We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Private 1 Day Kyoto Tour Including Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Golden Pavillion

Select Date and Travelers
2 travelers
What to Expect
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Nijo-jo Castle Public Bathroom, Japan, 〒604-8371 京都市中京区Nakagyō-ku, Nijōjōchō, 押小路神泉苑通

"Nijyo-jo Castle" (World Heritage): only castle still left in Kyoto, where you can see gorgeous paintings on the wall & doors. This place also marks the event that the last Shogun returned the governing power to the Emperor, which is called "Meiji Restoration".

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kinkakuji Temple, 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361 Kyoto Prefecture

"Kinkaku-ji Temple" (World Heritage): It is known as the Golden Pavilion. Besides the pavilion, you can see the Japanese garden, Mirror pond, tea house, and worship hall.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Arashiyama, Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383 Kyoto Prefecture

"Arashiyama district": one of the most pleasant, scenic district in the north-western Kyoto with Tenryu-ji Temple, renowned as an original Japanese-style garden (World Heritage), and Togetsu-kyo (moon crossing bridge) Bridge over the picturesque Katsura river, including Bamboo Groves. Monkey park is popular in recent years.

Duration: 2 hours
Show More
Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Please let us know your hotel
Departure Time
9:00 AM
  • Professional Guide fee
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation fee for customers and guide (From a hotel to a hotel; 1,200 yen)
  • Admissions for customers for 3 places (2,200 yen per person)
  • Lunch - for customers and guide(around 1200 yen per person)
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo-jo Castle Public Bathroom
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Arashiyama
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Be the first to write a review
Updating list...

This tour hasn't been reviewed quite yet; however, this tour's operator has 17 reviews.

