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Two days Door to Door tour of Kyoto & Nara from Tokyo

Day Trip

Yuki K.

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

This tour is for those who want to visit Kyoto and Nara, by staring at your hotel in Tokyo and returning there.

The guiding cost doesn't include the following costs: Transportation 33,000, Admission 4,000, Hotel 10,000, Meal 5,000 JPY per person. (See what's not included).

You can choose your favorite routes in Kyoto and Nara from the followings.

Three routes in Kyoto; {1A. Miyabi/ 1B. Golden/ 1C. History}

Two routes in Nara; {2A. Highlight/ 2B. Heritage}

Itinerary

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

Meeting Point

at your hotel in Tokyo

<1st Day>

07:30

At your hotel

I will pick you up at your hotel near the reception. We will use the bullet train from Tokyo about 8:30AM to Kyoto which costs 28,740 JPY per adult (you and the guide) in addition to the guiding fee.

08:30

8:30-11:00 From Tokyo to Kyoto station by the bullet train

We will take the bullet train from Tokyo about 8:30AM 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

At your hotel in Kyoto

You will drop off your luggage at your hotel. I will book our hotel near Kyoto station. (about 10,000 JPY per person for you and the guide)

11:30

11:00 - 16:30 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: 14:00-14:30 Lunch

I will take you to my favorite restaurant for Obanzai; a casual home made lunch menu.

(from 1,000 JPY)

15:30

1. Miyabi: 15:30-16:30 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

1B. Golden: 1st day 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

1B. Golden: 1st day 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

1B. Golden: 1st day 13:00-13:30 Bamboo forest in Sagano

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

13:30

1B. Golden: 1st day 13:30-14:00 Lunch

I will take you to my favorite casual restaurant for lunch. (from 1,500 JPY)

14:30

1B. Golden: 1st day 14:30-15:00 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)

15:30

1B. Golden: 1st day 15:30-16:30 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

1C. History: 1st day 11:30-12:30 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)

13:00

1C. History: 1st day 13:00-13:30 Lunch

We will have a casual lunch at Kyoto station. (from 1,500 JPY per person)

14:00

1C. History: 1st day 14:00-15:00 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)

15:30

1C. History: 1st day 15:30-16:30 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)

17:00

17:00-20:00 Gion (Shopping, Entertainment, and Dinner)

Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping. If you want, I will take you to the show of Japanese traditional performing art, including Maiko dance. (about 3,000 JPY per person, the show will not be available on Monday through Thursday in winter) Then,I will take you the popular gourmet street Ponto-Cho to enjoy Kyoto dinner. ( from 3,000 JPY per person)

20:30

At your hotel in Kyoto

I will take you to your hotel in Kyoto.

<2nd Day>

08:30

At your hotel in Kyoto

I will pick you up at your hotel in Kyoto.

09:00

Transportation from Kyoto to Nara

9:00 - 10:30 We will use the express train from Kyoto at 9:00AM to Kintetsu Nara station.

10:30

10:30-18:00 Please choose one route for the 2nd Day from {2A. Highlight/ 2B. Heritage}

10:30

2A. Highlight: 2nd day 10:30-11:00 Nara Park

Deer are protected in Nara as they carried the divine of this area from Kashima; eastern Japan. So many deer welcome you for food. (Admission free, Deer food 200 JPY)

11:00

2A. Highlight: 2nd day 11:00-11:30 Nara Todai-Ji Temple

Todai-Ji temple was first built in 752 as the main temple of Buddhism in Japan. The Great Buddha is Rushana which is 15 m tall with about 500 tons of bronze. (Admission 600/300 JPY per adult/under 12)

12:00

2A. Highlight: 2nd day 12:00-13:00 Nara National Museum

Nara museum was opened in 1895. There are more than 1,000 statues of Buddha. Educational and must see those who are interested in the statues of Buddha. (Admission: 520/260 JPY per adult/student)

13:00

2A. Highlight: 2nd day 13:00-14:00 Lunch

I will take you to my favorite restaurant of Japanese lunch. (from 1,000 JPY)

14:00

2A. Highlight: 2nd day 14:00-15:00 Nara Kofuku-Ji Temple

Kofuku-Ji temple was first established in 710 as the main temple of the Fujiwara family who controlled the Emperors during Heian period. It has a great collection of old statues of Buddha and warriors. (Admission: 1,400/1,000/450 JPY per adult/under 18/12)

10:30

2B. Heritage: 2nd day 10:30-11:00 Nara Park

Deer are protected in Nara as they carried the divine of this area from Kashima; eastern Japan. So many deer welcome you for food. (Admission free, Deer food 200 JPY)

11:00

2B. Heritage: 2nd day 11:00-11:30 Nara Todai-Ji Temple

Todai-Ji temple was first built in 752 as the main temple of Buddhism in Japan. The Great Buddha is Rushana which is 15 m tall with about 500 tons of bronze. (Admission 600/300 JPY per adult/under 12)

12:00

2B. Heritage: 2nd day 12:00-13:00 Lunch

I will take you to my favorite restaurant of Japanese lunch. (from 1,000 JPY)

14:00

2B. Heritage: 2nd day 14:00-15:00 Nara Horyu-Ji Temple

The most famous temple built 1,300 years ago by Prince Shotoku, who established Japan as a nation. This temple was first registered as the world heritage in Japan, which has the oldest wooden buildings in the world. (Admission: 2,000/1,000 JPY per adult/under 15)

15:00

15:00 - 18:30 Transportation from Nara to Tokyo

We will take an express train from Nara to Kyoto. Then take the Shinkansen to Tokyo.

19:00

At your hotel

End of the tour

Ending Point

at your hotel in Tokyo

What to Expect

You can visit popular sites in Kyoto and Nara for two days.

You can choose your favorite places from the three routes in Kyoto; {1A. Miyabi/ 1B. Golden/ 1C. History}.

And from the two routes in Nara; {2A. Highlight/ 2B. Heritage}.

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 33,000 JPY per adult, including that of the Shinkansen)

Lunch (from 700 JPY per person for you and guide)

Dinner (from 3,000 JPY per person for you and guide)

Lodging cost (from 10,000 JPY per person per person for you and guide)

Entrance fee of you (about 4,000 JPY per adult in total)

-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, junior high 350, elementary 200

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

-Todai-Ji Temple: adult 600

-Nara National Museum: adult 520 student 260

-Kofuku-Ji Temple: adult 900

-Nara Horyu-Ji Temple: adult 2,000 under 15 1,000

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.

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

This tour is for those who stay in Tokyo area.

I will book your seats of the train if you agree to pay me in cash about 33,000 JPY per adult at our tour.

I will book your hotel near Kyoto station so that you can leave your luggage during the tour.

You can't use the JR Pass for this tour.

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 33,000 JPY per adult including the guide and 16,500 JPY per children under 12 years old

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.

How much are the admission fees?

Admission fees are shown in the itinerary and what's not included.

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

D

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

$548/ per group