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Kyoto Early Bird Tour

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Kyoto, Japan

From $131.89

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icon5 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Kyoto is one of Japan’s most popular travel destinations and with over 50 million annual visitors, it can get busy. This tour makes an early start so you can avoid the crowds and cram much more into your day. Stroll around the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before the tour groups arrive, visit Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) right as it opens, and walk through the torii gates of Fushimi Inari (Shrine) before the midday heat.
  • Guided visits to three top Kyoto attractions
  • Early-morning departure to avoid the crowds
  • Stunning views of Kinkaku-ji temple in the morning light
  • Finishes before midday so your afternoon is free
Guide fee
Admission fees. 400yen@Kinkaku-ji Temple
Drink and Food
Transportation fare. 760 yen for JR Lines, 460 yen for City Bus

Departure Point

Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Animals or pets allowed
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Not recommended for people with heart conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • comfortable shoes for walking; quite a bit of walking required
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY KAMNAVI Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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 Early Bird 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Early Bird Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kyoto Early Bird Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Early Bird Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kyoto Early Bird Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Early Bird Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kyoto Early Bird Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Early Bird Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "Going early morning is really worth the effort to escape the crowds to really appreciate the majesty of these amazing landmarks and their history." See review
  • "The early start is the way to go when visiting tourist spots." See review
  • "And earlier is definitely better as the crowds got larger as the morning went on!" See review

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Excellent Early morning Kyoto tour
Terry_T
, Mar 2020
Kiyomi was excellent guide. She is such a sweet helpful person. We learned so much about the sites we visited. I highly recommend the tour and especially Kiyomi
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you very much for your kind review and for joining our tour! We are happy to know that you learned about Japanese culture and enjoyed the tour.
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Excellent tour
Xuanji
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour with our guide Koichi Wasa. He was so amazing and taught us so much about Japanese culture in addition to showing us the sites.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Great to know that you enjoyed the tour with Koichi! Thanks so much for booking with us and for taking the time to write a review.
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Kyoto in the morning
cslee57
, Feb 2020
Sackicho was very informative and gave us inside information about the sites we visited. We enjoyed the tour and will recommend this trip to our friends
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We are very happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for choosing us and for writing a review!
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Early bird tour is the way to go - especially if you are jet-lagged!
mortecarla
, Jan 2020
Great tour. I recommend doing while you are still jet-lagged as you will be up early regardless. We went to Fushimi Inari first and it was nice to experience this beautiful shrine in its true essence without the selfie/instagram crowd. Unfortunately, by the time we got to Bamboo Forrest, the area was overwhelmingly crowded with tourists. Lucy was great. She spoke perfect English and was a lovely guide to spend the day with. Our only complaint is that the tour operator did not tell us to bring our JR pass on this tour and we ended up having to spend additional money on top of the JR pass we already paid for.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you very much for booking with us and for taking the time to write a review! At least you could enjoy one site of these very popular sites without the crowds. It is mentioned in the tour itinerary that JR passes can be used for part of the transfers, but we will tell travelers one more time from now on. Thank you for your valuable comment!
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One of this highlights of our trip!
brianparel
, Jan 2020
Sachiko was an amazing tour guide. Meet up was easy and the day was an amazing experience for my wife and I. We took many free tours on this trip to Japan, but it was worthwhile paying to have a tour guide for this day in Kyoto.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Very glad to know that you enjoyed your day with Sachiko! The long history and distinct culture of Kyoto can be appreciated more with good information. Thank you for choosing us and for writing a review!
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Highly Recommend
Jessica M
, Jan 2020
Our tour with Koichi Wasa exceeded my expectations. He was very knowledgeable about all of the sites that we visited, shared great stories and gave us a very warm reception in Kyoto.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We're happy to know that Koichi entertained you with his knowledge and humor. Thanks for choosing Kamnavi Tours and for taking the time to write this review!
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Golden Temple
craigbeuzeville
, Jan 2020
We recently did a tour in Kyoto with Kiyomi, she was very helpful and informative and a beautiful person
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for booking with us and for writing a review! Great to know that you enjoyed the tour.
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Excellent tour in Kyoto with our guide Meg
brabcovamilada
, Dec 2019
With my mother we booked an Early Bird Tour in Kyoto. It was really great decision we made. Thanks to that we visited exciting places with the great guide Meg, who provided us with plenty of interesting information during just the half of the day. She also adapted the tempo of the tour to our needs and thanks to her we moved through Kyoto very quickly and could dedicate most of our time to places we wished to see. It was unique experience how to learn more about Japan.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your tour with Meg. She loves to show her beloved Kyoto to visitors. Thank you so much for booking with us and for writing a review!
star-5
Fantastic tour
TravelVolumes
, Nov 2019
Koichiro is one of the best guides we’ve ever had. He was kind and informative and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. He took pictures for us throughout the day and sent them to us, too. What an amazing and personal touch! Plus, he drew several maps to recommended restaurants from our hotel in Kyoto. Couldn’t have asked for a better day!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your day with Koichiro! Thank you for taking our tour and for writing a review! All the best to you.
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Kyoto Early Bird Tour
xeruba
, Nov 2019
We met our guide Tohru, after being sent very clear photos , instructions and information of the meeting point, which was very impressive. Being very knowledgable, he pointed out information that otherwise we would not have not known. Always adapting to a pace suited to whoever he was taking care of, he was always at our side and made sure we didn’t get separated. The early morning tour helped to avoid the crowds and freed up the rest of the day. This tour was perfect to see the most important things in a short space of time. Be prepared to walk a fair bit including public transport in between places, as is the norm in Japan – having said that, it’s not that bad and the route easy, plus the guide does the thinking for you! We saw 3 impressive places, and this tour was our favourite. We also passed a river and then passed many interesting traditional little shops where we saw countless young women in Kimono’s and Rickshaw’s on our way back from Arashiyama Bamboo Grove not far from the train station – time was limited and shopping time not allocated, so we returned the next morning to hang out around the shops and admire this little area- a bonus we would not otherwise have found! Having a tour guide also simplified getting to these places, which was a relief in itself. We would definitely highly recommend this tour.

Product code: 100507P3

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