By: Nippon PLUS
17 Reviews
shomon z
Mount Fuji tour
It is a shame we only went up to fifth level of mount Fuji. But for those not good with high altitude this is amazing experience. The people of Japan are so helpful and always willing to help. Amazing trip and will do it again this time to go right up to the too of mount Fuji.
Read more
Melbourne, Australia
Stunning.......but Join the queue
Stunning temple seemingly suspended in a perfect setting....however Japan has a terrible problem; the “tourist trudge”. Yes, I’m one of them, but when I pay so much to visit all these wonderful heritage sights, I expect some crowd control, both quality (spitting, pushing, shouting, littering, the ubiquitous selfie stick) and quantity; (hundreds of coaches, so many bodies crushed into one space, no sense of the spiraling destruction of this experience). As ever, no other language interpretation, so much of the nuance is lost. I’ve chosen not to go to several sites in Kyoto after hearing reports of poorly managed crowds....it’s like the Sistine, I don’t think it’s entirely driven by greed, just a failure to make policy to curtail the unsustainable “box ticking” visitors who have no real appreciation or desire to understand theses ethereal spaces and places...
Read more
Individualized itinerary
I planned out what exactly we wanted to do in the time we had, and the guide was happy to oblige. Our guide was great, as was his English. He took us everywhere we planned, which saved a ton of time for us to navigate all the different areas of Tokyo. The company, not the guide, needs to work on lunch program.The cost for the day extremely pricey so there should be at least a minimum amount of yen the guides know they should spend; they have no idea what we spend. I am not sure I would spend the entire day again due to cost and value. I think I would do a half day.
Read more
Excellent tour guide with great knowledge of sites and their history
Our tour guide, Hiro, had a vast amount of knowledge to share. When we first met him, he asked us what our main interest in the sites was, and we told him the history. He tailored his tours to the history of both locations, and he knew a lot of interesting facts and stories. Very nice tour!
Read more
New York City, New York
Glad We Booked This at the Begining of Our Trip to Tokyo
We booked this walking tour for the morning after we arrived in Tokyo as a way to get a better lay of the land. We’re so glad we did, because it made us feel more comfortable navigating the remainder of our trip on our own, and we went back to certain spots we wanted to check out further later that week. Five hours was perfect, since we knew we’d be jet-lagged. Plus, the tour hits some great highlights of Tokyo. Our tour guide, Takao, was very friendly and knowledgeable, and he was very accommodating of our requests to linger longer in some spots. Overall, we’re very glad to have booked this private walking tour!
Read more
Best guide to Tokyo
Yuuko (Anji) was a fantastic guide who went above and beyond to make it a great tour, suitable for adults and kids alike. It was a fantastic introduction to the city and she put together a wonderful annotated picture library for us as a souvenir. There was a lot of walking but rest breaks made it well paced unlike other private tours - highly recommended!
Read more
Marcy S
Great guide - Yuuko
there were four of us on a private tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We walked and took the subway, which was fun in itself. Yuuko took pictures of us at all of our stops and then sent us the pictures along with the personal detail of our tour. We only had a short time in Toyko and we hit a good number of the spots to give us a great taste of the city. Highly recommend.
Read more
Sydney, Australia
Nijo & Golden Temple by public bus
Please be aware that this tour is a walking tour with transportation by public bus. You must pay ¥690 (US$6) in bus fares for each member of your group and this includes your guide's bus fare. Not sure why they didn't include this in the price. Buy a 24hr bus pass to save time and money. The two sites visited were spectacular and the guide was excellent. The tour was a private tour so only those in your party attend. We did two tours on this trip and both guides were retired Japanese men in there 70s. We were surprised to have guides of such an age however they were both very good.
Read more
What an education ..thanks Hiroki
My tour with Hiroki was so thorough. Before the personalized tour, he asked me what I have already seen and what I'm interested in. He catered the tour, accordingly and even had a documented itinerary minute by minute to ensure I got to my night time destination timely. I learned a lot about the history of Tokyo and was very pleased in every manner. Hiroki was very genuine and even adjusted the lunch plans for a seafoodless meal (in tsujki market) and the chicken place was absolutely amazing. Thanks again Hiroki!
Read more
Aswin W
Singapore, Singapore
Hakone Tour
I took the private customised your of hakone area. The good 1. Very nice guide . Friendly and knowledgeable. 2. With small children, itinerary was manageable - beautiful and serene. The bad - 1. Please note that the travel costs are completely additional. The cost charged by Viator ($467) is purely for the guide - pick up and accompanying. Additional cost of $65 per person is needed for the trip travel costs. So all in all, it cost me close to $800 for this tour. If you are travelling without kids, just booking the travel and ship and ropeway online would cost you only $45 per person( no need for romance car which is $20 additional).
Read more
San Antonio, Texas
Interesting and educational
We had a very interesting visit to Kamakura. This is a nice day trip to see the Japanese people, traditions and culture outside Tokyo. A wonderful day.
Read more
Make sure you.....know your booking..
Tsukiji market is amazing ( seen on previous visit) and so is Hamarikyu Garden. , Unfortunately, we did this on our own but hoped to have a private tour this time around, but due to changes beyond our control = weather, and booking changes made by the local agent it didn't happen. The local agent called our hotel on Friday evening to cancelled the tour for Saturday, due to an impending storm on Saturday. Initially, I agreed, since, I thought the guide understood we had another scheduled appointment on the same day (Monday) in a different area (Ginza) at 11am a different prefecture (area) from where he was gong to leave us. The local guide said " no need to worry", he would delete the water bus trip to Asakusa to make the tour fit into a lesser time schedule. After checking with our concierge at the hotel regarding distance and time, they said I would be late or very rushed to get from one place to another. Hence, I notified via email on Saturday Trip Advisor to cancelled the tour for Monday, since local numbers are not supplied and you are required to cancel online. Trip Advisor's initial email received 7/28 said our email was received and credit would take a few days. Then on Monday at 3am the day of the tour, Trip Advisor, advised ME to contact the local agent - a local phone number was provided at that time to contact. NEEDLESS to say, I called at 7:30am that morning left a message, no call back. At 8am I had the hotel concierge call and I was connect to an agent at the agency. He said he would have to call me back. He phoned later and informed me the tour guide was on his way to the hotel. I don't know if it was a language barrier with the local agent, but he seemed to think that I was concerned about the cost and he said I would be charged less because of only doing 1/2 the scheduled tour. HE didn't get I WANTED TO CANCEL the entire tour for credit because of other plans and that the tour guide said he would shorten the tour to make it fit. REGARDLESS of following the rules, I was charged the full fee and only the partial refund was issued for the cutting out the Water Bus Trip to Asakusa . SO BEWARE, if you have scheduled several different tours. Don't be swayed, you can always re-book later because the consequence are costly.
Read more
Sydney, Australia
Much walking but worthwhile
Picked up at hotel on time and first up was the Hongwanji Buddhist shrine with Indian influenced architecture built from stone. Next door is the Tsukiji fish markets. Main part was closed unfortunately due to a public holiday but the outer markets were in full swing with every conceivable fish or crustacean either on sale or on offer in the eateries there. Fresh shucked oysters (10 varieties at one store) and some barbecued baby octopus from a street stand were delicious. A staggering display and education. Hamarikyu Gardens being the former riverside gardens of the palace are beautifully manicured with specimen trees and history hundreds of years old, lakes dotted with imperial tea houses, streams and picnic lawns bringing solitude to the city. A ferry ride up and down the river showing the diversity of architecture in office building and residential areas along both banks was fascinating and as seems everything in Japan - manicured. We walked through the quaint shopping and eating area of Kugurazaka street in Shinjuku-ku as a finale to this Tokyo enlightening tour A 7.5/10 from LDC.
Read more
Houston, Texas
Must See! Mt. Fuji, Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Shrine, and Kubota Art Museum
Shout out to Tomoko-San for making this tour very easy and enjoyable. We chose to visit Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Shrine and Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. I’m not an art person but the Kubota Art Museum was a bit nature mix with art. The kimonos were beautiful and the story is very interesting. Outside the museum is a little walk way to experience the mini forest that surrounds it. We walked by the shore and stopped for a lunch break and went to the Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Shrine. Mt. Fuji was shy that day and was covered with clouds but we were able to see the top of it. What a beautiful sight! I am glad Tomoko-San was with us. She explained to my friend and I what to do when you go to a shrine and translated everything for us. It would of been very difficult for us if we did not have her to help guide us. Tomoko-San is very knowledgeable and very patient with us. My friend and I took this tour the 2nd day we landed in Japan. We stayed in Tokyo and didn’t know how long the train plus the bus ride was. We were 30 mins late to meet Tomoko-San but glad she waited for us. Tomoko-san explained the journey and history to Mt. Fuji and how the entrance is from the Kitaguchi Hongu Sensen Shrine. I am definitely interested in coming back to climb Mt. Fuji! The only regret is it wasn't a full day tour. There is definitely a lot to see with so little time.
Read more
Time well spent
We were fortunate in having an excellent guide. Zushi was local and had an amazing store of knowledge combined with a great personality - he made the trip! I found the hundreds of small statues at the Hase Temple quite emotional, the gardens were beautiful. The Great Buddha is certainly impressive. A special highlight was the fact that a wedding was taking place at the Tsurugaoka Hachimango Shrine and we were able to witness the whole procession and hear the traditional musicians - what a privilege! Our lunch was excellent. We made our own way back to Tokyo - the trains are so organised and efficient that anyone with half a grain of common sense can travel by themselves in Japan.
Read more
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Private 1 Day Kyoto Tour Including Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Golden Pavillion staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall: