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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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Kyoto, Japan

From $157.00 per group (up to 6)

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To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Please consult government travel advisories before booking. The WHO is closely monitoring the coronavirus and more information can be found here.

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icon2 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Private tour of Kyoto with optional half-day or full-day itinerary
  • Customize the itinerary according to personal interests
  • Tick off Kyoto highlights including the Golden Pavilion, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Kiyomizu area, Gion
  • Entrance fees, transportation fees and lunch (you & guide) are not included
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Professional, local guide
Hotel pickup (drop-off to preferred location)
Private tour
Entrance fees to temples (for yourself and guide)
Lunch fee (for yourself and guide)
Transportation fee (for yourself and guide)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
[Meetup]
Please let us know your hotel for arranging your meetup with the guide.
You can meet the guide at your hotel.
Without it, we will change your meetup point as Kyoto Station
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If you stay in Airbnb, send us the followings.
-Address
-Building name *if it has specific name
-Document about the access to the building *Most of Airbnb host provides it
-Photo of the outlooks of the building
In Japan, address is not enough information to specify where your Airbnb is.
That's why we require those information.
If you could not provide any document about access, photo of the building, or building name, we will arrange your meetup somewhere to meet up more easily
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If we could not have your hotel name or airbnb information 3 days before your tour day, we will arrange your meetup at Kyoto Station.

At a time prearranged with your guide, launch straight into a discussion of your upcoming itinerary and inform your guide of attractions and areas that capture your attention.

Depending on what sparks your interest, you’ll visit select Kyoto sites: if you’re a foodie, discover the culinary wonderland of Nishiki Food Market; history buffs will love the 8th-century Kiyomizu Temple while fans of modern architecture will be blown away by Kyoto Station.

Other Kyoto highlights include the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), a three-storey pagoda that floats on a forest-shrouded lake, and Nijo Castle, with its spectacular artworks and gold leaf ceilings.

However you decide to spend your day, your tour concludes with drop-off at your preferred location.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kinkakuji Temple
Visit 1st place where you request
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Visit Second Place where you request
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
Have a lunch on the route of your itinerary
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Visit 3rd place where you requested
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Gion
Visit 4th place where you requested
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Bamboo Forest Street
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ryoanji Temple
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Sanjusangendo Temple
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ginkakuji Temple
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Nishiki Market Shopping District
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nijo Castle
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Pontocho District
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Stop At:  
Tenryuji Temple
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Kyoto Imperial Palace
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Philosopher's Walk
If you want to visit here, you can customize the itinerary. Please feel free to let us know.
Stop At:  
Monkey Park Iwatayama
We could include Monkey park in our customized itinerary. Please let us know if you are interested in.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Nijo Castle
We could include Nijo castle in our customized itinerary. Please let us know if you are interested in.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Tofuku-ji Temple
We could include Tofukuji temple in our customized itinerary. Please let us know if you are interested in.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This is a walking tour. We don't use a private van. We take a public transportation during the tour. That cost is not included and depending on your destination and hotel.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please provide your hotel information. Without it, we could not arrange your meetup.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Japan Wonder Travel

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour.

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Family trip
Yeeling W
, Oct 2019
Had a great 2 day tour with Yasuna! She was very patient with us (a mixed group of varying fitness levels: an elderly granddad of 80+ and a young kid of 8). Loved seeing Ryoanji.
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Wonderful Experience!
LosAngelestravelor
, Oct 2019
Our walking tour with Elle was spectacular! Her knowledge of all the places we visited was impeccable. She is friendly and made our experience so very pleasant. I would recommend anyone visiting Kyoto to schedule with Elle!
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Good tour to get acquainted you have limited time.
happy3659
, Sep 2019
Great guide with excellent English and very accommodating. Met us on time and took us where we wanted to go.
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An Amazing & joyful experience
Sin128
, Aug 2019
27 July 2019, though it was a rainy day, this 4.5 hour trip was pleasant and memorable. My guide, Kaori San, was very knowledgable and planned well so that I could go and see the places that I enjoyed very much. The temples and shrines in Kyoto were beautiful. That was a very joyful afternoon. Many thanks to Kaori San. I highly recommend this tour.
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Wonderful 1-day tour of Kyoto
wongabe
, Jul 2019
This tour was a great way to see some of the main sites of Kyoto. Our guide Aki was fantastic - knowledgeable, spoke fluent English, and very accommodating on this tour. Your guide will suggest what sites to see on your tour - with rule of thumb being 4 different attractions/sites. I would highly recommend this tour, and our guide Aki!
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Wonderful time
Trail11933464328
, Apr 2019
Very informative and enjoyable tour of Kyoto. The tour guide, Yasuna, was excellent and tailored the experience to our preferences. Walking around the city with a local gave me a better appreciate for the place, would highly recommend.
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We learned so much from Keiko, our...
Hannah R
, Sep 2018
We learned so much from Keiko, our guide! She was excellent. She had a lot of knowledge about history and culture and she worked with us to cater the tour to our interest. She was very flexible and let us adjust our schedule midway through the tour. She gave us many recommendations of food and things to do after the tour finished. She even walked us to her recommended sushi restaurant for lunch. She helped us to get a table and get situated! She also followed up with an email of her recommendations. The tour was great and was made even better because Keiko was so nice, informative, and helpful.
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Best guide ever! Yumiko really...
Angela Chargois N
, Mar 2018
Best guide ever! Yumiko really brought our Kyoto tour to life with details and stories and context. My husband and I highly recommend doing a tour with Yumiko. She's fun, funny, kind and knowledgeable. You won't be disappointed!
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We enjoyed the full day tour. With 2...
Sabrina W
, Jan 2018
We enjoyed the full day tour. With 2 young kids, our guide Naomi was able to plan the tour according to their pace. Would have been nicer if we had booked the tour for more than 1 day. : Will book a similar tour if we were to go back to kyoto again.
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We had the exceptional tour. We...
geohedz
, Apr 2017
We had the exceptional tour. We enjoyed and appreciates every places that we've been.. our walking was great also with our tour guide Mr. Kenji Matsuyama. He was very helpful and very accommodating to us. A very knowledgeable person, very detailed explanation about the temples, shrine and all the places we visited. The only thing that kind of disappoint us was not a lot of cherry blossoms. We would like to really experience it. Well, I guess better luck next time. Overall rating was excellent. I would definitely recommend Viator and our tour guide Mr. Kenji Matsuyama to all my friends. Thank you very much.
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