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The right way to know Kyoto
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The right way to know Kyoto

By Kyoto Daily Tours
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Duration: 8h
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Live guide: English
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  • Expert guide
What's not included
  • Entrance tickets
  • Transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto
  • Entry/Admission - Ginkakuji Temple


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up our guests from any hotel inside Kyoto city and also at Kyoto station if you are coming by train. (This is a walking tour, it uses public transportation)
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 152504P1

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        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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        • Kyoto Daily Tours
          390
          Japan
          Joined in January 2016
        • danielmG896JV
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Tad is a legend
          We had such an amazing time touring through the city with Tad. He was so knowledgeable, helpful and even provided us a beautiful video of the day. We saw parts of Kyoto we never would have seen. Cannot recommend him enough.
          Written April 20, 2024
        • 767serenaw
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great introduction to Kyoto!
          We had a wonderful afternoon with Peter - Thank you! It was our first day in Kyoto and he was really able to go at our pace, share the history and also bits and pieces of anecdotal stories, just lovely! We hope to return soon! Highly recommended!
          Written March 24, 2024
        • luchij2022
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Exploring Kyoto with Friends
          My friends and I had an amazing time touring with Tad, our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable, explained things thoroughly, gave us plenty of time to explore our stops, and is an excellent driver and photographer. I’ve gone on other tours in the past where I would feel rushed or pressed for time, but this tour with Tad was very well-paced. I highly recommend Tad as a tour guide for anyone visiting Kyoto!
          Written March 20, 2024
        • 790berylc
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Kyoto walking tour in a day
          Juan is the best guide in Kyoto. We did a walking tour and went everywhere. He provided a lot of details on history around Kyoto which really fit me as a history junkie. Highly recommend him!
          Written February 16, 2024
        • kathymY4127UF
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great tour leader - Esteban.
          Thanks for an amazing day. We had Esteban show us the best sights and gave us a great insight into the history of Kyoto. He was very accommodating and adjusted the plan when our kids needed a break. Highly recommend this tour.
          Written January 13, 2024
        • ashmm1
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nice
          I don’t remember much since it was many years ago but we were able to get a nice tour and gained a lot of knowledge. Kyoto is a nice city.
          Written December 31, 2023
        • Benny S
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Tour Guide Juan Esteban Navarro
          Our tour guide, Juan Esteban Navarro, was absolutely the BEST! He was with us for three days and was an absolute professional and explained in great detail each location throughout our tours. We never felt rushed and he ALWAYS took into consideration our needs for food, shopping, etc. He was our guide for tours in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Inari and the Gion District. This vacation was by far one of the most memorable to date and Juan’s tours made it a key factor in making it a success! I HIGHLY recommend Juan Esteban Navarro for your tour guide needs. Hands down he’s the BEST!
          Written December 23, 2023
        • nathanandrea1
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Guided day tour of Kyoto
          Fantastic Day! Jose was an informative and friendly guide. We liked not having to decide which attractions and transport to catch during the day. Taken to amazing spots that we loved, Kyoto is so beautiful. You get a lot of steps up too! Jose, the guide who showed us around, is flexible if you want to stop and look at things and also if you don’t want to do things keep going to the next stop. He runs places by you to see what you’d most like and has recommendations for the day. Highly recommend. We loved our Kyoto Daily Tour!
          Written December 14, 2023
        • V S
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The right way to see Kyoto
          We had a delightful evening with Esteban. Seeing Gion in the evening is a perfect way to get a new perspective and avoid the crowds. Highly recommend
          Written November 6, 2023
        • janf360
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best first day in Kyoto
          At first we weren't sure about having a guide in a place like Kyoto, where it is so easy for a tourist to find big attractions, but we were quickly proven wrong. Having a guide is *highly recommended* and Kyoto Daily Tours did a fantastic job! Booking was easy and a small downpayment had to be made to confirm the tour. -The guide was easy to talk to and cared about adjusting our holiday to our preferences. -I particularly appreciated the efficient organization, so that we didn't waste time with the mediocre. Whenever we skipped a place our guide would explain why; for example "This alcove is not worth visiting in autumn, because it's meant for springtime cherryblossom viewing." Thanks to that we had no disappointments and felt our time was very well spent and respected. -They are very knowledgable and are happy to answer questions. You can just ask and look at what there is to see instead of reading signs and brochures. -Great Hidden Gem recommendations. -Save time by knowing the best photo spot and having someone with you to take the picture. -They helped us plan our day when we were exploring by ourselves again, which helped us immensely. We also immediately missed the benefits of enjoying a guided tour. Kyoto Daily Tours really helped us getting the most out of our time in Kyoto. Especially recommended for the first day!
          Written October 25, 2023
        • 523elishae
