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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

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US$ 197.44
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    What to Expect
    Regardless of the itinerary chosen, your private tour begins at Hotel Granvia Kyoto near Kyoto Station. From here, you’ll take public transport in order to immerse yourself in local life.

    If you’ve opted to follow the northwest-bound itinerary, your first stop is Arashiyama Park—famed for its array of temples and inviting bamboo groves—before proceeding to Japan’s most famous rock garden at Ryoan-ji.

    Following a lunch break (own expense), you’ll continue to the Golden Pavillion, a 3-story pagoda that floats on a lake surrounded by lush forest. Then, choose to visit the culinary wonderland of Nishiki Food Market or Nijo Castle, whose interior walls are adorned with gold leaf and elaborate sketches.

    Alternatively, the southeast-bound course gives you the chance to visit Gekkeikan Sake Brewery to discover the secrets behind Japan’s iconic rice wine, and then behold thousands of red tori gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, replete with stone foxes and shrines.

    See, too, Sanjusangendo temple before revitalizing with lunch at your own expense. Then, you’ll continue to Kiyomizu Temple, a hilltop landmark dating back to the 8th century, before ascending the steep slopes in the Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka neighborhoods for spectacular views.

    Both tour options conclude in the Gion area of Kyoto.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Japan, 〒600-8216 Kyoto, Shimogyō-ku, Higashishiokōjichō, Karasuma Dori, 塩小路下ル JR京都駅中央口
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    • Professional English speaking guide
    • Public Transportation
    • One-day city bus pass (can be used continuously after the tour)
    • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Sanjusangendo Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Ryoanji Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
    • Food and drinks
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    We just caught the train..JRpass fantastic, 800m walk from the station. Definitely try the crab along the way, and enjoy the serenity of bamboo that sways in the breeze..beautiful spot..walk up to the top another surprise awaits..
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    We took two all-day tours with Mie (Southwest and Northwest Kyoto). Both tours were exceptional. Our guide, was informative, friendly, and fun. She had a complete tour in mind at the start, but was willing to customize it based on how much time we wanted to spend at each
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    This was one of the highlights of our trip. Mia, our guide, was fantastic and very knowledgeable and also very funny. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone going to Kyoto. It gives you a good feel for the local culture and also the lay of the land. We also had a great
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    My tour party consisted of me...and that was it! Poor Mie had to talk to me the whole time! I was never chatting pleasantly with my wife or family or friends because they weren't there! You can read elsewhere in these reviews about her depth of knowledge, her humor, and her
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    This was the very highlight of our trip! Love the bamboo forest and the hiking along the river, and also the train ridding to there!
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 7h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English
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