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Tenryu-ji Temple Tours

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Tenryu-ji Temple
Located in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, Tenryu-ji Temple is one of the five great temples of Kyoto. Make a stop at this sprawling Zen temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates from the 14th century, to experience its traditional Japanese landscape garden.
 
The Basics
While the temple—originally founded in 1399—and its buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt several times, the garden dates from its founding. Walk the garden, designed by landscape architect Muso Soseki, to enjoy its large central pond surrounded by rocks and trees. Soseki's design takes advantage of the “borrowed scenery” of nearby mountains for extra depth. The temple complex comprises several buildings, including the Dharma Hall, home to the Cloud-Dragon painting.
 
Tenryu-ji Temple, a popular tourist attraction, features on numerous Kyoto sightseeing tours, alongside other area attractions such as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Kyoto highlights, such as Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, or Kinkaku-ji Temple.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There are separate fees for the garden, temple buildings, and Dharma Hall.
  • The on-site vegetarian restaurant is Michelin-rated.
  • Parts of the temple grounds are wheelchair accessible, and a route map for wheelchair users is available.
 
How to Get There
Tenryu-ji is easily accessible by public transportation. It’s about a 5-minute walk from  Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Line; about a 10-minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station on the Sagano Line; and about a 15-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Line. Alternatively, take city bus Nos. 11, 28, 61, 72, 83, or 93 to Arashiyama Tenryu-ji mae bus stop.
 
When to Get There
The temple is open daily, year-round, with slightly longer hours between April and October. Dharma Hall is only open on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and certain periods in spring and fall. The temple and gardens are particularly scenic in spring, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, and in autumn, for the fall colors.
 
Nearby Attractions
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is located next to the Tenryu-ji Temple. A number of other attractions are nearby, including Togetsukyo Bridge, Nonomiya Shrine, Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama, Horin-ji Temple, Jojakko-ji Temple, and Adashino Nenbutsu Temple.
Address: Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

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This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. Save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. Travel in an air-conditioned coach for a hassle-free day. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$141.09
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$141.09
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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
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$157.00
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Kyoto Arashiyama Insider Walking Tour

Kyoto Arashiyama Insider Walking Tour

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-Immerse yourself in solitude in the mesmerizing nature of Arashiyama. Saga-Toriimoto district is a national preservation district where you feel like you are stepping into the past. Our local guide will explain the history and culture of the area. -Visit the world famous, must-visit bamboo grove and Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO world heritage and immerse yourself in it's rich history. Afterwards we will enter through more well-known spots in Saga-Arashiyama, visiting UNESCO world heritage temples and the very famous bamboo grove. -Indulge in an authentically traditional meal, and learn with your palate the rich food culture of Kyoto. After walking and visiting the temple, you must be ready for lunch! let's have beautiful Kyoto-style lunch! 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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  • 4 hours
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Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour

Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour

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Spend some time getting acquainted with the food and culture of two historically important and beautiful districts of Kyoto on this guided walking tour. Stroll over the ninth-century Togetsukyo bridge and make stops to sample local snacks. After a visit to the 14th-century Tenryu-ji temple, head to a beautiful bamboo garden and indulge in some traditional Japanese sweets. This tour of Arashiyama and Sagano is a great way to get to know Kyoto.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Kyoto Arashiyama & Golden Pavilion One day Fulfilling Tour

Kyoto Arashiyama & Golden Pavilion One day Fulfilling Tour

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In this tour, you will enjoy Japanese nature including animals and landscape at the foot of Mt. Arashiyama which is located on the west side of Kyoto and famous for its scenic beauty. Once this district was open only to the nobles. Located not so far from central Kyoto, this natural environment has been very well maintained up to the present day. That’s why you can interact with wild monkeys very closely. In the afternoon, you will visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji Temple), one of the most famous Zen temples in Japan that you won’t forget for the rest of your life.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Free Choice of Itineraries Kyoto Private Tour

Free Choice of Itineraries Kyoto Private Tour

This is a guided private custom Kyoto tour using by chartered taxi. Pick up at a hotel in Kyoto city. For the tour destination, choose four places where you are interested in Kyoto from the list below for your tour! Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple,Tenryuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the 4 tourist sites you want to visit. The price for the displayed tour does not include the charter car fares. The fares is 55000 yen on average. However, it changes with the parking lot and toll road to use on the day. Charter fares will be charged on the day of the tour. For details of the tour, you can look at inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Kyoto Arashiyama Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Kyoto Arashiyama Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Experience a more natural, idyllic, side of Japan during this 4-hour private excursion to the Arashiyama area in western Kyoto. Climb aboard your chartered limo, van or bus for an exploration of Arashiyama attractions like the historic Tenryu Temple, picturesque Togetsukyo Bridge and the tranquil Sagano Bamboo Groves. Best of all this trip is easily customized, allowing you to pick the attractions and itinerary that best meet your interests. A driver, round-trip transport from central Kyoto and private vehicle are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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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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Kyoto Full-Day Private Tour by Public Transportation

