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1 Day Character Private Kyoto Tour - English Speaking Driver

1 Day Character Private Kyoto Tour - English Speaking Driver

Experience the nature and culture of Kyoto on this on this all-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, explore this UNESCO-designated city with a knowledgeable local driver as a your chauffeur. Customize the tour to suit your interests and visit must-see sites like the magical Arashiyama bamboo forest, the gorgeous Kinkakuji shrine, and the Gion district. • Explore Japan’s former capital city, Kyoto, on this all-day guided adventure • Discover Kyoto’s landmark temples, shrines and charming neighborhoods •Enjoy a customizable itinerary that can be crafted to suit your interests •Make the most of limited time with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$774.75
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$774.75
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Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Bamboo Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Bamboo Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Accompanied by a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide, explore the area of Arashiyama and Sagano, where aristocrats once unwound in their villas more than 1,000 years ago. The highlights of this tour include the scenic countryside views from Togetsukyo bridge; Tenryu-ji temple with its beautiful traditional gardens; the enchanting world from within the Bamboo Grove; and Jojakko-ji Temple with its breathtaking green moss. During the tour you will also visit some secret spots unfamiliar to the usual tourists. Enjoy the walk and delicious food while learning about Japanese culture and history. Our guides are looking forward to arranging a tour that’s best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.97
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$92.97
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Kyoto Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka departure) with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka departure) with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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If you are staying in Osaka but would like to take some time out to enjoy some sights outside the big city, then this Kyoto tour is for you! Our nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guides will help you efficiently spend a full-day, six-hour tour exploring Kyoto, introducing both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient city. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Osaka, or anywhere else at your convenience, and will take you to a number of Kyoto's famous spots. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will arrange a tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.12
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$129.12
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Mt. Koya Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka departure) with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Mt. Koya Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka departure) with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will help you efficiently enjoy a one-day tour of UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, Mt. Koya. Go on a full-day guided walking tour of Mt. Koya and learn about the modern and traditional aspects of one of the world’s most sacred mountains! If you are staying in Osaka but would like to take some time out to enjoy some sights outside the big city, then this tour of Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture is for you! Meet your guide at your hotel (in Osaka, Kyoto, Wakayama, or around the Kansai area), then head to Mount Koya. Your guide will customize your full-day tour in detail according to your interests. Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$144.62
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$144.62
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Kyoto Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Explore Kyoto, one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations, accompanied by one of our nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guides, who will help you efficiently enjoy a four-hour tour, introducing both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient city. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, or anywhere else at your convenience, and will take you to a number of Kyoto's famous spots. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will arrange a tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.97
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$92.97
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Nijo-jo Castle Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Nijo-jo Castle Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will introduce you to sides of Japan that ordinary tourists do not usually get to see. This short trip is a fantastic, value-packed way of experiencing Niji-jo Castle! We are here to help you discover and experience new places and things at Niji-jo Castle. Learn why the best example of feudal era castle architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is significant in terms of history, culture, and art history. Come enjoy the tour, the best way to explore Nijo-jo Castle! Learn more about this 400-year old feudal era castle and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its significance on Japanese history, culture, and art on this short, value-packed tour accompanied by one of our nationally-licensed and experiened English-speaking guides. Note*1: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.20
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$25.20
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Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Highlights Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Highlights Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Most visitor to Kyoto go to Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine to snap a photo of the red torii gates then leave, This guided tour offers a much richer experience, with insights into the origin of the shrine and its connection to local culture.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.20
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$25.20
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Gion Evening Highlights Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Gion Evening Highlights Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Exploring the narrow alleyways of Kyoto’s Geisha District—Gion can be daunting for a first-time visitor. Eliminate the worry of getting lost by going on a guided tour. It’s a great way to discover hidden places that locals love, and to hear about Kyoto’s ancient past. Highlights include learning about Geisha culture and rituals, and visiting Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.99
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$30.99
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Silver Pavilion Ginkaku-ji Temple Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Silver Pavilion Ginkaku-ji Temple Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enhance your visit to the UNESCO-listed Silver Pavilion—Ginkaku-ji Temple by discovering its history and top features with a guide. You’ll learn about its link to Higashiyama culture, and the life of the art-obsessed shogun who lived there. It’s a great way to find out more Japan’s ancient traditions, including the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Noh theater, and poetry.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.20
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Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji Temple Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji Temple Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is one of Kyoto's most recognizable landmarks and a must-see, but you will have a must richer experience by visiting it with a guide who can provided detailed historical context to the much-photographed temple.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.20
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$25.20
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kiyomizu-dera Temple Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Discover one of Kyoto’s most popular temples—Kiyomizu-dera Temple by going on a comprehensive 1-hour guided tour. Exploring the temple grounds with a guide means you’ll be able to learn about Japan’s history and culture as you explore the magnificent building. Enjoy commentary from your English-speaking guide who will make sure you don't miss any important features.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.20
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$25.20
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Kyoto Japanese Garden Lover's Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Japanese Garden Lover's Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Traditional and historical Japanese gardens are best sites to see Japanese aesthetics. Both artistic landscape gardens with seasonal plants and dry landscape gardens at Zen temples help you get relaxed for meditation. Visiting various styled gardens and experiencing traditional Japanese spirits which are represented in plants, rocks, and total design. Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will help you efficiently enjoy a one-day private tour of the best Japanese gardens in Kyoto. Select gardens from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. In addition to gardens, you may also choose any famous site in Kyoto for a truly memorable experience! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.83
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$122.83
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South Kyoto in a Nutshell: Gentle Backstreet Bike Tour!

