Kyoto Private Full Day Walking Tour [Customizable]

  • ¥ 40,000
  • 8 hours
  • Max 8 Guests
  • 229 people already enjoyed this experience


On this Kyoto private tour, you can see Kyoto efficiently in one day and also develop a deeper understanding of it and its culture.

This tour includes three must-see sights in Kyoto! A sample itinerary is listed below.

Our friendly professional guide will meet you at your hotel and the tour can start from there. We will go to Fushimi Inari Shrine. It's a very famous spot for foreigners. You might have seen the picture of thousands of Torii gates there. After that, we move to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Shining Temple). After lunch, we will head to Kiyomizu Temple and experience Kyoto's most famous district. If we have time, we will stroll around the Gion area.

-Visit the most popular sites in Kyoto in one day and feel the traditional and unique atmosphere.
-LEARN the Japanese history and culture one step deeper while walking.
-ENJOY with our friendly, professional guide!

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (8 hours)

- 9:00 am Meetup at your hotel.
- Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Shining Temple)
- Arashiyama Bamboo Forest & Tenryu-ji Zen Garden
- Fushimi Inari Shrine (Thousands of Torii gates)
- Gion (Maiko area)
- 5:00pm Finish the tour.
*We can change this itinerary based on your request.
*You will be picked up and dropped off at the place of your choice.
1. Making a reservation:
Please apply via this site with the information and make a payment.
- The numbers of your group
- Full name (Who will join in this tour on that date)
*Please write all of your group member's name with correct spell.
- Your exact hotel name *If the name was wrong, the guide cannot meet you.
- Preferred dates and time
- Your requested destinations (3-5) *If you have anything
- Special Requirements (Allergy or something relating your health condition) *If needed

We are 2 people.
Name; Tatsuya Kawamura (myself), Yu Kono (my wife).
We will be in Cross Hotel Kyoto
My Wish Date and time:
#01: 15th of September, 2020 starting from 9 am
#02: 14th of September, 2020 from 10 am
Destinations; Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Nijo castle, Nishiki Market and somewhere very photogenic
Special Requiements; My wife, Yu cannot drink alchole.

*If you stay in Airbnb or guesthouse, there is a possibility as the guide could not find the location or the owner cannot meet you in the building. So, we may set your meetup point nearby the building in the case.

2. Receive the Result:
Receive a reply within 48 hours and we will let you know whether we could arrange or not.
If we could not arrange your guide, we will do a full refund.
Your Hotel / TBD
40,000 yen/Group
*1 – 6 people : 40,000 yen
*Over 7 people : 45,000 yen

Approximately 5:00 PM
English Guide
・Transportation Fee (You and our Guide)
・Entrance fees (You & our Guide)
・Lunch (You & our Guide)
・Other Expenses
*If you change your itinerary, sometimes additional transportation fees may be incurred (You and our Guide).
  • 【General】
  • ・This is a walking tour, so we will not use a private van. We will take public
     transportation during this tour.
    ・The cost is not included and depending on your destination and hotel the
      cost will vary.
    ・If you need a private van, please let us know in advance. We will arrange it with
      an additional fee.
    ・This tour contains a lot of walking.
    ・(So we recommend you to come with comfortable walking shoes.)

  • 【Pricing & Payment】
  • ・All payment is expected before the tour.
  • *We can customize your itinerary based on your request.
  • *Private tour price: 22,500 yen for 4 hours, 40,000 yen for 8 hours.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest In Kyoto

Arashiyama and Sagano In Kyoto


Customer's Voice (76)

