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In one day, visited all the Temples and Shrines. Highly recommended.
Best use of your time.
Lanny San was excellent, explaining all the quirky things about the places which we visited, Japanesse and Kyoto’s culture and customaries, another places and attractions in Kyoto.
We are glad to take this tour as our first day in Kyoto so we have few tips to follow through for today.
This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. Save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. Travel in an air-conditioned coach for a hassle-free day. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
Active travelers will love the opportunity to explore the northern parts of Kyoto by bike. Your local guide will make sure you don’t get lost, and will show you to back alleys and hidden corners that you might miss otherwise, as well as some of the famous attractions that shouldn’t be missed. Cycle on comfortable bike, and enjoy an authentic Japanese lunch to refuel.
We had a great English-speaking tour guide in Yuta, who was friendly, knowledgeable and even brought us a snack! We learned a lot about the Japanese practices at the shrine which we would not have understood without a guide. While we did not see any geisha, Yuta tipped us off to a great restaurant in Gion and we enjoyed a very pleasant dinner. Worth it!
We met our tour guide, Julian, outside of Kyoto station and he immediately made us feel welcome in this city. He spoke perfect English and gave detailed explanations of the sites we visited and answered all the questions we thought up. The tour itself was a little tiring for someone in our group, but there were times where she could easily rest and catch back up with the group. Julian easily accommodated our interests and requests. My favorite part of the tour was walking through the Buddhist compounds. They were like nothing I had ever seen before. I highly recommend this tour for any foreigners visiting Japan for the first time.
Discover the Zen gardens, colorful temples, and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and religious monuments of this historic Japanese city, once the imperial capital, as you join a guide on visits to the Gion Geisha district, Tofukuji Temple, and more.
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Kyoto
Best experience of the trip
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide, Yuki was excellent and the tour itself was a great mix of venues with a lot of flexibility. Yuki kept us on schedule without rushing us and provided great commentary on both the tour sites and Japanese culture. If we'd had more time in Japan, I would definitely have looked into any other tours that she might have been leading.
Very good Japanese lady with good English speaking guide. It was a long day but the tour covered major Kyoto and Nara stops. Our grand-kids were not too thrilled with historical stops, but they did enjoy deer park in Nara. Lunch provided could have been better. I recommend this tour for visitors with limited time in Kyoto.
Discover the history and religions of ancient Japan during this full-day exploration of Kyoto and Nara. See Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle, along with its Imperial Palace. Then drive from Kyoto to Nara to explore its own World Heritage Site, Todai-ji Temple (including Great Buddha Hall), plus Kasuga Shrine. You also visit Nara’s deer park and sample a Japanese and Western-style meal for lunch. Your Nara and Kyoto visit also includes a guide, coach transport, and all entrance fees.
I learned so much about sake from this tour. From how it's made to what elements are important to make a successful sake, I feel like a pro! Additionally, the tasting and food pairing for the second half of the tour was great. I learned about the categories of sake and which ones I like the best.
Gain a better understanding of sake during this tour that explores the Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto. Visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, one of the largest sake breweries in Fushimi, and end your visit with a sake-tasting session. Not only will your guide be able to explain the basics of sake and introduce you to new kinds you may have never tried, but your tastings will also be paired with Japanese snacks that enhance the tasting experience.
Experience Tea Ceremony wearing a Kimono in Kyoto MAIKOYA
From $63.29 (Price varies by group size )
, Dec 2019
They were very accommodating with our reservation after we messed up so I was very appreciative about that and how professional they were. The ceremony was beautiful and we learned a lot, my wife and I enjoyed it a lot. Everyone there were very nice and friendly, I’d recommend this to anyone interested in the Japanese tea ceremony!
It was so fun to get dressed up and learn about a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. All the workers there were so nice and considerate, and did my hair beautifully, I kept it for the rest of the day! Loved it and highly recommend it!
If you’re visiting Japan for the first time, receive a cultural introduction to the country during a tea ceremony in traditional kimonos. During the ceremony, learn about Japanese history and sample matcha green tea, a local specialty. Plus, wearing a traditional kimono means you leave the experience with fantastic photographs to commemorate your time in Kyoto.
My daughter and I signed up for the Ramen making class with Alisa. She was very patient and gave great instructions on how to make ramen. We both enjoyed Alisa's sense of humour and appreciated all the pictures she took for us during our session. The end result was delicious! We would highly recommend this activity for anyone who enjoys cooking.
Ramen is one of Japan’s most popular dishes—a noodle and broth soup, topped with various meat or vegetable combinations. On this tour, learn how to make ramen from scratch at a local ramen factory, including making the noodles, mixing the soup, and adding the toppings. Finish by enjoying your delicious bowl of home-cooked ramen. The factory is also Halal-certified and vegetarian and vegan options are available on request.
Early bird tour is the way to go - especially if you are jet-lagged!
, Jan 2020
Great tour. I recommend doing while you are still jet-lagged as you will be up early regardless. We went to Fushimi Inari first and it was nice to experience this beautiful shrine in its true essence without the selfie/instagram crowd. Unfortunately, by the time we got to Bamboo Forrest, the area was overwhelmingly crowded with tourists. Lucy was great. She spoke perfect English and was a lovely guide to spend the day with. Our only complaint is that the tour operator did not tell us to bring our JR pass on this tour and we ended up having to spend additional money on top of the JR pass we already paid for.
Sachiko was an amazing tour guide. Meet up was easy and the day was an amazing experience for my wife and I.
We took many free tours on this trip to Japan, but it was worthwhile paying to have a tour guide for this day in Kyoto.
Kyoto is one of Japan’s most popular travel destinations and with over 50 million annual visitors, it can get busy. This tour makes an early start so you can avoid the crowds and cram much more into your day. Stroll around the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before the tour groups arrive, visit Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) right as it opens, and walk through the torii gates of Fushimi Inari (Shrine) before the midday heat.
- 7+ mouth-watering Kyoto-style Japanese food tastings, enough for a full dinner meal, served from locally-owned restaurants (Menu may vary every time based on the fresh ingredients at the market).
- Two drinks as we taste local style dinner. You may also choose your drinks (Beer, sake & other drinks). Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.
- Explore Kyoto, visiting popular spots as well as hidden gems. Enjoy the unique scenes of Nishiki Market, Pontocho, and Kiyamachi.
Our walking tour with Elle was spectacular! Her knowledge of all the places we visited was impeccable. She is friendly and made our experience so very pleasant. I would recommend anyone visiting Kyoto to schedule with Elle!
Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
-Drink like a local! Bar hopping in the backstreets of Pontocho-
To start this All-in-one bar hopping walking tour that Drinks & Foods are all included, our local guide will take you to an izakaya bar (a local tavern) on Pontocho street, one of the most well known night streets, full of local izakayas. We will be taking you to places only the locals know and recommend, making for a one and only experience!
-Various drink and izakaya food tastings-
We'll continue bar hopping walking around in the backstreets of Kyoto. You can try some authentic izakayas that serve yakitori or sashimi with crisp, cold draft beer. If you're a sake-lover, we will help you navigate through a sake standing bar that serves Kyoto-made sake. You can enjoy the night like a local!
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Explore the intricate temples and serene gardens of Kyoto on this 4-hour guided tour visiting some of the imperial city’s most important religious and cultural sites. Check out Sanjusangendo Temple, the longest wooden structure in Japan and home more than 1000 Kannon statues, Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine, the head shrine of the god Inari and the supreme views afforded from Kiyomizu Temple high above Kyoto. This excursion to Kyoto’s top temples also includes all entrance fees.
Our tour of Kyoto was amazing. What makes our tour stand out was our guide Akemy, She is a wonderful tour guide and a down to earth person. She made us feel comfortable right from the beginning. She took us to see the Golden Pavilion, Silver Pavilion, and Inari Shrine. She is very knowledgeable on all the sites. We ask her to take us to a tonkatsu restaurant for lunch and she took us to place where I had one of the best meals of the trip. My family and I enjoyed this tour and would recommend this tour to visitors in Kyoto
We are a small group of people who specializes in private and personalized tours in Kyoto. Our aim is to help our customers to utilize best their precious time in Kyoto by offering specially crafted tours covering Kyoto's top attractions.
When it comes to a trip, we know that you have your goals and preferences. We would love to hear about them and help you have a unique an unforgettable Kyoto experience.
Postgraduate students with Ph.D. or MA- level scholar graduated from Japanese universities, our guides have vast knowledge about Japanese history and culture because they have been living here for several years and are experts in their fields. Their high academic level makes them proficient not only on everything Kyoto but also on the way of life in Japan and its rich history.