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fabulous hidden Kyoto
          Great tour. Informative and interesting. Nicolas speaks good and clear English. He was also very flexible and accommodating to our requests. What we loved most was his ‘secret alleys’ - little hidden lanes that led us off the usual tourist track to bring us to beautiful unexpected gardens and sights. He was patient, fun and knowledgeable. Highly recommend
          Written October 3, 2023
        • OzEnglishtraveller
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent half day private tour!
          My partner & I organised to have a 1/2 day tour through Kyoto Daily tours. Michael was very easy to deal with to set it up & our tour guide Tad was excellent! We could select the 3 places we wanted to visit & he drove us to each of those in his air conditioned car. We went to the Golden Pavilion, Bamboo Forest & Fushimi Inari shrine. Tad shared the history & a lot of interesting facts about each place. We highly recommend Kyoto Daily Tours!
          Written September 22, 2023
        • fishfillet
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Accommodating respectful tour guide made our visit enjoyable
          Our tour guide Tad was accommodating and respectful. Our young child fell sick during the trip and we had to change part of the plan. Tad made sure that we still get to learn as much about Kyoto as possible within our constrains. He even sent us pictures of the part of Kyoto that we did not manage to visit afterwards. We will be sure to visit Kyoto with Tad the next time we return as a family!
          Written July 16, 2023
        • G6835BKdavidg
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Greatest day tour!
          Absolutely fantastic full day Tour with Tad. We saw so much in a single day as he knew exactly where to go to make it as easy as possible. Highly recommend, especially if a few people or more, might as well run your own tour where you get to pick the stops and timing. Tad helped with the choices as well and picked the most amazing lunch stop, best meal in Japan so far!!!
          Written July 8, 2023
        • JonL473892
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          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Decent tour of Kyoto
          We hired Kyoto Daily Tours and they were flexible and did all that we contracted them to do. Our tour guide was efficient and very kind. My only slight complaint is that the tour guide lacked a lot of the historical knowledge of the sites we were visiting. Our guide was considerate and got us to all our destinations, so I'm not complaining too much, but compared to licensed Japanese tour guides we hired for other parts of our trip - there was a marked difference in topical knowledge of the sites we were seeing. I'm sure this is a great company to hire for photography and the various other tours they provide. I just found it a little lacking for historical tours.
          Written June 29, 2023
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        Michael B
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2021
        We had an absolutely fantastic tour of Kyoto with Javier! He is very personable, knowledgeable, and excited to show us his city! This was our first time to Kyoto, and we were able to visit several highlights of the city in one day, including the Thousand Torii gates (Fushimi-inari shrine), the Silver Pavillion, and the Gion District. A walking tour with Javier is 100% the best way to see Kyoto. The trip is so much more personal, he shows you little secrets you'd never know were there, and he makes the tours feel like its being led by a friend. Cannot recommend enough!
        Written December 27, 2021
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        Dear Mike and Carrie, the time spent with you was fantastic. Take care! :)
        Written December 28, 2021
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        Felicia A
        35 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2023 • Family
        Our guide, Adriano, was introduced to us via email before our visit, so he and I could discuss the itinerary for our full day tour of Kyoto well in advance. There were many places that my daughter and I wanted to visit and many experiences we wanted to have. Adriano not only ensured that we managed to tick off every one of them, but he also introduced other exciting and unusual aspects of Kyoto that we had not thought of! Touring with Adriano felt like spending time with a friend. He never looked at his watch even once because what was more important to him was making sure that we had a good time doing everything that we wanted to do. So don't hesitate to book a tour with Kyoto Daily Tours because their service and response time to clients' queries is excellent. Needless to say, having Adriano as your guide would definitely be the icing on the cake!
        Written September 21, 2023
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        Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and for sharing your experience with Adriano as your guide in Kyoto. We are delighted to hear that your tour exceeded expectations and that Adriano was able to not only cover all the places and experiences you hoped for but also introduce you to some unique and exciting aspects of Kyoto. It’s fantastic to know that your time with Adriano felt like spending the day with a friend. His dedication to ensuring that your visit was enjoyable and enriching, without feeling rushed, truly reflects the core values we hold at Kyoto Daily Tours. We aim to make every tour personal and memorable, and it sounds like Adriano did just that. We greatly appreciate your recommendation and are thrilled that you found our service and responsiveness to be excellent. Having Adriano as a guide is indeed a special treat, and we’re glad he could be the icing on your Kyoto adventure. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit and hope to continue making your experiences in Kyoto unforgettable.
        Written May 29, 2024
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        KMB646
        New York City, NY51 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2023 • Couples
        We had a fabulous day tour of Kyoto with Esteban! He prepared a perfect itinerary for us (just 2 guests) and we feel like we saw all of the best of Kyoto that is possible to squeeze into a day tour including the Torii Gates, incredible temples, zen gardens, and walking around various neighborhoods. He was open to itinerary adjustments based on specific interest, too.

