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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour provided by Japan Wonder Travel

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour
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Tour snapshot
Have more flexibility with a private tour
Duration:
2–8 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    2–8 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Benefit from a private sightseeing tour of Kyoto that is customized to your interests with a half-day or full-day itinerary. Have the option to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) and Nijo Castle, see Fushimi Inari Shrine, or discover another side of Kyoto off the beaten path. Hotel pickup is included, drop-off is provided at your preferred location.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days 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.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Personalize your itinerary with help from your guide
  • Ideal for first-time visitors
  • Hear live commentary from your guide
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days 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.
Highlights
  • Personalize your itinerary with help from your guide
  • Ideal for first-time visitors
  • Hear live commentary from your guide
What to expect
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21490P11
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional, local guide
  • Hotel pickup (drop-off to preferred location)
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees to temples (for yourself and guide)
  • Lunch fee (for yourself and guide)
  • Transportation fee (for yourself and guide)
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
  • Entry/Admission - Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Gion
  • Entry/Admission - Ryoanji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Sanjusangendo Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Ginkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Tenryuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Monkey Park Iwatayama
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Tofuku-ji Temple
Duration
2–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller 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 ------------------------------ 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 --------------------------------- 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • 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 travellers 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
Inclusions
  • Professional, local guide
  • Hotel pickup (drop-off to preferred location)
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees to temples (for yourself and guide)
  • Lunch fee (for yourself and guide)
  • Transportation fee (for yourself and guide)
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
  • Entry/Admission - Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Gion
  • Entry/Admission - Ryoanji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Sanjusangendo Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Ginkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Tenryuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Monkey Park Iwatayama
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Tofuku-ji Temple
Departure details
  • Traveller 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 ------------------------------ 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 --------------------------------- 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
2–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 17 Jun 2020
A note from Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour
Regular temperature checks for travelers.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Kinkakuji Temple
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 5
    Gion
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 6
    Bamboo Forest Street
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Ryoanji Temple
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 8
    Sanjusangendo Temple
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 9
    Ginkakuji Temple
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 10
    Nishiki Market Shopping District
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
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Michelle M
Saint Louis, MO2 contributions
Feb 2020
My brother and I scheduled a half day private walking tour our first full day visiting Kyoto. Our guide was Miho - she was absolutely wonderful! Very knowledgeable about the area & did a great job fitting in many stops without making our day feel rushed. Throughout the day she also gave us tips on good restaurants to try, how to use the public transportation (subway & buses very popular), other sights that were must see & local shopping. It was the perfect way to start our time in Kyoto & her recommendations made the rest of our time there very enjoyable.
Written 22 July 2020
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Mere
3 contributions
Sep 2019
I 1000% endorse a private custom walking tour with Japan Wonder Travel. They worked with us over email to accommodate our schedule and preferences and clearly communicating how/when we would meet our guide....

Our guide Ellie was WONDERFUL. She was a local, extremely knowledgeable, a clear guide, helpful navigator, and patient photo-taker :) Ellie did a great job giving as much or little context as we needed/wanted to appreciate in a given stop, and she patiently and thoroughly answered all our questions about anything and everything - sites, the city, cultural customs, etc. Wandering a food market was especially helpful; she was able to explain what we were looking at, what was good and what less so, so that for the rest of our trip, we actually knew what we were getting. She also taught us how to use the bus and metro!

I strongly suggest doing this tour early in your trip! Learn about food, customs, language, transportation, and more early on, so you can thrive the rest of your time in Japan. This was our most memorable and favorite day of the whole trip.
Written 13 May 2020
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IanLP59
Southampton, UK34 contributions
Mar 2020
Our guide for the day, Ellie, was excellent in every way. Her English is very good and her enthusiasm, knowledge and ability to communicate all of this to us was exceptional. We covered a range of historical sites which included detailed and highly interesting explanations of practices and traditions as well as a wealth of background and historical information that we otherwise would have been ignorant of. Ellie is more than prepared to tailor your tour to your specific needs. We would both throughly recommend this tour to any one contemplating visiting Kyoto. Incidentally, wherever we go, we always tend to book a private tour, usually a walking one, regardless of expense. Travelling is pricey anyway, so to us it makes total sense to invest a little extra to get the most our of the travel experience. Finally, our rapport with ellie during the tour was such that we were both genuinly sorry to have to say goodbye...
Written 11 March 2020
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kateZ7699QY
Boston, MA1 contribution
Feb 2020
Our tour guide, Risako, was terrific: smart, engaging, thorough, and funny. When we gave her a list of sites that we wanted to see, she composed a well-paced itinerary. Throughout our half day tour, she provided us with great information on the history and significance of the 4 sites we visited. I would gladly visit Kyoto again and would love to have her give another tour of the city.
Written 13 February 2020
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Kenzie W
6 contributions
Jan 2020
I had a fantastic tour with Ellie. She tailored my tour to exactly what I wanted—a mix of historical sites and city areas. Ellie was super helpful in explaining to me common practices and traditions at the temples and shrines we visited. When we walked around Kyoto, she knew the perfect shops to take me into to buy souvenirs, sample different foods, and shop. The best tour I've been on and would highly recommend.
Written 23 January 2020
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SGnomads09
Sydney, Australia22 contributions
Our family of 4 with kids 9 and 11 spent a wonderful 4 hours with Mika early on a Saturday morning. A true Kyoto born local who lives here and speaks very good English.
We were keen to see some popular sights like Fushimi Inari and the Bamboo forest but the rest was pretty flexible and Mika san planned our morning amazingly. From the train journey to the walking route and stops along the way to explain Japanese and Kyoto local customs as well as the nice lunch stop in Arashiyama for Udon. The boys are generally restless after an hour but Mika san kept us all very informed and the kids very engaged the whole morning that we felt very sad to say goodbye after lunch. Mika san also give us some good tips of where to go after our tour and our onward journey to Osaka. Highly recommended and especially Mika san.. we’ve had some private tours and guides before but she was truly friendly and we felt very comfortable from the first few moments and felt like we were leaving a dear friend by the end of the tour.
Written 18 January 2020
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Pablo Zarco
Cordoba, Spain2 contributions
Jan 2020
We had a great time with Ellie @ Japan Wonder Travel walking around Kyoto. Ellie was very nice all the time, with a good English and she accommodated all our requests and questions. We enjoyed it very much !!!!
Written 13 January 2020
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Barbara S
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
Dec 2019
Ellie was terrific. The whole company experience was great and I recommend them highly. Excellence from start (emailing) to finish.
Written 10 January 2020
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Robert B
Miami, FL8 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Our group of 11 was well taken care of by our guide Akiko-san and driver. We were so large of a group it made sense for us to have Japan Tours arrange for our own transport. we went to so many places honestly i cant remember them all. We did get an early start though which was a plus because many of the traditional sites get very busy as the day wear's on. Honestly, i really wouldn't tour without a guide because i have found then I am simply looking at buildings and not understanding what i am seeing. Aki was very helpful in explaining in great detail not only the back stories of the major shrines and attractions but as important she also told us the little stories about some of the smaller shrines which people are just walking by. It was a great way to see and appreciate many of the wonderful sightseeing locations that Kyoto has to offer and i would therefore highly recommend them.
Written 9 January 2020
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Richard E
Toronto, Canada72 contributions
Jan 2020
I was in Japan to see my new Grandson. I wanted to give them a break from being with me, and also get some great pictures of Japan! I had an idea of places to go, and at the top of the list was Kyoto and Himeji Castle. My problem was time, and figuring out how to not wast it. I also love history as well as wanting to get some great pictures.

