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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day provided by Venture

Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day
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About
Benefit from a private half- or full-day tour of Kyoto with a customized sightseeing itinerary that suits your interests. Choose to visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed destinations such as Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and Fushimi Inari Shrine, or focus your tour on shopping or food if you like. Your tour allows flexibility to spend more time at favorite places, with public transportation included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Japanese, English
Highlights
  • Includes admission fees to select locations and lunch on full-day tour
  • Hear insightful commentary from your private guide
  • Travel like a local by public transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off provided
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Japanese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Includes admission fees to select locations and lunch on full-day tour
  • Hear insightful commentary from your private guide
  • Travel like a local by public transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off provided
What to expect
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5924KYOCUSTOM_FULL
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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)
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Sanzen-in Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Ryoanji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Ginkakuji Temple
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Any additional activity fee
  • Private car service
Duration
4–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • 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)
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Sanzen-in Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Ryoanji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Ginkakuji Temple
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Any additional activity fee
  • Private car service
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • 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
  • 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: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Nijo Castle
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Sanzen-in Temple
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Ryoanji Temple
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Ginkakuji Temple
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Popular mentions

5.0
11 reviews
Excellent
9
Very good
2
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LachlanDelahunty
Perth, Australia1 contribution
Kyoto
Jan 2020
Kyoto was a fantastic leader. Really personable and his local knowledge for first-class! Really made the overall experience 10/10 from my friends and I. Highly recommend!
Written 23 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
VentureJapan
Thank you for your wonderful comment and review. Kyoto team are really glad to hear that you enjoyed our tour! Please enjoy your next destination. Best regards, Kohei
Written 1 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stephanie S
9 contributions
Brilliant way to see Kyoto!
Sep 2019
My partner and I had a wonderful time on this tour. Having a guide with thorough knowledge of the area let us see the best parts of Kyoto including it's majestic temples and beautiful heritage buildings. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto - it's a total must do!
Written 31 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
VentureJapan
Thank you for your wonderful comment! Kyoto team are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Please enjoy your next destination! Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written 7 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sarah C
Manchester6 contributions
Perfect Kyoto - highly recommend
Jan 2020 • Family
Enjoyed the leader very much - Kohei. Smart and fun and showed us a great part of Kyoto not just the main sites. This was impressive to get back street and local level information and insights. Highly recommend.
Written 21 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We very much appreciate your time for all your 3 great reviews and glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Kyoto too! It was such an honor we spent three tours with you. Please come back to Japan soon to enjoy it even more! Thank you so much again for your kind and warm review! Kindest regards, Venture
Written 27 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tbearly55
Chiyoda, Japan8 contributions
Kyoto Adventure!
We had only one day to see Kyoto. Our guide Kohei did an amazing job! We highly recommend this tour!
Written 2 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
VentureJapan
Thank you Tbearly55 for your review and comment. It was really pleasure to have you on the tour. I hope you had a good time in Kyoto and Tokyo! Please have a nice trip. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written 5 October 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Yvonne P
Brisbane Region, Australia32 contributions
Amazing
Jun 2019
Our driver Ko was an amazing guide. This was a favourite as he took us out of the crazy crowds and showed us the real beauty while still covering the sights listed on the tour. See Photos
Written 9 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your 5 star review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our private tour and please try another tour with us when you come back to Japan. Kind Regards, Venture Team
Written 18 June 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Edward S
Bay Area31 contributions
Rika our guide was great
Dec 2018 • Family
Rika our guide was great even though we had to change our itinerary on the fly during the course of the day. She totally followed our lead in terms of what we were interested in seeing and was patient when we wanted to spend several hours at one particular location.
Written 5 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your review Edward. It was my pleasure to guide you around Kyoto. I am glad you loved the culture and enjoyed the day and style of day. Looking forward to see you again, Kind regards, Rika
Written 7 January 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Melissa C
Merrick, New York3 contributions
Wonderful tour of Kyoto!
Aug 2018
We had a wonderful 8 hour tour led by Miyake! He was extremely knowledgeable and kind! We traveled by train and bus with ease! As it was an extremely hot day, he even accommodated us by using a taxi for one of our transfers to avoid a very long walk to the train station! He took us for lunch at a delicious Japanese buffet which he chose due to my seafood allergy! We saw all the many sights that we requested despite having to deal with a passing storm! Miyake was a terrific guide! We learned so much from him and thanks to him we have amazing memories of this amazing trip!
Written 15 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Elizabeth W
Austin, TX19 contributions
Loved it!
May 2018 • Couples
We loved this tour! It was the perfect way to spend our first day in Kyoto. Our guide Miyake was awesome and very accommodating. My husband doesn't eat seafood so he took special care to make sure our lunch stop would work for us (avoiding seafood in Japan can be kind of difficult!). Highly recommend going with this option to get the most sightseeing in as possible in one day.
Written 30 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Elizabeth, Thank you very much for your time reviewing us and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time with Miyake enough to recommend her and us. Fun and flexibility is something we value so great to read it in your comments. Come back to Japan soon to enjoy it even more of the food and sights! Kind regards from everyone @ Venture
Written 2 June 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

