A simple proposition with a predictably positive outcome: Private touring across Kyoto, as you like it. You tell us what you want to see, or even easier still, you tell us your interests (rank or weight 'em while you're at it, if you please), and we'll propose an itinerary for you. Kyoto Private Touring means just the right balance of temples/shrines, gardens, city exploration, food related sights (and smells and tastes), and then whatever else tickles your fancy. And with optional car service, you can luxuriate in added convenience and comfort.
If you ask us, there is nothing quite like the enduring beauty of the Japanese garden in Kyoto. Seasonality brings solitude, rebirth, bursting vivacity, and then finally the warmth of the autumn before the cycle resets once again. As for temples and shrines (the former being Buddhist and the latter being Shinto), we know it can be overwhelming or even downright tedious to see too many in one day. We recommend keeping it to three or less in order to prevent temple fatigue.
Aside from historical sites, Kyoto also has culinary pedigree befitting to such an important city. Flavors here and different, and we highly recommend a walk through a lively marketplace. The more delicate flavors of Kyoto cuisine may surprise palates used to Tokyo or even Osaka cooking styles. If you're looking to take the vegetarian path, "seishin ryori" is vegan food principled on religious doctrine. You may be shocked how many different ways tofu and be prepared! Of course, if you're looking for something a bit of more carnivorous, Kobe-style, richly marbled Japanese "wagyu" is readily available for melting in your mouth.
Have something specific you want to dive deeper into on your private Kyoto tour? How about 19th century architecture? Sake (rice wine) tasting at a brewery? Are you a train lover? Challenge us. We love showing all the nooks and crannies of fabulous, engaging, and entrancing Kyoto.
What is included in the tour
- Private, bilingual guide.
- Guide transportation, lunch.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Customer transportation costs (unless private car option is selected).
- Food and drink.
We go to the places you want to go! We have lots of suggestions, and naturally all the top spots, including the following, are available to be added to your itinerary:
- Kinkakuji (Golden Temple)
- Fushimi Inari (Shinto Shrine complex with famous red gates snaking up the mountain)
- Arashiyama (bamboo forest and so much more)
- Imperial Palace
But the best part of all with a private tour is of course that we go to exactly the spots you like, even if they aren't mainstream. Food markets, a train museum, aquarium, hot spring in the mountains, or..?
Join us on a fully private, fully customized exploration of the best Kyoto has to offer. We have temples, gardens, city sights, food, and so much more to share with you. Just let us know your wishes, and we will make a detailed itinerary.
Your private Kyoto tour is recommended to start at 9am, but this can adjusted as befits your needs. Your guide will meet you at your central Kyoto hotel, or at another central Kyoto location of your choosing (you may wish to meet at the day's first attraction in order to get a jump start). The day can end either back at your lodging or wherever you end up being when your tour time comes to a close.
Travel around Kyoto is assumed to be by public transit or taxi. In the case of public transit, the guide will pay their own fare. For taxi travel, the burden falls on our guests. Private car service can be added as an option at time of purchase.
When submitting your tour request, do remember to let us know your interests or specific sights you had in mind.
Thank you, and we look forward to showing you a great time in Kyoto!