Kyoto Full-Day Private Tour by Public Transportation

You can enjoy a guided sightseeing tour only with your family and friends. This is a Kyoto tour using by public transportation. The destinations of the tour includes Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 8 hours
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$190.81
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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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Kyoto Stunning Japanese Gardens Tour

Kyoto Stunning Japanese Gardens Tour

Kyoto is the best known sightseeing spot in Japan. As it was the old capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, it offers plenty of fabulous things to see such as venerated temples, shrines, Geisha and Uji matcha town. One thing we strongly recommend is to visit traditional Japanese gardens which are acknowledged and admired throughout the world. Some of them beautifully harmonize with the surroundings and others provide space to indulge in meditation. Here we offer a one-day tour introducing splendid gardens in Kyoto including Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$147.39
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour in Kyoto, Arashiyama: Temple and Nature

Full-Day Private Guided Tour in Kyoto, Arashiyama: Temple and Nature

In this tour, we will visit Arashiyama district in Kyoto and discover its different sides: history, nature and city. We will walk a while and climb a mount. I hope you like to hike. Old town, temple and nature with bamboo forest then monkeys. You will have everything!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Discover your Kyoto -Kyoto Walking Tour-

Discover your Kyoto -Kyoto Walking Tour-

In a day you will be able to visit the historical places of Kyoto. Kyoto has a different atmosphere from Tokyo and you can feel it by the historical vibes and the local people. Come and discovery Kyoto for its beauty with this tour, we are sure that it will be a travel you won't forget. Spots to visit 1.Nijo Castle A UNESCO World Hertiage Site, Nijo Castle was castle that was built for the first shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu who ruled Japan from 1603-1616. 2.Kinkakuji A Zen Temple whose top two floor is covered in gold leaf overlooking a large pond. Though its standing majestically now, this temple has been burned numerous time in the past. 3.Arashiyama A popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto, the biggest reason for its popularity is due to the beautiful scenery that changes by the season. 4.Tenryuji Temple/Bamboo Forest Here in this mesmerizing forest is the Tenryuji Temple, a temple which was originally built in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$210.94
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Private guide one day tour in Kyoto

Private guide one day tour in Kyoto

The tourist spots popular with foreign tourists were listed. Although it is a tour using public transport, taxis are also available upon request. After taking a walk through the Tenryu Temple Garden, you will take a walk through Takebayashi, which is popular among foreign tourists. Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine will guide you at the top of Inariyama upon request.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$251.95
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Exploring Kyoto - (Rakusei) Northwest

Exploring Kyoto - (Rakusei) Northwest

Delve into the top sights of Kyoto’s northwest (Rakusei) and central regions on this comprehensive private tour. Exploring the city with a guide saves you time navigating and researching, and it’s a great way to learn about Japanese history and culture. Top sights you’ll visit include Tenryu-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Imperial Palace.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$277.55
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Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Small Group)

Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Small Group)

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Get away from the crowds and spend a wonderful day in Arashiyama which will undoubtedly stand out in your mind as you think back to your time here in Kyoto. With a small group of 7 members or less you are ensured an authentic and intimate experience. We begin with a morning stroll through the lush garden of one of Japan’s first Zen temples dating back over 1,000 years. We then head into the foothills and as we peacefully stroll back to town we visit twelve hundred stone Buddhas on a hillside, an Edo period cafe, an ancient burial ground, a temple founded by two former geisha, a working pottery studio, the villa of a silent film actor, a majestic bamboo grove, and the "shrine of love'. All this as we browse shops filled with handmade goods and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Important Note: Each guest is required to bring an additional 5,500 yen (cash) for admission tickets and lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.61
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Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Private)

Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Private)

Get away from the crowds and spend a wonderful day in Arashiyama which will undoubtedly stand out in your mind as you think back to your time here in Kyoto. We begin with a relaxing morning stroll through the lush garden of one of Japan’s first Zen temples dating back over 1,000 years. We then head into the foothills and as we peacefully stroll back to town we visit twelve hundred stone Buddhas on a hillside, an Edo period cafe, an ancient burial ground, a temple founded by two former geisha, a working pottery studio, the villa of a silent film actor, a majestic bamboo grove, and the "shrine of love'. All this as we browse shops filled with handmade goods and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Important Note: Each guest is required to bring an additional 5,500 yen (cash) for admission tickets and lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$463.58
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$463.58
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Private Early Bird Tour of Kyoto!

