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UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle, a fortified complex dating from 1603, was the official residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. Walk in the pretty gardens or visit Ninomaru Palace to see fine Japanese artworks. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Kyoto, a city already full of must-visit attractions.

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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural splendor of Kyoto on this private 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. 
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$211.11
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$211.11
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Nijo Castle Official English Guided Tour

Nijo Castle Official English Guided Tour

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This tour is a guided tour by the Kyoto City Certified Interpreter Guide "Kyoto Municipal Visitors Host". While listening to a meaningful commentary on the guide, you can enjoy Nijo Castle by spinning around Ninomaru Garden, Nijo Castle and gardens. You can also enter places that are not open to the general public. Please join us!
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  • 1 hour
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$9.05
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$9.05

Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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It can be daunting as a first-time visitor to Japan to cope with language barriers and navigate around a new place. On this Kyoto half-day tour, take the stress out of travel planning by having a local host plan your day. Explore one or two neighborhoods of your choice, walking past multiple top attractions and learning about Japanese culture from your guide. By traveling with a local, you learn about hidden secrets off the beaten track that tourists wouldn’t usually visit.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.46
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$111.46
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.65
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Kyoto Moto Rikyu Nijo Castle

Kyoto Moto Rikyu Nijo Castle

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Nijo Castle, a world heritage that Kyoto is proud of. Beyond 400 years, to the stage of history Nijo Castle was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in the 8th year of Keicho (1603) as an accommodation for the protection of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Shogun of the Shogun, and moved the remains of Fushimi Castle by the 3rd Shogun Iemitsu. (1626) completed. You can get a glimpse of the whole picture of the Momoyama period by combining Ieyasu's architecture of the Keicho period and paintings and sculptures made by Iemitsu.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.45
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$11.45
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Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace Visit with Private Guide

Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace Visit with Private Guide

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Get a deeper insight into Japanese history than would be possible independently on this private guided tour of Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. As you explore the historic buildings, enjoy the undivided attention of your guide who introduces you to Japan's Edo period when it was under the control of a shogunate, and the establishment of Kyoto, the ancient capital.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$110.58
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$110.58
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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.00
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$157.00
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

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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.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$250.92
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$250.92
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Kyoto Historical Highlights Cycling Tour with the Golden Pavilion

Kyoto Historical Highlights Cycling Tour with the Golden Pavilion

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- Kick off the tour by checking out Nijo Castle and Seimei Shrine You will be surprised to find how calm and peaceful this ancient city is! Start this historical sights tour by learning about Nijo Castle and how to pray at a Japanese shrine at the unique Seimei Shrine. - Breeze through the old capital's Imperial Palace and enjoy a delicious lunch at a Japanese tea house! After seeing the magical golden pavilion get ready to cycle again for a nice downhill ride to the Imperial Palace where your guide will give you some insights to the old days! - Enjoy the local Kyoto oasis that is Kamogawa river with a relaxing cycle After chowing down on some delicious Kyoto cuisine and taking a break hop back on your bike and finish the tour off with a super-relaxing ride. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.24
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$85.24
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Full Coverage Kyoto Private City Tour

Full Coverage Kyoto Private City Tour

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Checkmark from your travel bucket list the main spots of the city on an extended tour of Kyoto and get to know the city like the back of your hand. All you have to do is trust your local guide, they got you and will show the best of their city. Your local guide has a jam-packed itinerary full of history, culture, stories, and sights. See must-sees of the city, plus get current recommendations about local hot spots, family owned eateries, and up and coming districts of Kyoto you must pay a visit. Yes, this tour is the city guide that will help you enjoy Kyoto in the best way possible. Withlocals Full Coverage City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$205.83
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$205.83
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Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

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Visit ancient shrines and temples of Kyoto-- Nanzen-ji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Yasaka Shrine. Your guide shows you how to respectfully cleanse yourself and offer prayers before entering the sacred places. This small group tour includes information about each stop and history of the area going back 2,677 years. Lunch is included, and the tour ends with shopping and sake tasting in the Gion district, where you may see Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$369.00
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Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and history using this private full-day vehicle charter from Kyoto. After selecting your preferred choice of transportation from a van, bus or limousine, your group will enjoy a private tour through the ancient city of Kyoto, complete with UNESCO-listed temples and numerous culture attractions. Explore the city at your own pace and customize the day to see only what you want to, all with the help of a guide/driver. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the best Kyoto has to offer.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$690.51
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$690.51
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Half Day Tour of Nijo Castle and Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

Half Day Tour of Nijo Castle and Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

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Explore two of Kyoto’s most famous attractions, Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji, during this 4-hour excursion to these two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Relive the era of the Japanese ‘shoguns’ (military leaders) in the 17th century during an hour-long visit to Nijo Castle. Continue on to Kinkaku-ji Temple, the beautiful ‘Golden Pavillion’ constructed in the 14th century by the Ashikaga clan. Your guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are also covered.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.27
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KYOTO & NARA by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019 Customize Your Itinerary

KYOTO & NARA by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019 Customize Your Itinerary

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Private VIP Tour in KYOTO & NARA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019 and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in KYOTO & NARA >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the van. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***Extra 1 ~ 2 hours will be given for free only in case of heavy traffic jam and unexpected delay(s). ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$904.75
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Japanese Tea Ceremony in authentic machiya house