nita102
Mililani, HI3 contributions
Kyoto in 2 half days
May 2018 • Couples
Day 1: Tofukuji → Fushimiinari-shrine → Gion → Hokanji(Yasaka-pagoda) → Ninenzaka
Day 2: Kinkakuji( Golden Pavilion) → Ryoanji → Ninnaji
We arrived from Tokyo by train and were met by our guide Mr. Miyake at the station platform. We only had that afternoon, evening and the next morning to explore Kyoto. Mr. Miyake had made put together a nice itinerary, was knowledegable, prompt, spoke excellent english and amiable. We enjoyed our time in Kyoto, saw a few of the many shrines and temples and got to experience the local culture. Thank you for showing us around Mr. Miyake.
Written 14 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alice L
Tamuning, null, Guam46 contributions
Be ready to walk!
Apr 2018 • Friends
We knew this was a walking tour and were prepared. Our guide Jurij was prompt and met us at our door. The sites we requested were popular ones and although they were impressive it was difficult to enjoy the areas due to the large number of people. Jurij did his best to take us in the opposite direction to avoid some of the crowds. He was flexible throughout the day as he learned what our interests were. We had a few dietary restrictions that normally pose an issue in casual dining. We all enjoyed our lunch and could tell that he put in a bit of effort to accommodate our needs. He was very knowledgeable of the Kyoto area and was able to add a zen garden to our tour which turned out to be one of the best sights of the day! Excellent tour, excellent guide, worth every penny!
Written 4 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

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By: Venture
sarahcM8539YQ
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Great sake lesson
The session with Noriko was great and I recommend it even if you are worried about virtual experience. I have done
ErionRene
ErionRene
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New friend and great insight into sake and food culture
Noriko was full of knowledge and a wonderful story teller. Covered many sake and food items that will help me with
sebring1970
sebring1970
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Necessary to Navigate Tokyo Subways
My tourguide Junichi was punctual, polite, and personable. Junichi met me at my hotel which was greatly appreciat
Hectormoh
Hectormoh
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Best tour
Our tourist Silvia was truly knowledgable, helpful and fun to be around, we will recommend everyOne that comes to r
dianelY8807EK
dianelY8807EK
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Wonderful full day tour despite CoronaVirus
Yoshi did an amazing job getting us to all the sites we requested and sharing his own experiences after living here
marico0001
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Japan Tour with Akiko
Akiko is awesome. She’s fluent in English too. Bubbly and friendly. I'm glad that she was my tour guide that we end
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Perfect Tokyo Tour in Every Way!
My colleague and I were visiting Tokyo for the first time and only had one non-work day to see cultural highlights
Andrew H
Andrew H
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Excellent tour and guide
I had an excellent half day tour of Tokyo! Meg is an outstanding private guide, who communicated with me before the
cbarr7
cbarr7
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Best tour I have ever Taken!
We came to Tokyo for a week but only had one day in the city of Tokyo due to visiting Disneyland for the remainder
haleym677
haleym677
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Highly recommend private tour
The real star of the tour was my guide, Akiko! She was great at establishing a connection early on and sought to le
1ucy2019
1ucy2019
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Disappointing tour guide, some good sights
Very dissapointing tour, but some of the sights were worth visiting. We chose the full day tour with public trans
Sarah C
Sarah C
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Osaka with the experts
We had the best Osaka experience with fun and professional leader who we enjoyed spending time with while exploring
Scott S
Scott S
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Great tour all round
These guys were great from the get go. We were responded to promptly from our initial enquiry and had a great time
Sarah C
Sarah C
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Perfect Japan in the saddle
Great cycling - leader, course, inclusions all perfect ...,and loved the food especially Monja yaki and appreciated
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