The Hidden Kyoto E-Bike tour was great! We got to explore temples and shrines that we would not have otherwise gone to as well as the classic golden temple. It was great that the tickets were included in the price. Our guide (and owner) Ross was amazing, super nice, helpful, informative and an all around great tour guide! We would highly recommend this tour to everyone! (Also the biking was fun and easy!)
Lianca was an amazing tour guide, taking us through the back streets of Kyoto and giving us several options to customize the route. We visited some very cool spots and Lianca gave us the history of each and was able to answer all our questions. The e-bikes were amazing - shot uphill with ease! At the end, she emailed some highlights of our trip, including the names and locations of the places we visited - much appreciated! Highly recommend :)
This activity is terrific if you are fit and are used to riding a bike in a busy urban setting. My daughter was able to complete the tour without mishap but I had to sit out early on in the tour. The guide, Lianca, was very kind and helpful but the pace proved to be too challenging even for the seasoned cyclists in the group.The tour description says that the route is on quiet back streets but really, in Kyoto, that does not exist. There were local cyclists who wove in and out between pedestrians and car drivers without any warning. This caused some near misses among the tour group cyclists. Also, if you are very short, the bikes are much too big and unstable. The tour itself is informative and the tour guide, Lianca, was excellent in her knowledge of Japanese culture and customs. I think the tour description needs to emphasis that there are parts of the route that are quite challenging, like steep hills and that the cyclists need to be comfortable with urban cycling. If it had been a walking tour, I would have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Cycle past a mix of Kyoto’s most-famous sights and its lesser-known secrets during this half-day ‘Hidden Kyoto’ bike tour. Take a 4.9-mile (8-kilometer) ride that starts by winding past iconic Kyoto temples and shrines like Kinkakuji, Koto-in, and Kitano Tenmagu. You’ll continue ‘off the beaten path,’ discovering intimate Zen gardens and charming backstreets known only to locals.
Discover Kyoto’s magical Gion district, which is known for being the city’s Geisha area. Don't worry about language barriers, as a guide is there to help you translate and explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and other Japanese words. The unmarked narrow streets of Gion can make it easy to get lost at night, but this is not a problem with a guide to navigate and lead the way. Upgrade to a longer, private tour for a closer look at Geisha culture.
This tour was great except for the fact that it was a little rushed. Our guide was fantastic and very informative on the bus ride there and back. At the great Buddah it was really amazing to see and the amount of time there was good - but when it was time to go to the next shrine due to a lot of traffic and then the sun going down I felt we were really rushed through and didn't get to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. My thought is maybe the tour could have started a bit earlier to give us some more time - but in saying that there is no way they can control the traffic so I don't think its the tour company's fault, just unfortunate for us. All in all a good tour though.
Discover the historic environs of Nara, ancient capital of Japan, as you explore Buddhist temples, shrines and the famous Nara deer park on this excursion from Kyoto. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and home to the country’s largest Buddha statue, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Then stop by Nara Park, a 1,250-acre reserve that’s home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Your Nara excursion also includes pickup from select Kyoto hotels, a guide and all entrance fees.
We had a great time with our tour guide Peter! This was the best way to see all of Kyoto in one day. We learned a lot of interesting things about the city and culture in Kyoto. We stayed in Kyoto for 4 days and this was definitely the highlight of our trip.
Got into Kyoto late Thursday night after a long trip over from Kansas. So we decided to keep the excitement of being in Japan going by doing this Bike Tour on the first full day there. What an unbelievable way to experience Kyoto. It allowed us to really get a good sense of the beautiful city it is, and our guide made sure we saw some stuff off the beaten path. Recommend to anyone who can do the trip, but it is a pretty good bike ride over the course of the 8.5 hrs, so be ready to work a bit!
There is no better way to get some fresh air, and experience the sites and sounds of Kyoto than on a day long bike trip with our excellent guide, Peter. Peter was a great fun and was a wealth of knowledge on all things Japanese. We only had one day in Kyoto and this was the perfect choice for us.
Kyoto’s traditional neighborhoods and scenic parklands are ideal for exploring by bike. On this tour, save time by cycling around the city and visit five of Kyoto’s most popular attractions in one day. Enjoy stunning views of the Golden Pavilion and the Kiyomizu Temple; pose for photos by the red torri gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine; and hop off to stroll around the Bamboo Forest and explore the geisha district.
