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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

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Kyoto, Japan

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icon4 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • Customized private tour of Kyoto
  • Create a half-day or full-day sightseeing itinerary with an experienced guide
  • Hear expert commentary on Kyoto’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Visit highlights like Nijo Castle and the Golden Pavilion, or focus your tour on shopping or food
  • Enjoy lunch at a local Japanese restaurant (if full-day tour selected)
  • Get around the city easily via efficient public transport
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Professional English-speaking local guide
Lunch (if "Full-Day" option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off by pub
Public transportation fees
Entrance Fee (up to 4 places in a day tour)
Gratuities
Any additional activity fee
Private car service

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
After hotel pickup, set off to discover Kyoto's many cultural and historical treasures with your knowledgeable guide, using the city’s efficient public transportation system to get around as needed. The full-day tour includes lunch at a local Japanese restaurant.

This customized private tour allows you to build your itinerary around your interests. Perhaps begin with a visit to a few of Kyoto’s many temples and shrines. Reach Fushimi Inari Shrine by train, riding to a wooded mountain on the outskirts of the city. There, stroll past a multitude of bright red torii (sacred gates) that frame the pathways in the forest.

Nijo Castle, a 17th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the residence of Tokugawa shoguns for nearly 300 years. Or tour the Golden Pavilion and exquisite Japanese garden at the enchanting Kinkaku-ji Temple.

If your interests veer more toward shopping or food, your guide can take you to Kyoto’s best spots, including a sake brewery tour and tasting. Let your guide know if you’d like to participate in any additional activities such as a tea ceremony, calligraphy workshop or aikido class, or head off the beaten path with a bike ride through Kyoto’s back streets (each at additional expense).

After your private orientation to Kyoto, your guide accompanies you back to your hotel via public transport.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kinkakuji Temple
After enjoying the breathtaking Golden pavillion, we take a walk in the garden.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nijo Castle
You can walk inside the powerful Shogunate castle with images of samurais in your head.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Walking through many Torii gates, we may be able to get our wish!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sanzen-in Temple
You can find tranquility just sitting in the garden.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ryoanji Temple
After the famous rock garden, we walk around the outside garden which is also very beautiful.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Many places are open for public
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ginkakuji Temple
The beauty of modesty
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Please notify preferred departure time to the operator upon booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear a comfortable pair of shoes
  • Additional activities, such as a tea ceremony, aikido or calligraphy class, etc, can be included in the itinerary, but will be at your own expense
  • Your guide will meet you at your centrally located hotel in Kyoto and leave for sightseeing via public transportation. Private car service is not included in this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Venture

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day?
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 Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Also we took buses and subway, train so very good for me to learn this as I travelled alone the following day to Kinkakuji." See review

Reviews

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Excellent introduction to Kyoto
June W
, Apr 2019
I had corresponded ahead of time as there were some gardens I wanted to see. We started with Daitoku-ji. Then walked philosophers walk among the cherry blossom, noodles for lunch, Ginkakuji, Shinto Shrine with 3000 tori gates, all entrance fees covered, Michael spoke very good English. Also we took buses and subway, train so very good for me to learn this as I travelled alone the following day to Kinkakuji.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you very much for your review June. It was our pleasure to guide you around Kyoto. We are very glad you enjoyed the day and style of experience. Looking forward to see you again, Kind regards
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Too long. Half a day would have been...
Brian C
, Aug 2018
Too long. Half a day would have been better.
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Good overall but wish our guide did explain the history of the places we visited.
Raquel P
, Aug 2018
Our guide was very knowledgeable about Kyoto. We went to see many temples via subway, bus and tram. We did a lot of sightseeing in one day. The only downfall is that our guide did not explain anything when we got to the temples. He would get the brochure and handle it to us. I wish he would explain the history of the sites we were visiting...He took us to a great place for lunch which was included in the price. Public transportation and entrance fees were also covered. The tour was very expensive compared to a similar tour we did in Tokyo through our hotel concierge.
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The guide was extremely...
Monica L
, May 2018
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and very easy to understand. I am very glad that we didn't try to leave navigation between the places we wanted to see up to us as it would have been extremely stressful and taken up more time as we had no clue what we were doing. It was nice to just be able to follow someone that knew exactly where he was going. But he was much more than just a navigator as he did an excellent job at explaining everything about the temple that we visited, introduced us to some local food, offered some suggestions for good photo ops. He had to take quite a few business calls during the day and apologized profusely. I didn't seem to mind as it just allowed me some time to take some photos. I had done some research ahead of time so gave him a list of things that I wanted to do but wasn't sure how far apart they were and if we could fit everything in. We couldn't so he helped us decide our itinerary for the day and did his best to fit in as much as he could. We would have missed so much education and cultural experience had we just gone to the sights ourselves so I highly recommend this private tour to ensure you make the most of your time in Kyoto and optimize your learning experience.
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Our guide was not Japanese, but...
Trip with Mr. Wonderful
, Mar 2018
Our guide was not Japanese, but definitely well versed in all the history, articulate, interesting made the day exactly what we wanted. We are not the average tourist, so he accommodated our itinerary to visit and explore just what we wanted adding in the personal touch of his own experiences of living in Japan.
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We had a great young man as our tour...
GARRETT D
, Dec 2017
We had a great young man as our tour guide. He was prompt at our hotel. He had great command of the English language and was very entertaining. He had great knowledge of the area and knew a lot of the history from the Samurai to the Geisha's. We went to a samurai demonstration and had a great barbeque lunch.
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Tour was great - my guide customised...
Anne W
, Nov 2017
Tour was great - my guide customised it to meet my needs and we saw everything I had hoped to.
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What an amazing experience. A full...
Greg M
, Oct 2017
What an amazing experience. A full on fun day with a wonderful guide by the name of Juraj. We started early and go to the Shrine for some fantastic photos before the crowds rolled in. This was our favourite day of tours in Japan as we saw so much and got some magical photographs. Juraj was so full of information and was so respectful of the Japanese culture.
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Extremely pleased with our guide...
Janice H
, Oct 2017
Extremely pleased with our guide, who really gave us an insiders' look at Kyoto, as well as the must-see sites. He was Slovakian, lived in Kyoto and spoke perfect Japanese. I'm sorry I can't remember his name, but he must be the only Slovakian as such there. If you've got just a day or two to see Kyoto, a private custom tour is the way to go.
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Juraj was very knowledgable on the...
caseysyp
, Apr 2017
Juraj was very knowledgable on the history of the sites we requested and attended, Sanjūsangen-dō, Kiyiomizudera Temple and the Heian Shrine. He went at our pace, and was flexible with the itinerary, and even helped us translate when we decided to do some shopping! He also offered helpful insights and recommendations for the rest of our time in Japan, and went out of his way to escort us all the way to our afternoon activity, staying with us a bit longer the scheduled time. Thanks again Juraj!
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