One day Door to Door tour of Kyoto from Tokyo

Highlights

Yuki K.

4.72(270) reviews
Tokyo
English
13 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

This tour is for those who want to visit Kyoto and return to Tokyo within a day. We will use the fastest bullet train "Nozomi" for our round trip between Tokyo and Kyoto station, which costs 28,740 JPY per adult (you and the guide), in addition to my guiding fee. You can choose one route from the list bellow. 1. Miyabi route (Most popular places) 2. Golden route (Most scenic places) 3. History route (Most quiet and historical places)

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

at your hotel in Tokyo

08:00

At your hotel

I will pick you up at your hotel near the reception.

09:00

9:00-11:30 From Tokyo to Kyoto station by the bullet train

We will take the bullet train from Tokyo about 9:00AM to Kyoto. I will book our train with the seats on the Mt. Fuji view side so please pay me 28,740 JPY per adult, including our return trip (you and the guide) in cash. If you want to buy our tickets at the ticket office with your credit card, we won't get good seats together as the bullet trains are busy with business trips in the morning.

11:30

11:30-17:00 In Kyoto, you can choose one of the following three routes (1. Miyabi, 2. Golden, and 3. History).

11:30

1. Miyabi: 11:30-12:30 Fushimi Shrine

The most popular place in Kyoto according to Trip Adviser. This shrine was established in 8th century by Hata family. It is good for the harvest and business. Many companies made donations and get Torii gates in return. There are more than 10,000 Torii gates now. We will visit its main shrine and walk through the 1000 red Torii Gates area. (Admission free)

13:00

1. Miyabi: 13:00-13:30 Sanjusangen-Do Temple

This temple was established in the 12th century by Kiyomori Taira under the order of Emperor Emeritus Goshirakawa to save people from suffering. There are 1001 statues of golden Buddha in the building. They are Kannon Bosatsu with 11 heads and 40 extra arms.

(Admission: 600/400/300 JPY per adult/student/child)

14:00

1. Miyabi: 14:00-15:30 Gion area

Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping and I will take you to my favorite restaurant for lunch to enjoy a typical Kyoto cuisine.

(Lunch from 3,000 JPY)

16:00

1. Miyabi: 16:00-17:00 Kinkaku-Ji Temple

The World Heritage, first built in the 14th century by Yoshimitsu Ashikaga who was the leader of the Samurai who governed Japan. It is popular for its golden house and Japanese garden. (Admission: 400/300 JPY per adult/student)

11:30

2. Golden:11:30-12:00 Arashiyam area

It is a scenic area with Katsura river and mountains. We will walk the popular traditional Togetsu-Kyo bridge to enjoy the view.

12:00

2. Golden: 12:00-13:00 Tenryu-Ji Temple

This temple is the World Heritage and has been to be the rank No. 1, Zen temple in Kyoto. It was first established in the 14th century by Takauji Ashikaga who started the Samurai period of Muromachi. We will walk through the temple including the popular Japanese garden Sogenchi. (Admission: 500/300 JPY per adult/student)

13:00

2. Golden: 13:00-14:30 Bamboo forest in Sagano (Lunch)

We will walk through the trail in the bamboo forest to enjoy its unique view. Then, I will take you to my favorite casual restaurant for lunch. (Lunch from 1,500 JPY)

15:00

2. Golden: 15:00-15:30 Ryoan-Ji Temple

This Temple is the World Heritage, which was established in the 15th century by Katsumoto Hosokawa, who was a high ranking samurai of Muromachi Shogunate. This is a Zen temple and has the most famous dry landscape garden. There are 15 stones in the garden, but you can't see them all at once. (Admission: 500/300 JPY per adult/student)

16:00

2. Golden: 16:00-17:00 Kinkaku-Ji Temple

The World Heritage, first built in the 14th century by Yoshimitsu Ashikaga who was the leader of the Samurai who governed Japan. It is popular for its golden house and Japanese garden. (Admission: 400/300 JPY per adult/student)

11:30

3. History: 11:30-12:00 Sanjusangen-Do Temple

This temple was established in the 12th century by Kiyomori Taira under the order of Emperor Emeritus Goshirakawa to save people from suffering. There are 1001 statues of golden Buddha in the building. They are Kannon Bosatsu with 11 heads and 40 extra arms.

(Admission: 600/400/300 JPY per adult/student/child)

12:30

3. History: 12:30-14:00 Gion area

Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping and I will take you to my favorite restaurant for lunch to enjoy a typical Kyoto cuisine.

(Lunch from 3,000 JPY)

14:30

3. History: 14:30-15:30 Nijo Castle

This castle is the World Heritage which consists of traditional buildings with many Japanese Paintings as well as beautiful Japanese gardens. (Admission: 1030/350 JPY per adult/student)

16:00

3. History: 16:00-17:00 To-Ji Temple

This temple is the World Heritage which was established about 1,200 years ago. This temple practices the esoteric Buddhism (Shingon sect), which was brought by monk Kukai (Kobodaishi) from China. We will see the 3 D Mandara, which shows the organization chart of Buddhism with numerous statues of Buddha. (Admission: 500/400/300 JPY per adult/junior high/elementary)

18:00

At Kyoto station

We will leave Kyoto station by the Shinkansen.

