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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

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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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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    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...More

    Thank geovaughnni
    Reviewed June 6, 2019

    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...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank F1725HXdavidw
    Reviewed June 5, 2019

    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...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank jtk19
    Reviewed May 10, 2019

    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!

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank WSU19
    Reviewed April 26, 2019 via mobile

    My husband and I very much enjoyed the Northern Tour. Our guide, Yuri, was friendly and a pleasure to spend the day with. We learned alot about the specific sites and Japanese culture generally. Really enjoyed her insights on the rock garden. Also, stopped for...More

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    May 25, 2019|
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    I was in Kyoto and Tokyo in November 2018 and I didn’t notice any typhoon damage.
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