I had kind of left it to the last minute realizing I would not make it to all the sites I wanted to see on my own. I pulled out my computer, went to Tripadvisor, and clicked on Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour, to see if they could pull off a full-day private tour for me, with only 2 days left in Kyoto during the Christmas Holidays!

They got back to me right away asked what I was looking to see, found a great guide who met my need to give me history as well as photo moments.

Yasuna, was waiting for me in the hotel lobby at 9:00 am as promised, we made introductions, and she asked me to be sure, what I wanted to get out of the day, and off we went to the first stop. She gave me great advice on where to get the best pictures. Complete history on locations was easy to talk with and managed to get me to our list of locations and avoid the masses of other tourists as much as possible, which I could NEVER have done on my own, not to mention covering that many locations in one day.

For the bamboo forest, I had read a post which said there was another forest just as nice at another Shrine, Yasuna disagreed but said the shrine mentioned was very beautiful on its own, but the well-known Bamboo forest was better for a photo, but it was crowded, we could work it out though. Yasuna was right, the other shrine was beautiful and great historically. But there was a big difference between the bamboo forests. and not a far walk from each other. (again, on my own, I would have missed the experience) as busy as the real bamboo forest was, she did manage to get a picture of me as if there was no one else around! I got literally hundreds of great pictures and learned a lot about the locations we visited!

Thank you all for a great visit to Kyoto!
Written 8 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Great tour for foodies.
Our tour with Japan Wonder Travel was excellent. We did the Kyoto Food Walking Tour in Nishiki Market and Gion wit
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Walking Tour in Kyoto
Yasuna was an excellent tour guide in Kyoto. We got to try unique foods, and she provided lots of interesting infor
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Great walking food tour around Saga-Arashiyama area
Very good walking tour around the Saga-Arashiyama area. Very beautiful area with lots of nature, history, and great
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Fun way to sample Tokyo highlights online
Nino, our tour guide was so lovely and made the virtual tour very personal for my son and I, as it was his birthday
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Fabulous taster of Kyoto highlights
This is the perfect tour for anyone who knows nothing about Japan and wants to know more about Kyoto in particular.
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Good summery of Kyoto sightseeing spots
Thank you very much for your informative virtual tour! I think this virtual tour is a great opportunity for everyon
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A special tour to discover Kyoto online
Through this tour, I not only visit many famous places, but also learn a lot about Japanese culture. If you never v
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Okini Haru-san we had a great time. 😁💯🙏
Haru-san was very friendly and great to talk to. Haru was very interactive asking lots of questions to see what we
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Great way to prepare your trip to Kyoto
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An amazing experience visiting Kyoto online
A delightful tour to Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. Started from a traditional Japanese style breakfast (a v
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Great experience
Thank you very much for Miss Haru for her detailed explanation of Kyoto in this virtual tour. In this tour, I learn
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Eye-opening tour of Kyoto
I really enjoyed this tour. My favorite part undoubtedly was fushimi inari taisha. This tour was well-organized an
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A charming tour of Kyoto from home!
What a treat! Taking a virtual tour of Kyoto when I'm stuck at home was perfect! Haru-san, like a maiko, was charmi
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Virtual Vicarious Locals Trip
Simply a great online tour! My guide, Haru-san, was very funny and knowledgeable and did a great job of leading us
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Nice trip through Zoom
I really enjoyed this virtual trip!! Nice conversation!! I'm sure you will have fun with her!! You can ask her anyt
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