21:00

At your hotel

End of the tour

Ending Point

at your hotel in Tokyo

What to Expect

You can visit popular sites in Kyoto without staying there.

You can leave your luggage at your hotel in Tokyo and enjoy your sightseeing in Kyoto within a short stay, such as a business trip.

We will use the fastest bullet train "Nozomi" for our round trip from Tokyo and Kyoto station.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

Hotel pick-up (no charge)

What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you and guide (about 30,000 JPY per person, including that of the Shinkansen)

Lunch (from 1,500 JPY per person for you and guide)

Entrance fee of you (unit JPY, no charge for the guide)

-Kinkaku-Ji Temple: adult 400, child 300

-Sanjusangen-Do Temple: adult 600, child 400

-Tenryu-Ji Temple: adult 500, child 300

Ryoan-Ji Temple: adult 500, child 300

-Nijojo Caste: adult 1030, child 350

-To-Ji Temple: adult 500, junior high 400, elementary 300

Important Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan has been closed to foreign travelers since 2020 March. Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.

Not available on Mondays.

This tour uses public transportation and we have to depend on trains and buses in Kyoto.

This tour is for those who stay in Tokyo area.

I will book your seats of the bullet train if you agree to pay me 28,780 JPY per adult in cash at our tour.

We can't use JR pass because of the following reasons.

-We can't take Nozomi by JR Pass, which is 30 min faster than Hikari available by JR Pass.

-We need previous reservation of our seats, but I can't reserve yours if you use JR Pass.

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

How much is the transportation cost ?

About 30,000 JPY per adult including the guide and 15,000 JPY per children under 12 years old

This includes the cost of about 28,780 JPY per adult for the Shinkansen.

Can we use JR pass ?

No, you can't because of the following reasons.

You can't take Nozomi by JR Pass, which is 30 min faster than Hikari available by JR Pass.

We need previous reservation of our seats, but I can't reserve yours if you use JR Pass.

Can we stay in Kyoto ?

Yes, you can but please pay my trip back to Tokyo.

Can we have a two day tour ?

Yes, you can.

If you take two days of this tour, I will discount my lodging cost in Kyoto.

I want to take this tour during my layover at Narita Airport. Is it possible?

It takes about three hours for the return trip from Narita to Tokyo in addition to 12 hours of this tour from Tokyo to Kyoto.

That means you need at least 15 hours of waiting time of layover at Narita.

Moreover, you have to come to Tokyo as it will be too early for me to pick you up at Narita.

Reviews

Bradley K.

Jul 24, 2021

Beautiful tour of Kamakura

Thankyou for your splendid tour Yuki. It was an enjoyable expierence and you are well versed in escapism.

Yuki K.

Dear Bradley, Thank you for giving me the remark with many stars. I hope this virtual tour will help you when you come to Japan in the future. Best regards, Yuki

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Debbie L.

Feb 4, 2020

Two great days in Tokyo

We are so grateful for two amazing days in Tokyo. We saw SO MUCH that we could not have managed by ourselves especially with the complicated subways! Yuki took us to so amazing spots that we could not have known about or seen so quickly in two days.

Yuki K.

Dear Debbie, Thank you for taking my tour. I am very happy if you enjoyed it. Please give my best regards to Dave, too. Yuki

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Andrew H.

Jan 25, 2020

Kyoto be Tokyo

An awesome day in Kyoto followed by some Tokyo highlights .. Yuki was an awesome guide - very knowledgeable, knew the best restaurants, public transport system, Japanese history and culture .. we enjoyed an awesome 2 days with him :) Thanks !

Yuki K.

Dear Andrew, Thank you for taking my tours. I was very much upset when I found that we were waiting at different places. But we met just before the departure of the Shinkansen and saw Mt. Fuji from the window of the train. We delayed for the tea ceremony in Kyoto, but you made it through and arrived Kinkaku-Ji temple before the sun set. It was a memorable tour for me, too. Please give my best regards to your family. Yuki

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John S.

Jan 21, 2020

Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple

We had an excellent day with Yuki. He was very well organised and prepared a very nice full day itinerary for our family. He organised Passmo travel passes for us all and navigated us around the Tokyo metro and rail network with ease. We visited Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple. As a special treat for our girls (8 and 10 yo) he took us to a Owl cafe where we could have a hot coffee and the girls could get up close to owls, lizards, meerkats, chinchillas, hedgehogs and other animals. We also went to a Udon noodle restaurant for lunch - once again an excellent choice from Yuki. We had a great day and learned a lot at the same time as Yuki was very knowledgeable on everywhere we visited. Thank you Yuki - we really enjoyed our time with you today.

Yuki K.

Dear John, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. Everything went well and I was very happy to see you enjoy the places I took you. Please have a nice vocation in Japan. Yuki

$352/ per group

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