• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural splendor of Kyoto on this private 7-hour tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Choose from two different routes, both of which cover major Kyoto attractions including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, and explore the city with a personal guide. On the northwest-bound route, you’ll visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Food Market, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama Park. Alternatively, the southeast course covers the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 


  • Private 7-hour tour of Kyoto highlights
  • Choose from two itineraries that cover major Kyoto attractions
  • Visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Food Market, and Arashiyama Park on the northbound route
  • Tick off Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area on the southbound route
  • Receive undivided attention from a private guide

What You Can Expect

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Regardless of the itinerary chosen, your private tour begins at Hotel Granvia Kyoto near Kyoto Station. From here, you’ll take public transport in order to immerse yourself in local life.

If you’ve opted to follow the northwest-bound itinerary, your first stop is Arashiyama Park — famed for its array of temples and inviting bamboo groves — before proceeding to Japan’s most famous rock garden at Ryoan-ji.

Following a lunch break (own expense), you’ll continue to the Golden Pavillion, a 3-storey pagoda that floats on a lake surrounded by lush forest. Then, choose to visit the culinary wonderland of Nishiki Food Market or Nijo Castle, whose interior walls are adorned with gold leaf and elaborate sketches.

Alternatively, the southeast-bound course gives you the chance to visit Gekkeikan Sake Brewery to discover the secrets behind Japan’s iconic rice wine, and then behold thousands of red tori gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, replete with stone foxes and shrines.

See, too, Sanjusangendo temple before revitalizing with lunch at your own expense. Then, you’ll continue to Kiyomizu Temple, a hilltop landmark dating back to the 8th century, before ascending the steep slopes in the Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka neighborhoods for spectacular views.

Both tour options conclude in the Gion area of Kyoto.

Customer Reviews

Heather M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Yuri was our guide on this tour and we had an amazing day. All our entry fees and travel costs were included which was great. We went to Arashimaya Bamboo Grove, Ryoanji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple and Nijo Castle. It was a busy day, but Yuri was extremely organised and our transition from one place to another via public transport was seamless. Her knowledge of the sights was excellent, and we felt so lucky to see so much of Kyoto in one day. We would highly recommend Yuri as a guide on any tour.

Gene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was our second visit to Kyoto, and we were eager to really see and understand more about this lovely, very traditional city. Mia was exactly what we were hoping forshe shared many insights into Japanese society, she told us a lot about the places we visited, she was fun to be with and we enjoyed everything about our tour. Kyoto is a city of contrastsvery modern in some ways, very traditional in others. Certainly its the place to fully understand Japanese culture. Thanks to Mia, my children and I feel like we learned a great deal, and are leaving Kyoto and Japan with a much better understanding of this country and its people. As a result, we cant wait to return! Thanks to Mia!

Frank S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We could not have been more delighted with our half-day tour of the Golden Pavilion, bamboo forest, and other beautiful sights on the Northwestern side of Kyoto. Our guide, Mia, was a wonderful hostess and teacher. With her flawless English and lovely sense of humor, she enhanced our understanding and enjoyment greatly. The pace of the tour was perfect and we would not have changed a single thing. Highly recommended!

Tej D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

It was overall an amazing tour with great highlights including the bamboo forrest, Golden Temple, and Nijo castle. The tour guide was so friendly and made this day exciting and enjoying. I highly recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our tour guide meia was wonderful she could not have been better. She was professional, intelligent, funny and kind to us. The route was quick moving and hit everything I wanted. Please consider requesting meia, I hope I'm spelling it correctly? Every site we saw was beautiful my favorite was the Samurai castle in Kyoto my husbands was the Bamboo groove but every spot was fantastic.

mohammad r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

highly recomended. tour guide kami sangat mengenal kyoto. menjelaskan banyak tentang kyoto. mengajak kami ke tempat tempat yang seru. suka ngopi juga seperti kami. mau ikut menawar harga di pasar nisiki kyoto. luar biasa


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

I highly recommend the tour. Great guide and personable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The tour was great. Guide was very friendly and made the pace of the tour just right for us. We visited all the places we wanted to see and spent just enough time at each.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing and our tour guide (Kazu) was awesome! Well worth every dollar. Kazu went above and beyond to ensure we he answered all of of our questions and we were content.

Anne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a wonderful day with Allie. She showed us Bamboo Garden, nijo-ji castle, rock garden, golden pavilion and a few other places. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and easy to talk with. She took us on buses and trains and we got to see areas of of Kyoto we would not have seen on big tour. Great trip.

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