We enjoyed an excellent all day walking tour, in spite of some wet weather, with our guide Ellie, who was fantastic. Ellie speaks very good English and is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and interesting to talk to. We both felt a real sense of rapport with her and were genuinly sorry to have to say goodbye! We would highly recommend this tour to other travellers to Kyoto, a place that we have very much taken to.
by ianLP59 (03/11/20)
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 !!!!
by pablo (01/13/20)
This tour was amazing. We had two days of walking in Kyoto. We used the subways and busses Both Yoji and Risako were delightful! They were prompt, knowledgeable and flexible. We saw everything we wanted to and then some. I will use Japan wonder travels for all my future Japan travels.
by Sheritravelstheworld (01/08/20)
Our day trip from Tokyo to Kyoto was possible with the full day private tour. We arrived by train in the morning and our guide Kenji met us at the Kyoto station. We used the subway & trains which added to the experience & used a few taxis to allow for more time at the sites. Kenji was knowledgeable & informative (history, culture, religion, region & way of living) .He read our group well, selecting a restaurant for lunch that we all enjoyed and moving us along at an ideal pace for us. Japan Wonder Travel communicated well via email in advance of our trip with draft itinerary & meeting point information. We highly recommend the full day private tour.
by Cz2019 (12/23/19)
Great tour with Ellie, who is just fabulous! Too bad the weather was miserable..
by Dana (11/28/19)
by 8 (11/27/19)
Our tour in Kyoto was the best!!!!! Thank you very much !!!
by Suely (11/11/19)
We had a fantastic walking tour of Kyoto with our guide Ellie She was so knowledgeable and made our day in Kyoto so memorable We saw so many wonderful places and learnt so much about the history and culture of Japan and Kyoto Ellie was the perfect host so willing to make our day special Will and Jean Cornwall UK
by Will and Jean (11/08/19)
Excellent in every way! See you next time!
by Yusuf-san (11/04/19)
I am a big fan of these types of trips which give you a great oversight of the key attractions in a major city and with the assistance of a guide that can give you that little bit extra whilst knowing the best way to see things. It is also a great trip to do on visiting a city to get your bearings, understand the transport network and get great little tips for the rest of your trip. I booked an 8hr walking trip (also taking in buses, trains and metro) which was tailored on my request to take in Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion), Daitokuji temple district (including a zen temple) following which we then had lunch locally, Fushimi Inari shrine (thousands of Shinto gates) and finishing up Gion (district of the geisha), before returning to our hotel (from where we were picked up first thing). I've done quite a few of these tours in different cities but this was the first one where we had unfortunate wet weather in the morning, although I have to say that didn't ruin the trip one little bit. We had the most amazing local guide, Ellie, who speaks perfect English having studied for a few years in the US, is very knowledgeable on all the attractions and very engaging in conversation during the course of the day ensuring it remains a super-interesting day all day. She was also very helpful in mapping out where else we should visit during our brief stay in the Kyoto. All-in-all I would highly recommend this trip if you are stuck at how to plan your sight-seeing trip to a city such as Kyoto with so much history and so much to see and you want to know not only about the history of Kyoto but also Japan. Thank you Ellie :-)
by KevL (10/29/19)
We booked a full day tour with local guide Kaori and we loved the experience! She was very well prepared and had already discussed with us what we would like to visit before the tour started. She had made a good program so we could see a lot of Kyoto without having to rush from one site to another. We visited Kinkakuji temple (the Golden pavilion), Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Fushimi Inari shrine !Thousands of Shinto gates) and Gion where Kaori gave us extra information on Japanese history and tradition. At noon we had lunch in a traditional Japanese restaurant, sitting on the floor. Very nice experience and very good choice of her! At the end of tour she gave us some tips on other things to do/visit in Kyoto and even arranged a taxi for us. We were very happy to have booked this tour and would like to thank Kaori again for the wonderfull experience!
by Steve (10/18/19)
