Kyoto Day Tour Kinkakuji and Arashiyama

There are so many beautiful sights in Kyoto that it is really hard to choose but, if you only have one day, my suggestion is to visit the places that will give you at least a glimpse of Kyoto atmosphere.

During this tour I will take you to the famous sightseen sites of Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Arashiyama, along the way you will have a chance to see a hidden bamboo forest, ride on the only remaining tram line in Kyoto and encounter no less then eight thousand Buddhist statuettes.

Garden View

Depending on the position of your hotel I can pick you up from your hotel at 9.00 or we can meet at Kyoto station. A bus ride will take us to Kinkakuji, also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, to admire the gardens, the tea houses and of course the Golden Pavilion reflecting in the pond.

The Golden Pavilion

We will then visit Ryoanji Temple and the famous hiraniwa, the flat garden dry garden reveling the simplicity of the Zen principles.

Ryoanji Rock Garden

After the visit we will go to Arashiyama and have a quick lunch before starting to explore this part of Kyoto.

Soba and Tempura

After lunch we will visit Tenruji Temple, the Bamboo grove and The Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street, a street that has been maintained as it was during the Meiji Period (second half of 1800) with traditional wooden town houses now converted into shops and restaurants.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Our tour will finish around 5.00 pm

Other suggested Day Tours in Kyoto are

Kyoto Day Tour Nijo Castle and along the Philosopher’s Path 

Kyoto Day Tour Fushimi Inari and Higashiyama

More details about the Tour

Tour starts at 9.00 am from Kyoto JR Station or from your hotel (depends on hotel location) and lasts 8 hours ending at 5.00 pm. I will explain you how to go back to your hotel before leaving you.

Price is 35000 yen to be paid cash when we meet in the morning or in advance using PayPal.

The tour is for max 6 people, the price is per tour not per person so if you are 2 or 6 the price does not change.

The price does not include entrance fees for shrines, temples and gardens for yourself and the guide, transportation costs for yourself and lunch for yourself and the guide.

Transportation expenses for the guide are included in the price.

The tour is private, it will be only you and your group.

If you book more than one day a discounted price will be offered for the second and third day.

Please let me know in advance if you have any special circumstance, for example if you are travelling with children, if you plan to use a stroller, if you prefer to limit the walking part or if you have food allergies. I can create a more personalized tour for you and make it an unforgettable day in Kyoto.

Contact me here to book your tour!

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