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Kyoto Early Bird Tour

By KAMNAVI Tours
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Ages 6-80
Duration: 5h 15m
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Guide fee
What's not included
  • Admission fees. 500yen@Kinkaku-ji Temple
  • Drink and Food
  • Transportation fare. 760 yen for JR Lines, 460 yen for City Bus
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple


Start:
  • Kyoto Station Building, 901 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
    Kyoto Station in front of the central ticket gates of the JR lines on the ground floor. They are on the north side of the station where Kyoto Tower is located.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Infant seats available
    • Stroller accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 100507P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Accessible for those with limited eye sight
    • Accessible for those with limited mobility
    • Animals or pets allowed
    • Infant seats unavailable
    • Not recommended for people with heart conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • comfortable shoes for walking; quite a bit of walking required
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    How much is Kyoto Early Bird Tour?
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    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 100507P3

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Kyoto Station Building
      901 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
      Kyoto Station in front of the central ticket gates of the JR lines on the ground floor. They are on the north side of the station where Kyoto Tower is located.
      See address & details
    • 1
      Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • 2
      Kinkakuji Temple
      Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
      See details
    • 3
      Arashiyama
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • KAMNAVI Tours
      142
      Japan
      Joined in October 2018
    • BRAD F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kyoto day tour
      Satomi was a wonderful tour guide and took us to all the best places around Kyoto. We learnt so much more about the history of Kyoto and its’ structures rather than had we done this on our own. The tour was excellent and we had plenty of time to see everything as well as stop anywhere along the way. Definitely recommend :)
      Written February 3, 2024
    • heidicT6125ZO
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unearthing Kyoto's Charms: The Early Riser Platinum One-Day Tour with Taki
      Embarking on the Kyoto Early Riser Platinum One-Day Tour with Taki enabled us to unveil the hidden marvels of Kyoto, even though the surprise use of public transportation initially caught us off guard. Regrettably, we had overlooked the importance of notifying the tour organizers about my wheelchair-dependent condition beforehand. Nevertheless, Taki's warm and caring personality, although momentarily thrown off balance, remained steady throughout the day. Taki's potential as a remarkable guide shone through, as they adeptly adapted to the situation and added the delightful surprise of visiting an artist specializing in fruit sculptures. In this review, I will delve into the highlights of our captivating journey and emphasize Taki's progress in crafting their own unique storytelling style while exploring the history of the places we visited. Resilience and Thoughtful Adaptability: Despite the unexpected reliance on public transportation, Taki showcased inspiring resilience and thoughtful adaptability when faced with the challenge at hand. While our failure to provide prior notice of my mobility requirements was unfortunate, Taki's unwavering warmth and caring demeanor brought solace in the face of this oversight. Their quick recovery and dedication to ensuring our comfort created an atmosphere of reassurance, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the wonders of Kyoto. Promising Narration and Historical Revelations: Taki's potential as a knowledgeable guide was evident throughout the tour, even as they continued to refine their storytelling capabilities. While navigating the intricacies of public transportation, Taki effectively conveyed the historical significance of the places we visited. As they further develop their own unique storytelling style, Taki has the potential to enhance their narratives, adding a personal touch that will captivate future travelers. Their passion for Kyoto's history remained palpable, igniting our own curiosity and deepening our understanding of the city's profound heritage. Unexpected Delights and Cultural Immersion: One of the tour's highlights was the delightful surprise addition of a visit to an artist specializing in fruit sculptures—an outstanding stop that left a lasting impression. Taki's adaptability and flexibility proved invaluable, allowing us to experience this unique artistic endeavor firsthand. This unexpected detour not only showcased the richness of Kyoto's cultural tapestry but also emphasized Taki's resourcefulness in enhancing the tour's diversity of experiences. Such encounters fostered a deeper connection to the local community and added an element of excitement and discovery to our journey. Conclusion: In reflection, the Kyoto Early Riser Platinum One-Day Tour with Taki promised a rewarding expedition through Kyoto's captivating landscapes. While the utilization of public transportation caught us by surprise, Taki's resilience and genuine care played an instrumental role in maintaining our comfort and enjoyment throughout the day. As Taki continues to grow as a guide, their ability to weave their own compelling stories into the historical tapestry of the places visited will undoubtedly bring an added layer of depth to future tours. Furthermore, the unexpected stop to admire the unique fruit sculptures underscored Taki's adeptness at adapting and adding surprising elements to the itinerary. Despite any initial challenges, this tour with Taki will provide a memorable and immersive journey through Kyoto's cultural wonders, leaving visitors with a profound appreciation for the city's beauty and Taki's significant potential as a guide.