Japanese Tea Ceremony in authentic machiya house

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Are you looking for an authentic tea ceremony? Our Tea Ceremony is held on the second floor of a 140-year-old traditional Machiya and led by certificated Tea Teacher who is born and based here in Kyoto. We can help you understand the correct manners for Tea and we offer with insights into the Way of Tea. After attending our class you will understand how to enjoy matcha tea,and you can enjoy at home. Please feel free to contact us for reservations, or with any questions you may have. We have organized our Tea space so it is accessible to anyone. You will sit on on tatami. You can sit on the chair if you would like to.We welcome children and the elderly.We are the member of Kyoto City Tourism Association.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.59
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$40.59
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KYOTO by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018 Customize Your Itinerary

KYOTO by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018 Customize Your Itinerary

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Private VIP Tour in KYOTO allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Land Rover Discovery 2018 and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the car. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***Extra 1 ~ 2 hours will be given for free only in case of heavy traffic jam and unexpected delay(s). ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$775.84
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Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour

Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour

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This luxurious tour introduces all the important spots in Kyoto in one day: you can get to know the faith of the commoners of Japan, the characteristic food of Kyoto, the residence of the shogun, the palace of the Emperor, and also take a stroll through the geisha street. With this tour, you can deeply understand the lives and thoughts of the people of Kyoto and Japan.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.92
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$130.92
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KYOTO Walking Tour [Customize Your Itinerary]

KYOTO Walking Tour [Customize Your Itinerary]

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Private VIP Tour in KYOTO allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private tour guide for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in KYOTO >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling with the tour guide. Please feel free to reach our team and tour guide for recommendation at any time. ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$402.11
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The Heart of Kyoto & The Nijo Castle Private Tour

The Heart of Kyoto & The Nijo Castle Private Tour

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There is no city like Kyoto, with its alluring blend of deep-rooted traditions and dramatic history. Home to centuries-old temples and shrines as well as being the birthplace of the intriguing geisha culture, Kyoto is a fascinating destination! On this private tour, get ready to discover everything this city has to offer, from its hidden gems to famous landmarks, all with your favorite local. Travel back in time to the feudal era by visiting the Higashiyama Area and tour the famous Nijo Castle, built for the first shogun of the Edo period. Get up-close with Kyoto’s heritage at the Yasaka Pagoda and discover a folk faith connected to monkeys then explore the Kiyomizu Temple, a revered world heritage site. Witness and participate in age-old rituals by sipping from a holy stream. Quench your thirst with some warm Matcha. The local hosts are wonderful storytellers, each one with a different background ranging from arts to history an they are looking forward to showing you their city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.34
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$146.34
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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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$111.53
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$111.53
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Small-Group Kyoto Highlight Walking Tour (Full day)

Small-Group Kyoto Highlight Walking Tour (Full day)

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This is a small group highlight Kyoto Walking Tour. (8 hours) If you join a big group tour, you can't talk with a guide. But this tour is more like a private tour. The maximum is 8 people. (Minimum 2) You can talk with a local professional guide easily. You can choose the course from the West or East. *Tue, Thu, Sun only【East Kyoto Highlight course】 9:00 Meetup in JR Kyoto Station < Fushimi Inari Shrine (Thousand gates) < Sanjusangen-do (Temple with 1001 Kannon Buddha) < Lunch Time < Kiyomizudera Temple and its area < Gion District (Geisha area) 17:00 Finish *Mon, Wed, Sat only【West Kyoto Highlight course】 9:00 Meetup in JR Kyoto Station < Arashiyama Area (Bamboo forest, Togetsukyo Bridge) < Ryoanji Temple (Famous Rock garden) < Lunch Time < Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion) < Nijo-jo Castle 17:00 Finish **Caution** 1. The transportation fee, entrance fee, Lunch is NOT included in the price. 2. We can organize a tour over 2 people. If you are a solo, we need to cancel the tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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$125.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.25
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$92.25
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Private Nijo Castle Sightseeing and Nishiki Food Tour

Private Nijo Castle Sightseeing and Nishiki Food Tour

This is a Nishiki market private tour using public transportation. The destinations of the tour includes Nishiki market, Nijyo castle and Kyoto imperial palace. Let's try many kinds of seafood and traditional Japanese food while learning from the professional guide about the history of Nishiki market! Take a tour to eat and drink like locals! As an example, there are shops such as Hedgehog wharf, sea urchin, fried fish cake, hamo(pike conger) , Japanese-style egg omelet and more. Meal charges are not included in this tour fee. The average food and drink price per person at Nishiki market is 3,000 yen to 4,000 yen.Depending on the menu you choose, these charges will change. Choose what you like and eat a lot at Nishiki market! After eating, enjoy the ancient buildings and the history about them. For details of the destination, you can look at the what to expect, inclusions and excursions section of this web page.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$162.85
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$162.85
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KYOTO & NARA by Minivan Toyota COMMUTER Customize Your Itinerary

KYOTO & NARA by Minivan Toyota COMMUTER Customize Your Itinerary

Private VIP Tour in KYOTO & NARA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Minivan Toyota COMMUTER and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in KYOTO & NARA >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the van. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***Extra 1 ~ 2 hours will be given for free only in case of heavy traffic jam and unexpected delay(s). ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,066.77
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Should I book Nijo-jo Castle tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Nijo-jo Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Nijo-jo Castle 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Nijo-jo Castle costs USD 9.05. Guided Nijo-jo Castle tours start around USD 9.05 per person.
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