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.
Private tour of Kyoto with optional half-day or full-day itinerary
Customize the itinerary according to personal interests
Tick off Kyoto highlights including the Golden Pavilion, Fushimi Inari
Shrine, and Kiyomizu area, Gion
Choose to see an alternative side of Kyoto
Entrance fees, transportation fees and lunch (you & guide) are not included
At a time prearranged with your guide, launch straight into a discussion of your upcoming itinerary and inform your guide of attractions and areas that capture your attention.
Depending on what sparks your interest, you’ll visit select Kyoto sites: if you’re a foodie, discover the culinary wonderland of Nishiki Food Market; history buffs will love the 8th-century Kiyomizu Temple while fans of modern architecture will be blown away by Kyoto Station.
Other Kyoto highlights include the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), a three-storey pagoda that floats on a forest-shrouded lake, and Nijo Castle, with its spectacular artworks and gold leaf ceilings.
However you decide to spend your day, your tour concludes with drop-off at your preferred location.
Reviews by Viator travelers
, Oct 2019
Had a great 2 day tour with Yasuna! She was very patient with us (a mixed group of varying fitness levels: an elderly granddad of 80+ and a young kid of 8). Loved seeing Ryoanji.
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!
27 July 2019, though it was a rainy day, this 4.5 hour trip was pleasant and memorable. My guide, Kaori San, was very knowledgable and planned well so that I could go and see the places that I enjoyed very much. The temples and shrines in Kyoto were beautiful. That was a very joyful afternoon. Many thanks to Kaori San. I highly recommend this tour.
This tour was a great way to see some of the main sites of Kyoto. Our guide Aki was fantastic - knowledgeable, spoke fluent English, and very accommodating on this tour. Your guide will suggest what sites to see on your tour - with rule of thumb being 4 different attractions/sites. I would highly recommend this tour, and our guide Aki!
Very informative and enjoyable tour of Kyoto. The tour guide, Yasuna, was excellent and tailored the experience to our preferences. Walking around the city with a local gave me a better appreciate for the place, would highly recommend.
We learned so much from Keiko, our guide! She was excellent. She had a lot of knowledge about history and culture and she worked with us to cater the tour to our interest. She was very flexible and let us adjust our schedule midway through the tour. She gave us many recommendations of food and things to do after the tour finished. She even walked us to her recommended sushi restaurant for lunch. She helped us to get a table and get situated! She also followed up with an email of her recommendations. The tour was great and was made even better because Keiko was so nice, informative, and helpful.
Best guide ever! Yumiko really brought our Kyoto tour to life with details and stories and context. My husband and I highly recommend doing a tour with Yumiko. She's fun, funny, kind and knowledgeable. You won't be disappointed!
We enjoyed the full day tour. With 2 young kids, our guide Naomi was able to plan the tour according to their pace. Would have been nicer if we had booked the tour for more than 1 day. :
Will book a similar tour if we were to go back to kyoto again.
We had the exceptional tour. We enjoyed and appreciates every places that we've been.. our walking was great also with our tour guide Mr. Kenji Matsuyama. He was very helpful and very accommodating to us. A very knowledgeable person, very detailed explanation about the temples, shrine and all the places we visited. The only thing that kind of disappoint us was not a lot of cherry blossoms. We would like to really experience it. Well, I guess better luck next time. Overall rating was excellent. I would definitely recommend Viator and our tour guide Mr. Kenji Matsuyama to all my friends. Thank you very much.