko (make green tea, talk with her, take pictures with her and so on, for an hour), you may be able to join the activity held with Maiko. (activity fee is about 4000 Japanese yen/person)

I will make a one day plan including this activity.

If you are the group of more than 5 people and want to join this activity, please ask me. If your group has less than 5 people and want to join the activity, I will ask and they will tell other available days when the activity will be held. I hope that you can join the day.

Please note that

I'm sorry that I can't promise you that I will be able to get reservation for you all the time because whether the activity will be held or not, depends on the schedule of Maiko.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto

What‘s not included

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

If you want to try cost for tea ceremony, and kimono rental fee

Important Information

If you book me early, I can exchange mails with you many times to know what you want to do in details, collect information and prepare a lot for your plan. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything in advance.

I can guide you in the morning almost every day.(from 8:30 or 9:00 AM till 13:00 or 13:30PM)

This year, in case of the full day tour, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, are available.




As for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I will manage to have the tour if you book me earlier.

Please note that Kyoto is crowded with people all the time, and maybe a few places are available to visit in 8 hours.

We will use public transportation.

You will need at least half an hour or an hour to see around one place, and it takes half an hour or an hour to move from one place to other places, so please choose, at most, five places. Depends on places, you need to walk a lot from the nearest bus stop or the station.

This tour is available only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this year.

As for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, please send me a mail and ask.

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

Reviews

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Frances C.

Nov 17, 2022

Fun and Fantastic Guide

Tomoe was genuine and honest. When I did the booking for the Marvelous Autumn World tour for November 11, she told me that November 11 would be a bit early to see the fall foliage in full display and would monitor the progress. Prior to the tour, she was also very kind to answer multiple questions I had for Kyoto including how to get to various tourist spots in Kyoto. On the day of the tour, she took time to make adjustment with our interest in mind. We ended up visiting a site which had autumn foliage progressed and two other sightseeing spots that we had not visited yet. She is warm and treated us like her friends. She even surprised us with a limited edition of Pocky as November 11 was Pocky Day in Japan! She also explained to us the Japanese language with respect to Japanese names of people and places. When it was lunch time, she was quick and flexible to phone a reasonably-priced lunch spot as the area was full of expensive vegetarian restaurants. She spoke fluent English that was easy to understand. We will definitely recommend her to everyone!

Tomoe S.

Dear Frances, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review! You are so nice family and I enjoyed the day with you in Kyoto! I'm glad that you enjoyed the autumn foliage in Kyoto, such as at Kiyomizudera Temple, Tenjyuan, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Please say 'hi' to all of your family. I hope that you will come back to Kyoto again. Thank you very much for booking me. TOMOE

J

Janet F.

Nov 16, 2022

The Best Tour Guide Ever

We've had many a tour guide in our travels but I must say Tomoe was the best we've ever had. She handled our 3 generation family of 12 (ages 5 to 74) with ease. She is a remarkable woman, kind, thoughtful and very punctual. Before arriving in Japan, I corresponded with her at length and she answered every question I had promptly and made many suggestions. When we met at Nara Station, she remembered all our names and gave everyone a gift! She took pictures for us and led us all around Nara Park and Todaiji. She took us to Mizuya Chaya (a very quaint and picturesque restaurant) for lunch with deer all around. What an unforgettable day it was! We did another tour with her in Kyoto. She arrived very early to our hotel and we did a tour to Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine. She arranged taxis for all 12 of us which was a feat in itself. She knows Nara and Kyoto (and I'm sure Osaka) like the back of her hand. We had train reservations from Kyoto back to Kansai Airport but no seat assignments. She swiftly guided me to the JR Ticket Office through the maze of Kyoto Station and hoards of people and helped us get our seats! I was so thankful. You will truly be in good hands with Tomoe! When we said goodbye, it felt like saying goodbye to a friend. I recommend her highly. You will not regret it! Janet Feyerisen

Tomoe S.

Dear Janet, Thank you sooo!! much for such a warmhearted review!!! Thanks to you, I was able to spend super! wonderful! great! 2 days in Nara and Kyoto. I like all of your family and have missed all of you... Please come to Kyoto (and Nara) again. Janet, you are a great tour leader! Thank you for finding me and sending me a mail of inquiry. Thank you for giving me the precious meeting with my best friend! TOMOE

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Julie D.

Oct 21, 2022

Amazing Nara and Kyoto with Tomoe-san

My family and I had a wonderful time with Tomoe-san during our Nara and Kyoto tour. We were awed by the beautiful Nara park and Fushimi Inari Shrine and amazed by the majestic architectural masterpieces and teachings (preserved until now), reminiscent of the greatness of the Japanese empire. Tomoe-san was a superb guide, teaching and explaining the history, culture, and religious beliefs behind those structures and practices, and sharing interesting facts and anecdotes which made the tour interesting and full of learning. She was very patient, thoughtful and generous and is very good in her craft. She planned and organized the tour very well- the schedule, the places, the lunch, the transportation. She anticipates what her guests need and prepares for them. She also has good communication skills in English. I recommend Tomoe-san if you have a tour in Nara-Kyoto area!

Tomoe S.

Dear Julie and my favorite family, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review so soon! What a great day spending time with you in Nara and Kyoto! You are so sweet and all of your family are so nice. Thanks to you, I felt as if I were a member of your family (even though my given name doesn't start with 'J'). This is some of the best things that can happen to a guide. I do hope that you will make wonderful memories in Japan and will come back to Nara and Kyoto again to spend more time. Thank you very much again for giving me such a nice meeting. I miss all of your family, Julie, Judy, Jane and Julian. TOMOE

Alba A.

Sep 28, 2022

Don't Miss Out

Tomoe was absolutely AMAZING! She has great communication and provided above and beyond service. She would message me to keep me informed on weather and things to look out for. During our time she was flexible and a true expert in the Kyoto area. She even brought us Japanese snacks! She has such depth of knowledge and passion for her work. Don't miss out and book her! THANK YOU TOMOE for an unforgettable experience in Kyoto & Osaka!

Tomoe S.

Dear Alba, Thank you sooo much for such a warmhearted review! You're the first guest for me after 2 and a half years' blank due to COVID-19. Even since you booked me, 'Japanese regulations for travelers from abroad' has been changed and we have exchanged so many mails before meeting (about 60 mails!). You are such an attractive person and that's why I was able to spend unforgettable time with you. Thank you so much for choosing me as your guide in Kyoto and Osaka, and letting me share the precious time with you. You are AMAZING! I miss you all, Alba, Eddie, Daniel, Jane, Karina and Jody. Please come to Kyoto again! TOMOE

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