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Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

1. Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

Discover Kyoto like a local and see the top attractions on a 2, 4, 6, or 8-hour private walking tour. Meet your host and get insider tips on what to see and do, learn about the culture and discover hidden gems along the way. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Book your preferred tour duration at least 72 hours in advance so that the best experience can be created in advance. You will be contacted shortly after booking to chat about your needs and interests. A like-minded host will then be provided, along with a bespoke, but flexible, itinerary exclusive to you. Visit sacred sites like the shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha or Kinkajuki Temple, explore the cultural district of Gion or get off the beaten path in historic neighborhoods with the help of your guide. Stop for lunch at an authentic spot, recommended by your host to suit your taste and budget, or snack on street food as you walk. Get advice on how to spend the rest of your time in the city and more.

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Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

2. Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Kyoto from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end of the tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own with all the information you need.

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Kyoto: City Highlights Private Guided Tour

3. Kyoto: City Highlights Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the station in Kyoto to begin your tour of the city’s highlights. Ride the train and to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for its impressive rows of red gates. Continue to Tofukuji Temple to relax in its beautiful garden and stroll along a raised walkway at tree level. After this, head to Sanjusangen-do temple, known for its amazing collection of 1,001 golden Buddha statues. Hop back on the train and travel to Hanamikoji Street and the famous Gion area, your final stop on the tour. Wander through the streets and feel soak up the energy of this vibrant area.

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Kyoto: Small-Group Guided Tour by Minivan

4. Kyoto: Small-Group Guided Tour by Minivan

Meet your driver guide and head to Sanjusangendo in eastern Kyoto, famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Continue to Shogunzuka Mount and take in panoramic views over the entire city of Kyoto, a valley surrounded by mountains. Journey to ramen street in the northern part of Kyoto for lunch (not included). Enjoy the authentic local atmosphere with many ramen restaurants competitively crowded together in one street. For vegetarians suitable restaurants are available as well. After the lunch break, walk along the cherry tress of the Philosopher's path. Marvel at the cherry blossoms in spring and the red leaves in autumn. Meet your driver guide at the end of the path and be escorted to Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) known for its tea ceremony room and the beautiful gardens. Then, visit Nishiki Market in downtown Kyoto and see a variety of local foods such as seafood, Japanese pickles, Karaage, Takoyaki, Japanese spice, ice cream, green tea, egg roll, dee-fried food, and more. Feel free to taste and buy some of the foods, and look for souvenirs. Feel free to stay at the market after the tour or be driven back to the meeting point.

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What people are saying about Sanjusangen-do

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 178 reviews

Our guide Agustin was so helpful and friendly. He took us to a lovely temple that wasn't on the main tourist trail, which was a great opportunity to escape the crowds of Kyoto in the autumn colours season. Our walking tour included all the things that we'd expressed interest in when booking. After the tour, Agustin also kindly emailed me information that he had researched for us about a museum exhibition and antique shop because we'd explained that we were interested in Japanese netsuke. Thank you Agustin!

Although not a native Japanese, Tanya is an experienced tour guide. She knows a lot about Kyoto as well as the history and culture of Japan. She contacted us in advanced with a proposal for the private day tour based on our interests. She even managed to bring us to a temple, where a traditional ceremony was held. Thank you for this unique experience Tanya!

My guide was wonderful and had great suggestions, very patient with American tourist. I was excited to see everything, he planned a wonderful itinerary. Helpful with train took picture of meeting place.

The guide was extremely well versed in Japanese culture as well as sights and attractions. Japanese and English was fluent. 10 out of 10 would recommend this tour guide specifically Taibi.

Kokoro was great, very helpful and knowledgeable. We covered a lot of ground.