The rickshaw ride through the bamboo forest was amazing our guides were extremely friendly and informative and very kind and nice . Kiyo was fabulous, so refreshing to find someone so friendly in Japan. The hot seat pads were brilliant in the cold weather and the photos Kiyo took of us were really professional. I would highly recommend this trip.
Hop aboard a traditional rickshaw with a private guide for a journey through the atmospheric streets of beautiful Kyoto. Depending on the ride length you select, be peddled through the serene shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood, discovering its picturesque Bamboo Grove, or admiring the wooden structures and ancient alleys of the Higashiyama district.
【Every Tue＆Fri】MAIKO (Geisha) Performance ＠Gion Area
A unique experience in cultural heritage
, Oct 2019
The Maiko experience was amazing. Her performance was hypnotic. The translators gave us the opportunity to interact and ask questions to the performer which made the experience even better. I would highly recommend this to get a sense of deeply rooted Japanese heritage while also being entertained.
Enjoy 1.5 hours Maiko (apprentice Geisha) performance which includes below;
Learn about Maiko cultures and differences between Maiko and Geisha.
Enjoy Questions & answer time with Maiko about costumes, cultures, and others.
Play Ozashiki-game, traditional party game with Maiko.
Licensed English interpreter will guide you.
Get a special name card(千社札) .
Photo shooting with Maiko
Meet, know, and enjoy with Maiko, apprentice of Geisha!
Maiko learned to entertain their guests through dances, games, songs, and conversations for many years.
Get to know all the essences of Maiko within 90 mins program.
You may become a Maiko master after this performance!
Your hosts hope you to enjoy this opportunity because meeting with Maiko is almost impossible especially for 1st time customer without any relationships or recommendations.
Feel the beauty and elegance of Maiko and enrich your cultural experience in Japan on this charming night.
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Great overview of important sites in Kyoto
, Nov 2019
Tour included 6 sites on a busy holiday weekend. We had enough time at each to understand the significance of the site with history and other info provided by our guide. English language tour and the guide was excellent and spoke excellent English. She provided little bits of info about Japan in general and led the group in spite of the crowds to each site. I recommend this trip to visit many sites in one day
Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the tranquil Kiyomizu Temple amid its verdant surroundings; absorb the Imperial majesty of Kyoto Imperial Palace; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Behold the beguiling beauty of the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine and enrich your knowledge of Kyoto’s rich historical heritage with commentary from an informative guide. Moderate levels of fitness are advisable for this tour, on which a lot of walking occurs.
Get an excellent introduction to the cuisine of Kyoto on this small-group guided tour of the city's best food spots. Start at the deliciously vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the market with the guide, learning about the history of food in the city and taste many dishes unique to Kyoto, including pickled vegetables, fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, mochi and Japanese omelet. After the market, visit a shrine dedicated to the god of education.
Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master at Wakwak-kan
From $40.70 (Price varies by group size )
Interesting and Informative
, Nov 2019
Highly recommended experience in Kyoto. The lady doing the ceremony was so graceful and elegant. She walked us through each step of the ceremony explaining what she was doing and the symbolism of it. Incredibly interesting experience.
Experience the traditions of Japan at a tea ceremony in Kyoto and learn the origins of this ancient practice. Choose from one of two different tea ceremony options—one is hosted in a machiya (typical wooden house) and the other ceremony is complete with kimono dress. Your ceremony includes a guide, who provides translation.
Our service is unique in that it is always “tourist-friendly.” The price is clear(USD 200 or JPY 22,000). We do not close bookings until 3 PM on the show day and not have a minimum number of participants. You can decide today to join the dinner without any possibility of cancellation. Also, the MC is a Kyoto-city official guide and our sophisticated program will never get you bored. This makes this dinner experience immersable. Time flies while you are enjoying the graceful dances, traditional party games, Q&A sessions, talking with Maiko in person and the Japanese set menu called “Kaiseki.” Photos and movies are ALL-YOU-CAN-SHOOT. You will have a memorable night with us!
Get a deeper experience of Kyoto food culture than would be possible on your own by joining this guided tour. Stroll through the districts of Gion and Pontocho, stopping in to small bars and restaurants to sample traditional drinks and food, as you explore.