      Written December 4, 2023
    • Paradise300906
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great!
      Great experience! Great tour guide! Much better to get out early to not have to deal with the huge crowds.
      Written November 24, 2023
    • Tony Y
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour!
      We had Chie as our tour guide. She was great, a wealth of knowledge and enhanced the experience at each site. She was also amazing at helping us to navigate the different public transport aspects to get to each place efficiently. Starting early also seemed to avoid alot of the crowd though places were still quite busy. Thanks again Chie!
      Written November 13, 2023
    • Sprykilo
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely tour
      It was really nice and our tour guide even took us to an extra place. He didn’t have to do that but he was super great and knowledgeable about all the attractions
      Written October 26, 2023
    • normanp311
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended
      An early start allowed us to visit the ‘5 of the most popular’ tourist spots in Kyoto. Despite being spread all over the place, our Guide (Satomi) was excellent and through an artful use of Train; Bus; Taxi and Streetcar, managed to cover: 1: Fushimi Inara-taishi shrine. Known for its “1,000 vermillion coloured, Tori Gates” it is one of the iconic ‘photo spots’ of Kyoto. And plenty of tourists all trying to get that ‘perfect shot’. 2: Kitano Tenmangu. A 10th century shrine (Yes - another one). 3: Kinkaku-ji. An iconic, gold-leaf covered temple. Impressive, plus surrounding gardens. All built for a past Shogun who apparently decided to retire there. Very serene. 4: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. A forest of towering bamboo stalks creating a path up a mountainside and down to a river. Very nice. 5: Nichiki Markets, very popular with the locals for the variety of food stalls. Along the way we managed to have a noodle lunch in a traditional eatery. Pretty cool. Overall - an excellent day and a terrific guide.
      Written October 13, 2023
    • Dianne S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kyoto one day tour: EnjoyKyoto to the fullest.
      My husband and I had the most amazing day with our private guide Sachi. She showed us all the places we wanted to see and added some beautiful gardens as well. She is so knowledgeable and interesting, we had the best day ever. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to see Kyoto highlights in just one day.
      Written October 5, 2023
    • 625annamaried
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent one-day tour to see Kyoto's important sites .
      If you're looking for one-day tour to visit must-see sights around Kyoto - this is it! The early start time to the tour is a plus as you get to see the sites before the majority of tourists come. Most important are the awesome people that made the tour worth it. From the time I booked our tour online up to the end of tour, everything was handled smoothly. Pre-tour questions were answered promptly and courteously (thank you, Barbara). The tour company was flexible in accommodating my request regarding the meet-up point. All the information pertaining the tour (itinerary, imeet-up point, tour guide information, etc) iwere provided in advance. Our local tour guide, Kozuo, is a long-time resident of Kyoto was very nice and a pleasure to be with. He also made us feel safe during the entire time, all the while ensuring we are enjoying our tour. We also did not feel hurried as it was a private tour. Thank you Kazuo; you are the best! I would highly recommend this tour!
      Written July 25, 2023
    • TravelBlogAR
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Love Nara Deer Park
      Nara Deer Park is a must do experience in Japan. Simply lovely to see the beautiful deer roaming around freely in the park and streets.
      Written July 16, 2023
    • Voyager441250
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Michiko is Great!