South Kyoto in a Nutshell: Gentle Backstreet Bike Tour!

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Join Cycle Kyoto for a morning bike tour around south Kyoto's most beautiful locations. Stay safe riding on quiet backstreets, explore the mighty Fushimi Inari Shrine as well as a host of specially selected locations. Starts with a visit to the temples of central Kyoto before following the Takase Canal and Kamo River into Gion. After weaving through the backstreets of Kyoto’s famous geisha and teahouse district, we head up to the spectacular Tofukuji Temple for pictures. We then roll down to the other side of the slope and straight into Fushimi Inari Shrine (The most visited attraction in Japan!). After a stroll around the famous orange Torii gates, we head home
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.31
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$72.31
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Biking Tour in Kyoto

Biking Tour in Kyoto

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For those short on time and high on energy, join us for a one day all-you-can-Kyoto bike tour! Experience the tranquility of one of world's largest wooden buildings, learn about the history of Kyoto at the Imperial Palace Park, reflect on life at the stunning Golden Pavilion, enjoy a traditional sit-down lunch, capture the essence of Kyoto in the Gion geisha district and discover the majesty of the mighty Fushimi Shrine. Our shop is a 2 minute walk from Kyoto central station, our groups are small, our bikes are top quality 'Giant' hybrids, and our guides are relaxed, bilingual, experienced and safe! Sit back and let Cycle Kyoto show you around town!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.96
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$123.96
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Half-Day Guided Bike Tour of North Kyoto with Lunch

Half-Day Guided Bike Tour of North Kyoto with Lunch

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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.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.30
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$103.30
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Osaka Walking Tour with a Licensed Guide

Osaka Walking Tour with a Licensed Guide

Osaka is the second biggest city in Japan. Located in the Kansai Area, it is the home of excellent food like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and yakisoba. But more than delicious snacks, Osaka has a lot of great places to enjoy! In this tour, you will visit the most famous one: Osaka Castle. This castle is located in a spacious area full of history and nature. Even if the complex is incredible to visit all year long, it is a magical place during the plum and cherry blossom season, from March to May. First, you will look at Sengan-Yagura Turret, one of its oldest remainings. Then, you will walk by the cute Hokoku Shrine and the traditional garden Nishinomaru, before enjoying a nice walk in Osaka Castle Park, a place full of plum and cherry trees. The next step will be Osaka Castle and its impressive panorama of the city. Finally, after passing by the cute Gokurakubashi Bridge, you will enjoy a boat promenade around the complex in a Gozabune boat and its golden roof.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$473.74
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$473.74
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Kyoto Fushimi Hidden Route Hiking & Soba Lunch

Kyoto Fushimi Hidden Route Hiking & Soba Lunch

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This is the original Fushimi hidden route tour. The Guide used work as a porter of Mt Fushimi, who carry staffs such as Sake, shrine gate to the summit shrine. My relationship with Fushimi is more than 10 years. Since We realized that many tourists just visited only main area (very busy and surface of it’s attraction ) and returned, We’ve started this tour since last year. More than scenic Thousands of Red Gates, We’ll show you authentic holly spots, summit shrine, gate factory by alternative peaceful bamboo forest path. Local people in the mountain will also welcome you.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.51
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$65.51

Private Tour - This is The Best Walking Tour, All Must-sees in Osaka!

Private Tour - This is The Best Walking Tour, All Must-sees in Osaka!