We participated in the private all day tour of Kyoto with Yasuna. She was an excellent guide and very well informed . We visited the Golden Pavilion, The Bamboo Forest and the shrine of 1000 gates. She organized a great lunch. Would highly recommend
by Alana English (10/01/19)
We had a great 8 hour walking tour in Kyoto with our guide Yasuna. She walked us through the major sightseeing spots in Kyoto and told us about Japanese history and culture.She is also a great photographer, the photos she took us are amazing!We absolutely recommend Japan Wonder Travel and Yasuna to everyone!
by Cristiana (09/09/19)
We did an 8 hour tour of Kyoto with Kaori-san as our guide. Our proposed itinerary was easily accommodated, and she was very knowledgeable. We learnt a lot about Kyoto and Japanese customs, and we enjoyed Kaori-san's company.
by SG (09/03/19)
by M family (08/06/19)
We had a great day with Yasuna-san. She is well-prepared, gracious, helpful and patient. We learned a lot of Kyoto's history and traditions. We are taking home great memories. Thanks Yasuna.
by Prosel (08/01/19)
by Mirelle (07/28/19)
My family of five (2 adults, 3 high school/college) went on the full day Kyoto tour with Mika. We all thought that Mika was the best city tour guide we've ever had. She is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Mika went above and beyond and answered questions not only about places on the tour but about places we planned to visit later on our vacation. It was an extremely hot day and Mika planned our day so that we would be on air conditioned trains in between sites to cool off. She also took us to a great restaurant that provided vegetarian options for a few of us. We truly enjoyed our time with Mika, learning about her family, the Kyoto sites and having a few laughs along the way.
by SarahW (07/27/19)
The tour was carefully planned to meet our needs, and Elkie executed it perfectly. We have learned so much, and enjoy spending quality time with a true professional
by TM (07/27/19)
This customized tour was just perfect for our family of four (including teens). The guide Ellie was so knowledgeable and nice, and now we know much more about Japanese Life, history and Culture. We all really enjoyed our day with Ellie. Thank you so much!
by mirellakaram (07/11/19)
Our guide Kenji was the best. Kenji is originally from Kyoto and was very informative about the Kyoto area. Having Kenji as a guide the first two days that we were in Kyoto helped us get around the next few days. Kenji gave us more knowledge and information about the places we visited than any tour book could ever give. We did a lot of walking, so be prepared. The best thing is that you could customize your day and #japaneondertravel can help recommend the trip for you.
by Randy Hata (07/10/19)
Kenji was a wonderful guide and we enjoyed every minute of our day with him. He took us to wonderful places, taught us a lot about Japan and Kyoto and was a very nice person to spend the day with. Thank you Kenji for all the information, guidance and your friendly manner.
by Japan Traveler (06/29/19)
Our 20 year old granddaughter and ourselves spent 2 wonderful days with Akiko from Japan WonderTravel. The Office is extremely efficient. The online booking was easily done and there was further communication closer to the time. Our private walking tour was customised to our wishes and needs. Akiko kindly met us at our hotel. We visited the Arashiyama area, the Bamboo Grove, travelled on the Sagano Romantic Train, saw the Gio-Ji temple and the amazingly beautiful Okochi Villa. Not only did we learn so much from the gentle, beautiful Akiko but she also gave us lots of extra information that helped us during our stay in Kyoto. Thank you for a wonderful day.
by Sue Lawrence (06/22/19)
Akiko- san, thank you so much for being our guide and going out of your way to take us to the many places we wanted to visit and plan our unguided day trip in Arashiyama. It was a truly relaxing and memorable experience and we will be recommending you to our friends who plan to visit Japan soon. It was a pleasure to meet you and when ever you visit Poland, Warsaw and all things Chopin we would love to show you around for free since we live in the old town and know a lot about the history. arigatōgozaimashita Gavin and Arek
by Gavin and Arek (05/31/19)
We spent a wonderful 3 days in Kyoto with a truly superb guide, Ellie-San. Her knowledge of her city and her obvious love for it shone through. This made our 2 day walking tour and the food tour most pleasurable. Ellie was particularly considerate of our needs for rest and physical necessities. She chose the best local restaurants for lunch. When we said what we wished to buy in the way of presents, Ellie knew where to find the best range, quality and price.
by Lyndall (05/31/19)