      Michiko was friendly, knowledgeable, and a joy to spend time with. Highly recommend- thanks Michi! <3
      Written June 28, 2023
    • Myleneliang
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A memorable day in Kyoto
      Our guide Seiya Maegawa is an outstanding guide, making our tour of Kyoto memorable. In addition to being a passionate photographer, he makes us laugh, teaches the kids Japanese language and gives us excellent explanations! We are so grateful for his exceptional service to us.
      Written June 27, 2023
    • Richard E
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic day out with our guide Mitsue
      We had a guide for the day, Mitsue who took us around the wonderful city of Kyoto, the highlight of our stay in Japan. Mitsue spoke English really well which helped. She made the day flexible meaning that if we had already been to a site she was able to add a different one. We could not have seen all the great attractions without her, moving rapidly from train to bus and always happy and helpful.
      Written June 25, 2023
    • Jet460237
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      Kyoto early riser platinum one day tour
      Our tour guide, mr Sumi was knowledgeable , polite, professional. The Golden temple is magnificent. We had a great time.
      Written June 24, 2023
    • johnrM8131LR
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      Private tour of Nara
      Our guide Seiya was great. He was friendly and patient, and took us through the shrines and temples and told us a lot about Japanese customs and culture. The sacred deer of Nara are so cute - but hungry! But the amazing temple, the enormous Buddha statue, the gardens… all incredible. We had a nice lunch, explored a typical neighborhood and visited some local shops. All in all a great guided tour!
      Written June 11, 2023
    • Road772452
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      Private Tour of Nara
      Our tour guide was excellent. She met us at the appointed time, and place, and guided us on the Kyoto/Nara metro . . . . my wife, son, and I really enjoyed it!
      Written May 31, 2023
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    Joshtherock
    Burleigh Heads, Australia251 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    What a great tour! We were lucky to get Kaz who was so good at what he does. It was well worth starting at 7am and we managed to avoid the crowds for most of the day. Kaz's knowledge of Kyoto was really good and Kaz was really thoughtful in taking our needs into account. We managed to do everything we wanted to do.
    Written March 17, 2023
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    We are so happy to know that you enjoyed the tour and your time with Kaz! He knows his native Kyoto very well and loves to share his knowledge. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review!
    Written March 21, 2023
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    Nick K
    Sydney, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022
    Tohru was an incredible tour guide who took us through all three sites and gave us ample opportunity to soak in the atmosphere of the locations and was always willing and eager to answer any questions we had. We had so much fun on this tour and would recommend it to anyone looking to explore some of the best sites of Kyoto. Tohru was also kind enough to offer us some local ramen recommendations close to Kyoto station and I had the best pork ramen of my life on the back of that really thrilled with this tour.
    Written November 20, 2022
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    Thank you so much for your great review! We are absolutely happy to know that Tohru provided a fun tour that appealed to you. And that you were able to have some very nice ramen in Kyoto on top of that. All the best and stay safe!
    Written November 22, 2022
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    slinkype
    Andover, UK78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    Keiko was our guide and she was amazing - wonderful knowledge, helpful on public transport, excellent photo taker! We were so happy to have her help guiding us on the public transport system, showing us great areas to take photos, giving us dinner recommendations. I’d recommend this tour and Keiko to everyone.

    You won’t get to see the full Fushimi Inari shrine tour on this - it would take an estimated 3 extra hours to climb and go down the mountain. But you’ll see the highlights :)
    Written March 28, 2023
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    Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review! You are right, it takes too long to climb up to the top of Fushimi Inari Shrine, but we hope you got some nice pictures with all the orange torii gates! Wonderful to know that Keiko did a good job introducing the local culture and helping in any way she could. All the best to you!
