Kyoto Tours
Kyoto Custom Half Day Tour

Kyoto Custom Half Day Tour

By Japan Awaits
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 1-90
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Japanese, English

  • 4-hour fully customized tour with reservations and bookings made on your behalf
  • Transportation within the city only
  • English-speaking professional tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What's not included
  • Meals, food and drinks not specified
  • Fees for optional tours and activities for guests and tour guide
  • Gratuities (optional)

Start:Traveller pickup offered.
  • Kyoto, Japan
    We meet all the customers at the meeting point. More details will be provided after booking.Please kindly confirm with us again if your tour detail does not have meeting point
Pickup details
  • If guests are already in Kyoto, the tour guide will pick up the guest at their hotel (if it's within the city center). If not, pick-up location will be provided to the guest before the tour date (the pick-up location will likely be at a convenient location, such as a train station). More details will be provided after booking.
Additional pickup options
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
  • Kyoto Station, Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 27666P46

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children that are age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult that is age 18 or older
    • Please dress appropriately for all weather conditions
    • Passports may be required to verify age on the day of the tour.
    • We ask that all guests arrive at the location at least 10 minutes before the designated meet-up time
    • Although this is a private tour, the tour guide will only wait for you for up to 45 minutes of start time before the tour is cancelled
    • Guests are provided with the tour guides’ phone number before the tour and you can call the tour guide if you need help.
    • With many options and attractions to choose from in the city, it may seem easier to just choose a set tour that’s already available out there, but after you book this Custom Tour, we’ll work closely with you on designing the perfect tour that is only for you. To make it easier for you, after the tour is booked, you’ll receive a Custom Tour form with various potential options and themes for you to easily choose from. We’ll also consider all your preferences: whether you are into Japanese culture, history, food, nature and scenery, seasonal experiences such as Winter Illuminations, or other, you’ll be able to easily make your selections and identify any spots on your wish-list before we start planning away for you.
    • As for mode of transportation, you’ll have the option to choose public transportation option (utilizing the excellent train and bus systems) or the private vehicle option (with a meticulously clean and comfortable chartered vehicle with personal driver) to take you around the city for your own comfort. The choice is yours. We are just here to make the planning and arranging process easy for you.
    • Price: Select number of people under Booking Request for pricing
    • Every city in Japan has a lot to offer. There are many aspects to the city and many hidden and local spots that you may not have seen or heard of before. In the Custom Tour form that will be sent to you after your booking, you’ll be able to let us know of any attractions you have already visited and would not like to see again on this tour. We will carefully review your requests and will create an itinerary based on your preferences.
    • Why am I charged a service fee if I make a cancellation after you started planning the trip?
    • Organizing and planning a trip requires a lot of time and if we have made reservations on your behalf, it may be very challenging to cancel some booking requests. Once we receive your booking and your answers from the Custom Tour form, we will begin putting together your Itinerary Sheet and will start arranging your tour guide, buying tickets, making reservations at venues for your tour, etc.
    • If you cancel the tour any time after we have sent you the custom Itinerary Sheet, the service fee of 15% of your total tour cost will be nonrefundable.
    • Moderate Cancellation Policy:
    • 100% refund for cancellations made up to 4 days before the start time of the experience. Cancellations made after that time period will receive no refund
    • How far in advance should I book?Preparing a customized tour requires some time, especially if reservations for restaurants or other venues are required. We recommend making a reservation as early as possible. Ideally, it should be 3 months before your travel date, or 1 month before the travel date at the very least. For Custom Tour bookings that are requested with less than 7 days before the travel date, we may not be able to arrange your custom tour in time so your booking request may be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.
    • Although this is a private tour, the tour guide will only wait for you for up to 30 minutes of start time before the tour is cancelled
    • PLEASE FILL OUT THE TOUR FORM: After your booking, you will receive a link to the Kyoto Form (within 48 hours) that asks for pertinent information required for this booking. Please ensure that this Kyoto Form is completed accurately at least 7 days before your tour date.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 27666P46

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      Romantic and fun trip
      I and my wife had an awesome trip, with the private tour guide we had, all the sights we wanted to see in one day, so productive. She was knowledgeable to schedule the custom trip, helped take romantic pictures of us. A great way to see the beauty of Kyoto in just half a day.
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      huge thanks!
      Huge thanks to the team for such an amazing experience! Our family truly appreciated the flexibility, the insightful guidance, and the opportunity to explore Kyoto's beauty. It was a memorable journey we won't forget. Arigatou gozaimasu!!
      Written 16 April 2024
    • shantelb2024
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      A First-Timer's Paradise
      My trip to Kyoto was memorable ! Everything went smoothly, thanks to our fantastic tour guide, Kayuza. She provided excellent recommendations, showed us amazing hidden gems, and clearly explained the history of each attraction. Kyoto is such a beautiful city
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    Apr 2024 • Friends
    our tour guide was Kaz Yoshida. Kaz was amazing. He took us to the agreed places and he was very thoughtful about leaving us near our hotel.
    Written 2 May 2024
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