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One day Door to Door tour of Kyoto from Tokyo

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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 about 30,000 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)

Tokyo Tour Guide - Yuki K.
Yuki K.
4.77 / 5
(347 reviews)
08:00 AM

Meeting Point

at your hotel in Tokyo

- I will meet you near the reception. I will show your name on my iPad.

08:00 AM

At your hotel

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

09:00 AM

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 about 30,000 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. Moreover, I can get the tickets for the green seats (1st class) with 20-25% discount for you if you book me more than three days in advance.

11:30 AM

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

1. Miyabi:This route covers my favorite places and shopping area, but a lot of walking.

I modified the Miyabi route in Nov. 2022 to include newly renovated Kiyomizu-Dera Temple.

2. Golden: The most popular route of mine covering No.1 stops in Kyoto. Suitable to those who come to Japan for the first time.

3. History: This route is suitable to those who are interested in Japanese history. They are not so popular abroad so not so busy and relatively quiet.

11:30 AM

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

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)

12:30 PM

1. Miyabi: 12:30-13:00 Lunch

Lunch: We will have a quick lunch near Fushimi Shrine. Inari Sushi is the speciality of the area which is a piece of vinegared rice wrapped with a fried tofu cooked with sweet soy but they have simple Japanese food such as noodles, as well.

01:30 PM

1. Miyabi: 13:30-14:00 Sanjusangen-Do Temple

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. Note: Taking photos are not permitted in the worship hall.

(Admission: 600 JPY per adult)

02:30 PM

1. Miyabi: 14:30-15:30 Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple; This temple was the oldest temple in Kyoto established in 778 and was very influential during the Heian period.

Current building was constructed in 1633 during the Edo period. It is famous for its large balcony to overview Kyoto city. The renovation of the balcony was completed in 2020.

(Admission: 400 JPY per adult)

03:30 PM

1. Miyabi: 15:30-16:30 Nostalgic Kyoto walking

Nostalgic Kyoto walking: We will walk down the nostalgic streets of Kyoto from Kiyomizu-dera Temple to Gion via Yasaka Pagoda. There are many souvenir shops and traditional houses along the streets.

04:30 PM

1. Miyabi: 16:30-17:00 Gion area

Gion area; Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping. There are many Miko houses in this area but it will be difficult to see them. Note: Taking photos are not permitted in the area but I can take you the other area where you can photo.

11:30 AM

2. Golden: 11:30-12:30 Fushimi Shrine

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 the 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)

01:30 PM

2. Golden: 13:30-14:30 Lunch

Lunch: We will have a Japanese lunch with Kyoto cuisines.

02:30 PM

2. Golden:14:30-14:45 Arashiyam area

Arashiyama area; It is a scenic area with the Katsura River and Arashiyama mountains. We will walk the popular traditional Togetsukyo bridge to enjoy the view.

02:50 PM

2. Golden: 14:45-15:00 Tenryu-ji Temple

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 pond. (Admission: 500 JPY per adult)

03:00 PM

2. Golden: 15:00-15:30 Bamboo forest in Sagano

Bamboo forest in Sagano; We will walk through the trail in the bamboo forest to enjoy its unique view.

03:30 PM

2. Golden 15:30-16:00 Taxi

Taxi: We will have a taxi for 30 min. to move to Kinkaku-ji Temple to save time. The fare will be about 3,000 JPY per a taxi.

04:00 PM

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

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 three story pagoda and Japanese garden with a mirror pond. We will visit the Temple in late afternoon when it looks the most beautiful with a reflection of the golden pagoda on the pond by a lowering sun. (Admission: 400 JPY per adult)

11:30 AM

3. History: Taxi to Sanjysangen-do Temple

We will take a taxi to save time. It will cost about 1,000JPY

12:00 PM

3. History: 12:00-12:30 Sanjusangen-do Temple

Sanjusangen-do Temple; This temple was established in the 12th century by Kiyomori Taira under the order of Emperor Emeritus Go-shirakawa 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. Note: Taking photos are not permitted in the worship hall.

(Admission: 600 JPY per adult)

01:00 PM

3. History: 13:00-14:00 Lunch

Lunch: We will have lunch at my favorite restaurant in the gourmet area of Kyoto called Ponto-Cho,

02:30 PM

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

Nijo Castle; This castle is the World Heritage which consists of traditional buildings with many Japanese paintings as well as beautiful Japanese gardens.This castle was built in early Edo period as the residence of Shogun in Kyoto. It was renovated to invite the Emperor in 1626 and famous for the announcement of termination of the Tokugawa shogunate at the end of Edo period. (Admission: 1300 JPY per adult)

03:30 PM

3. History: Taxi to To-ji Temple

We will take a taxi to save time.

It will cost about 2500 JPY.

04:00 PM

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

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 3D Mandara, which is the organization chart of Buddhism with numerous statues of Buddha. (Admission: 500/400/300 JPY per adult)

06:00 PM

At Kyoto station

We will leave Kyoto station by the Shinkansen.

09:00 PM

At your hotel

End of the tour

Ending Point

at your hotel in Tokyo

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

Guide fee

Hotel pick-up (no charge)

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What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you and the 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 500, junior high 300, elementary 300, child free

-Sanjusangen-do Temple: adult 600, high 400, junior high & elementary 300, child free

-Kiyomizu-dera Temple: adult 400, junior high 200, elementary 200, child free

-Tenryu-Ji Temple: adult 500, junior high 300, elementary 300, child free

-Nijojo Caste: adult 1300, junior high 400, elementary 300, child free

-To-Ji Temple: adult 800, junior high 500, elementary 500, child 500

Tour Important Information

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 about 30,000 JPY per adult for you and the guide in cash at our tour.

We might have to use a taxi to same time.

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.

Not available on Mondays.

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Anthony B.

5 / 5
Apr 13, 2024

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Great English

Yuki was very punctual very informative and did a great job finding what we wanted His English was excellent. We enjoyed our time with him Would recommend

Anthony B.

Dear Anthony, I appreciate your review within the tour day. Tsukiji is getting more and more crowded with foreign tourists for Japanese foods. I took you places without long line for Japanese beef and ramen. You missed my favorite sushi place but next time maybe. Thank you for taking my tour. Yuki

Great experience seeing highlights of Kyoto

Yuki was a knowledgeable guide and very personable. He customized our tour to hit the major highlights of Kyoto at an efficient pace that allowed us to learn about the sites and cover as much as possible. I would highly recommend this day trip from Tokyo to Kyoto with Yuki.

Michael A.

Dear Michael, Thank you for your review just after our tour. It was a long day but everything went well with your help. Thank you for taking my tour. Please give my best regards to your mother. Yuki

Wonderful day

A peaceful experience with Yuki . We took our time in visiting unique world heritage cities . To see where modern Japan transformed itself in 1867at Nino-Jo castle to end its 200 years of isolation from the rest of the world

Robert E.

Thank you for writing your review during our return trip from Kyoto Thank you very much for taking my tour Yuki

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