    Written March 28, 2023
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    Phoebe S
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Family
    My sister and I had a wonderful experience on our tour with our tour guide, Aramaki-san! Mr. Aramaki is so knowledgeable about Kyoto and shared a lot of insights into Japanese culture that we wouldn't have learned otherwise. We traveled to Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kinkaku-ji, and Arashiyama, and were able to spend a significant amount of time at each site so we didn't feel rushed. Mr. Aramaki treated us with great hospitality and we felt well taken care of during our tour. I would also recommend the Early Bird tour because whenever we left each site, then there was a much larger influx of tourists and each site became much more crowded!
    Written December 1, 2023
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    We're thrilled to receive your wonderful review. Great to know that you got to hear a lot of things about Japanese culture from your guide and had enough time at each site before the big crowds came. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
    Written December 2, 2023
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    Across23
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Friends
    This tour was amazing! Tohru San did an amazing job leading us around Kyoto and informing us on the history of the different sites we visited. My brother and I would recommend this tour, and especially Tohru to anyone looking to explore Kyoto with the help of an experienced guide.
    Written October 26, 2023
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review! It means a lot to us to know that you and your brother enjoyed touring Kyoto with Tohru and hearing about the history of the sites.
    Written October 28, 2023
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    Easter R
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    Jul 2023 • Family
    Our party of 7 enjoyed a private tour with Noriko. She was very friendly and pleasant. We communicated well in English from pre-tour until end of tour. The information she shared about the history and culture in beautiful Kyoto was helpful to understand and appreciate the people. Starting our tour early at 8am helped to beat the crowd and the summer heat. Highly recommend this tour, if you have limited time to spend in Kyoto.
    Written August 7, 2023
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    Thank you for your generous review. We're delighted to have fulfilled your expectations and happy to know that you got a lot of information about Kyoto while avoiding the crowds.
    Written August 8, 2023
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    Chayanit S
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    Me and my husband had a really great time exploring Kyoto. Definitely recommend the early bird timing to beat the crowds. Keiko was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of Kyoto and Japan’s history in general. She is also super friendly, energetic, and flexible to adjust to our needs. Although we have been to Japan several times, this was the first time we felt that we really learned more about Japanese culture, particularly about how modern traditions in temples and shrines. 100% recommend
    Written March 7, 2023
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    We are very happy to know that you learned something new about Japanese culture although you have been to Japan before and that Keiko took good care of you. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review!
    Written March 8, 2023
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    BikeSanity
    Melbourne2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    We had a fabulous tour with our guide Chuji, who took us to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Bamboo Forest and Arashiyama and Togetsu Bridge. I loved that transport used local buses and JR trains which was definitely made easier having Chuji to guide us. He imported lots of local knowledge at all of the locations as well as general Japanese knowledge and was a joy to be with during the tour.
    Written February 22, 2020
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    Thank you for booking with us and for taking the time to write a review! We are happy to know that you enjoyed being with Chuji and hearing about all kinds of things in Japan. Public transport in Japan can be tricky, but it also gives you an insight into everyday life of the Japanese people.
    Written March 27, 2020
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    melpreb
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Family
    We had an amazing family experience on the Kyoto Early Bird tour! We were very fortunate to have Naoko as our guide for the day, she was extremely kind and knowledgable and spoke excellent English. She was very good with our two children and took some great photos of our family. The tour was 5 hours which was the perfect amount of time and starting early meant we beat some of be crowds and had the afternoon to further enjoy Kyoto. We highly recommend this tour and thank you so much Naoko!
    Written December 20, 2023
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Naoko and had a great family experience. Thank you for your recommendation.
    Written December 23, 2023
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    Phillip B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    Yuri was our tour guide. I'm incredibly happy to say that we met the friendliest tour guide in Japan and enjoyed every moment with her, while learning about local temples and it's history. She was very knowledgeable about each of the sites we visited and was also able to give us other tips for our remaining time in Kyoto.
    We're incredibly glad that we did the tour early in the day as there was barely anyone there at each location, and we finished before everything got too busy. Yuri was an amazing asset to have while exploring, and learning the area from a local. We are so happy to have experienced this tour, and to have visited the areas in Kyoto.
    Miss Yuri was truly fantastic!
    Written August 5, 2022
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