Osaka was Japan's capital and it has a rich history. When the Osaka castle was built in the late 16th century, the city had developed its transportation network, markets, and more. Today, it is still the second-largest city after Tokyo and has different characteristics from other regions, especially food culture and comedy. The magnificent castle, which has been chosen as one of the three most famous castles in Japan, allows you to experience the history of the city. You can also visit the market, known as the kitchen of Osaka, and enjoy excellent gourmet food such as fresh tuna sushi and Kobe beef steaks. This is the best walking tour to stroll through all Osaka must-sees in 1day!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.91
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$117.91
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Private Tour - Explore Kyoto's Famous Spots and Station Building by Foot!

Private Tour - Explore Kyoto's Famous Spots and Station Building by Foot!

Tourists who come to Kyoto from all over the world pass-by Kyoto Station. Little do they know must-see spots are near the station too, Higashihonganji and Nishihonganji. Seen in the Michelin handbook, feel the history and see the beautiful wooden architecture. This tour also shows you the charm of Kyoto Station! Packed with sweets stores, ramen, and an observatory deck, you can surely spend a day here. Kyoto station is famous for its modern, trendy architecture, so you can feel both the historic and modern in a day! To make the most of every minute in Kyoto, why don't you join a tour on the day arrive or just before you leave?
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.26
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$98.26
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Private Tour - First Time - Kyoto! Visit All the

Private Tour - First Time - Kyoto! Visit All the "Must-See" Destinations!

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A must-visit location in Japan. Discover Kyoto's famous spots efficiently by bus. There is a story behind each spot in Kyoto representing the people who lived there and its history. You will take a visit to many of the shrines and temples. There is also time to enjoy the beautiful garden while tasting some matcha. From Kiyomizudera temple, you can see over Kyoto providing a great photo spot! The final spot is the well-known "Kanrakugai," popular for its Okonomiyaki. It is a plan that will allow you to discover the Kyoto hot-spots!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.00
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$113.00
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Private Tour - A tour to Appreciate the Artistic Traditional Techniques

Private Tour - A tour to Appreciate the Artistic Traditional Techniques

Had been the political and cultural center for more than a thousand year, Kyoto has a lot of pieces of art that represent Japan and that atmosphere is still inherited. You will feel the solemn tradition and elaborate new wave of techniques on this tour. After learning about the history and culture of Kyoto at a Museum, you will visit a workshop to observe elaborate beautiful work of art using traditional techniques and will take a close look at how craftsmen actually make their work by hands! There are also specialized shops that have traditional goods such as wrapping cloth and incense sticks in a modern design. Don’t forget to book your tour to discover the traditional techniques!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.00
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$113.00
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Private Tour - Have You Ever Tried? Experience the Skill to Make a Kimono.

Private Tour - Have You Ever Tried? Experience the Skill to Make a Kimono.

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There are still many kimono shops in Kyoto and high-quality kimonos are made there. There are a lot of kimono related shops in a small area in Kyoto because kimono consists of many parts such as cloth, kimono ties, and accessories. You will visit facilities where you can make a kimono cloth yourself on this tour! There are much more techniques in making a cloth than you think like dying. You can experience such techniques originated in Kyoto at specialized shops! Choose your favorite shape, color, and pattern and make your own one of a kind cloth! Don’t forget to book your tour to make your own kimono cloth, with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.26
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$98.26
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Private Tour - Golden Shrine?! Explore world Heritage in Kyoto

Private Tour - Golden Shrine?! Explore world Heritage in Kyoto

You might have heard of Kinkaku-ji Temple: the famous golden temple in Kyoto. It is a must-visit spot, and there are also other major tourist spots around it. However, on this tour, you will visit Kinkaku-ji temple and other minor but worth visiting spots around it, which makes it a special tour for you! You will like the solemn world heritage famous among locals since it is not too crowded, and the garden which has fascinated people for a long time. You are going to use a bus with a 1-day ticket, which will be troublesome if traveling by yourself, but you have our otomo guide on this tour who will take you to the spots smoothly. Don’t forget to book your tour with your otomo guide!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.17
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$103.17
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Private Tour - Walk Like a Japanese Movie Star in Picturesque Kyoto!

Private Tour - Walk Like a Japanese Movie Star in Picturesque Kyoto!

Walk around the paths of Kyoto which everyone recommends to visit on this tour! Is that all? No! There is much more, wide, clean stone pavements like a Japanese movie, local shops located along a path unknown to tourists and an artist path which is becoming highly popular today, “Geisha” and “Maiko” also walk these paths, so keep an eye out for them! You will also visit a temple with more than 1,000 years, and later stop by a famous café! A first-time trip to Kyoto? Why not discover the hidden spots of Kyoto, by strolling around the Kyoto-way!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.09
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$108.09
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