• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: Full-day: 8 hrs (approx.) ORHalf-day: 4 hrs (approx.)
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Make the most of your time in Kyoto by booking a customized private tour with an expert guide. Create your own sightseeing itinerary, choosing from among dozens of cultural and historic landmarks, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Nijo Castle or Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Choose either a half-day or full-day itinerary and travel via public transport accompanied by your guide. Transportation and lunch is included on this comprehensive and flexible Kyoto tour.


  • Customized private tour of Kyoto
  • Create a half-day or full-day sightseeing itinerary with an experienced guide
  • Hear expert commentary on Kyoto’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Visit highlights like Nijo Castle and the Golden Pavilion, or focus your tour on shopping or food, depending on your interests
  • Enjoy lunch at a local Japanese restaurant (if full-day tour selected)
  • Get around the city easily via efficient public transport

What You Can Expect

Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

After hotel pickup, set off to discover Kyoto's many cultural and historical treasures with your knowledgeable guide, using the city’s efficient public transportation system to get around as needed. The full-day tour includes lunch at a local Japanese restaurant.
This customized private tour allows you to build your itinerary around your interests. Perhaps begin with a visit to a few of Kyoto’s many temples and shrines. Reach Fushimi Inari Shrine by train, riding to a wooded mountain on the outskirts of the city. There, stroll past a multitude of bright red torii (sacred gates) that frame the pathways in the forest.

Nijo Castle, a 17th-century World Heritage site, was the residence of Tokugawa shoguns for nearly 300 years. Enjoy fantastic photo opportunities in the lovely gardens, and head inside to admire two floors decorated with layers of gold leaf.
Tour the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu Temple and marvel at magnificent views of the entire city from the terrace, or see the renowned Golden Pavilion and exquisite Japanese garden at the enchanting Kinkaku-ji Temple.

If your interests veer more toward shopping or food, your guide can take you to Kyoto’s best spots, including a sake brewery tour and tasting. Let your guide know if you’d like to participate in any additional activities such as a tea ceremony, calligraphy workshop or aikido class, or head off the beaten path with a bike ride through Kyoto’s back streets (each at additional expense).
After your private orientation to Kyoto, your guide accompanies you back to your hotel via public transport.

Customer Reviews

Trip with Mr. ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our guide was not Japanese, but definitely well versed in all the history, articulate, interesting made the day exactly what we wanted. We are not the average tourist, so he accommodated our itinerary to visit and explore just what we wanted adding in the personal touch of his own experiences of living in Japan.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had a great young man as our tour guide. He was prompt at our hotel. He had great command of the English language and was very entertaining. He had great knowledge of the area and knew a lot of the history from the Samurai to the Geisha's. We went to a samurai demonstration and had a great barbeque lunch.

Greg M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

What an amazing experience. A full on fun day with a wonderful guide by the name of Juraj. We started early and go to the Shrine for some fantastic photos before the crowds rolled in. This was our favourite day of tours in Japan as we saw so much and got some magical photographs. Juraj was so full of information and was so respectful of the Japanese culture.

Janice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Extremely pleased with our guide, who really gave us an insiders' look at Kyoto, as well as the must-see sites.
He was Slovakian, lived in Kyoto and spoke perfect Japanese. I'm sorry I can't remember his name, but he must be the only
Slovakian as such there. If you've got just a day or two to see Kyoto, a private custom tour is the way to go.

Janice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Extremely pleased with our guide, who really gave us an insiders' look at Kyoto, as well as the must-see sites.
He was Slovakian, lived in Kyoto and spoke perfect Japanese. I'm sorry I can't remember his name, but he must be the only
Slovakian as such there. If you've got just a day or two to see Kyoto, a private custom tour is the way to go.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Juraj was very knowledgable on the history of the sites we requested and attended, Sanjūsangen-dō, Kiyiomizudera Temple and the Heian Shrine. He went at our pace, and was flexible with the itinerary, and even helped us translate when we decided to do some shopping! He also offered helpful insights and recommendations for the rest of our time in Japan, and went out of his way to escort us all the way to our afternoon activity, staying with us a bit longer the scheduled time.
Thanks again Juraj!

Jennifer T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My tour guide, Kazu, was great. He ensured we saw all the things I wanted to see and provided great context for each place. He also helped with translating and other things like showing me how to use the metro, SIM card, etc. Def worth it!!

Stewart M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I had a full day tour booked and was meet at me hotel by Lulu who was on time and very present. I explained to Lulu what I wanted to see and also what I wanted to but which was some really good Japanese knifes. We started out catching a bus then a train fushimi Inari thousand gates which I recommended if you are visiting Kyoto,and Lulu also found a knife maker for me at that site.
We then went to a sake brewery called Geikkakan in the fushimi area which only sells sake direct from the brewery. We then headed back to Kyoto station for some lunch Ramom at Ramom Koi in the station. After lunch we headed to Kiyomizu temple the to sannenzake,ninnenzake,ishibekoji the preserved area of Kyoto. We then visited teramachi,nishikyogoku and the Nishiki markets. It was a full day of trains, buses and walking around Kyoto which is easy to navigate.If you are in Kyoto for a couple of days I highly recommend this tour as Lulu was a fantastic guide and very knowledgable about Kyoto.

Diva Ann F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

My tour of Kyoto in the beginning of cherry blossom season last week in March was simply divine! Rebecca, my tour guide, was polite, knowledgeable, and importantly, a native English speaker. Having lived in Japan for 2 years, Rebecca was able to communicate and navigate effectively as a local. Highlights include: Seeing 2 traditional Japanese weddings outdoors on a beautiful day serendipitous timing!, walking the secret path at Fushimi-Inari that is packed with mini-shrines, and strolling the preserved village streets where we went souvenir shopping at my urging and where I got to try black sesame ice cream! Yes, it was delicious! When we visited temples, Rebecca was highly knowledgeable and educated me on Buddhism and Shintoism in Japan. As a Westerner, I found this to be fascinating, as it is so different from my home culture. Rebecca can also take a great picture - something that is extremely important on such a special trip! My advice to anyone considering this tour would be to have an idea of what you would like to see and accomplish, it helps you tour guide prepare the best experience for you, but also to trust the expert - your tour guide! Rebecca had suggestions I never would have considered that turned out to be highlights of the day. What are you waiting for? Go see Kyoto, and ask for Rebecca!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I had an excellent experience in Kyoto Japan on my custom tailored tour. My tour included Nishiki Market, Rokuon-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and several other nice places on the way.
I found my tour guide to be honest, efficient and great to talk to. She was very knowledgeable about Kyoto. Everywhere we went she had an interesting story or fact to share. We traveled with the locals by bus and train which gave me a chance to experience Kyoto like the locals.
Overall, this was one of the best travel experiences Ive ever had. I would use Viator again next time Im in Japan.

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