Private Early Bird Tour of Kyoto!

Discover Kyoto at it's most magical hour as the sun rises over Japan's historic treasure of a city. Take a magical walk through the thousands of red gates at Fushimi Inari shrine and visit a nearly empty temple, then onto the bamboo grove. This experience is perfect for those who naturally rise in the early morning, or for those who just want to have a unique experience and don't mind getting up early for it. It can also be an amazing way to take advantage of your jet lag! Along the way, we give you insights about Buddhism, Japanese garden design, history and more. We are also happy to help you with any questions you have about Kyoto or Japan and can even help you plan your days ahead. Beat the crowds on the Original Early Bird Tour of Kyoto.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.56
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$201.56

Private Tour - 1Day Chill-Out Tour in a Holiday Home Area in Kyoto

Private Tour - 1Day Chill-Out Tour in a Holiday Home Area in Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto had been the holiday villa area for the authorities for more than a thousand years. Don’t miss the iconic spots such as the famous bridge: “Togetsukyo Bridge” and the bamboo grove! Those who have visited Kyoto once have surely visited those two spots. Many photographers across the world come to the path in the bamboo grove to take beautiful pictures and there is a new photogenic spot where you can take pictures against a kimono pattern which you should visit! Have a matcha parfait which is said to be the best in Kyoto at the last spot of this tour and make it an unforgettable tour! Don’t forget to book your tour to visit Kyoto-ish spots!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.65
From
$132.65
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The Original Early Bird Tour of Kyoto.

The Original Early Bird Tour of Kyoto.

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Discover Kyoto at it's most magical hour as the sun rises over Japan's historic treasure of a city. Take a magical walk through the thousands of red gates at Fushimi Inari shrine and visit a nearly empty temple, then onto the bamboo grove. This experience is perfect for those who naturally rise in the early morning, or for those who just want to have a unique experience and don't mind getting up early for it. It can also be an amazing way to take advantage of your jet lag! Along the way, we give you insights about Buddhism, Japanese garden design, history and more. We are also happy to help you with any questions you have about Kyoto or Japan and can even help you plan your days ahead. Beat the crowds on the Original Early Bird Tour of Kyoto.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.17
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$151.17

Kyoto one day tour. Beautiful historical monuments and casual foods

Kyoto one day tour. Beautiful historical monuments and casual foods

1.Traditional beauty Golden temple date back to 13th century, bamboo forest stunning spots, Fushimi inari vermilion shrine. 2.Taste local food Nishiki food market and Teramachi shopping arcade.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.95
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From
$251.95
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Full Day Kyoto Chartered Taxi Tour

Full Day Kyoto Chartered Taxi Tour

This is a guided private custom Kyoto tour using by chartered taxi. Pick up at a hotel in Kyoto city. For the tour destination, choose four places where you are interested in Kyoto from the list below for your tour! Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple,Tenryuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the 4 tourist sites you want to visit. The price for the displayed tour does not include the charter car fares. The fares is 40000 yen on average. However, it changes with the parking lot and toll road to use on the day. Charter fares will be charged on the day of the tour. For details of the tour, you can look at inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$260.20
Price varies by group size
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$260.20
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The Kyoto VIP Experience!

The Kyoto VIP Experience!

A fully customized experience for those who are used to the best of the very best. We go out of our way to make your day in Kyoto a very special one indeed. The itinerary in the description is just an idea. Upon booking, you will receive a questionnaire and then once we learn what really makes you tick as a traveller we get to work on planning the perfect day for you and those special to you.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$423.27
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$423.27

Kyoto One day Trip - Visiting Arashiyama & Kinkakuji , Tea ceremony (option)

Kyoto One day Trip - Visiting Arashiyama & Kinkakuji , Tea ceremony (option)

1200 years ago, Kyoto became the capital of Japan and the Heian period is started where the aristocratic culture was bloomed. Since then, Arashiyama was started to be developped as the village of elegance because the aristocracy has chosen to build their villa and for strolling in this place. It has been only a suburb of the capital, but by the murmur of the stream of Katsuragawa river from the Hozukyo vally, and riches of the nature of all land, the aristocracy were fascinated and they have chosen this place as the most favorable place for building the temples to be concentrated in the stillness. Today, it is one of the best place of Kyoto loved by tourists, where you find today many souvenir shops and cafés, and it is a wonderful place for having many activities which allow the interesting experiences of the culture, and also for finding the beautiful nature of each season and off course, it is a good place for visiting the temples.
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  • 8 hours
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$298.43
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$298.43
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