        We had been in Japan for almost a week before doing this tour and he filled in so many gaps for us and answered so many questions while traversing Kyoto buy foot, train, and bus. Esteban is so knowledgable about the city and was fun to spend time with. I would highly recommend booking with Kyoto Daily Tours and especially with Esteban!
        Written November 30, 2023
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        Thank you for your fabulous review! We are delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful day exploring Kyoto with Esteban. His dedication to crafting a perfect itinerary and ensuring that you experienced the best of Kyoto in a single day is what makes him a remarkable guide. It's great to know that Esteban was able to adapt the tour to your specific interests and that he filled in the gaps from your previous days in Japan with his extensive knowledge. We strive to make each tour not just enjoyable but also enriching, and it sounds like Esteban accomplished just that. Thank you for your high recommendation of Esteban and Kyoto Daily Tours. We are thrilled that you chose us for your exploration of Kyoto and that Esteban was able to make your experience so memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future for more adventures in Japan!
        Written May 29, 2024
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        Davin M
        4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This was the perfect tour for our family of five (kids 11, 13 and 16).

        In the days leading up to the tour, our guide, Eriko, reached out via email to introduce herself and find out a little bit about us. She then customized the day for us (first time visitors).

        On the day of the tour Eriko met us at our hotel. She led us across the city on foot, train, bus and tram in a manner so efficient that we were able to see more in eight hours than we could have hoped to have seen in three days on our own, all the while provided us with invaluable information, history and context about the areas and sites we visited.

        Eriko was friendly, enthusiastic and fluent in English. Spending a day with her felt like spending a day with a friend.

        We are very thankful to have booked this tour and grateful for our time with Eriko.

        We cannot recommend this tour highly enough.
        Written December 31, 2022
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        We are striving to have the best guides in Kyoto and we are very pleased to hear you liked our services. Thank you so much!
        Written January 1, 2023
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        Christopher Young
        Bethesda, MD20 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2024 • Family
        Esteban was the perfect tour guide for our time in Kyoto. 8 hours is a long tour but he was so flexible with us to take it as fast as we wanted to more leisurely. I definitely recommend the Kansai Thru pass which allows you to use the buses and trains in Kyoto. Thanks Esteban and congrats on your marriage (he did the tour 2 days after his wedding!)!
        Written April 13, 2024
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        Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that Esteban was the perfect tour guide for your time in Kyoto. It's fantastic that his flexibility allowed you to enjoy the 8-hour tour at your own pace, whether fast or leisurely. We appreciate your recommendation of the Kansai Thru Pass, which indeed makes using buses and trains in Kyoto very convenient. I will also pass along your congratulations to Esteban on his recent marriage – it's amazing that he conducted the tour just two days after his wedding! Thank you for choosing us and for recommending our services. We look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures in Japan in the future.
        Written May 28, 2024
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        Robert L
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2023 • Couples
        Our tour of Kyoto with Tad on 8/6/23 was excellent! He created a great itinerary, and generously shared his extensive knowledge of the various shrines, temples and castles we visited in his large, comfortable, air conditioned car. He also took many posed and candid pictures throughout the day, and selected a wonderful restaurant for our lunch stop: an historically significant place with a beautiful garden. Heartily recommended!
        Written August 10, 2023
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        We're thrilled to hear that you had an excellent tour of Kyoto with Tad. It's wonderful to know that Tad crafted a great itinerary for you and shared his extensive knowledge of the local attractions. We're glad you found his car comfortable and enjoyed the pictures he took. It sounds like your lunch stop was also a highlight. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back for another memorable experience in the future!
        Written August 11, 2023
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        Mike F
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Esteban was a fantastic guide. He knew the history, he provided context, he mapped out a great route, and he was personable.

        We were really impressed with how he guided us through some of the most crowded areas by taking routes that avoided heavy traffic. He also went at our pace depending on our interest and our weariness (it was hot!). He knew the right spots to take pictures without being inconsiderate to others.

        I highly recommend this tour and Esteban as a guide.
        Written August 18, 2023
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        We're thrilled to hear about your positive experience with him during your tour. It's evident that he's not only knowledgeable but also skilled in providing a personalized and enjoyable journey through Kyoto. Navigating crowded areas efficiently and ensuring a comfortable pace for your group are definitely marks of a great guide. Thank you for your high recommendation of both the tour and Esteban. We greatly appreciate your feedback, and we hope you have created wonderful memories of Kyoto to cherish. If you ever plan to return or explore other parts of Japan, we'd be delighted to assist you again in the future. Safe travels!
        Written September 4, 2023
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        Navigator730824
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2023 • Couples
        This tour was incredible. If you're planning to visit Kyoto the right way, make sure not to overlook it. Our guide Esteban was great. He knew the history, he provided context, he mapped out a great route, and he was personable.

        We were really impressed with how he guided us through some of the most crowded areas by taking routes that avoided heavy traffic. He also went at our pace depending on our interest and our weariness (it was hot!). He knew the right spots to take pictures without being inconsiderate to others.
        He even texted me afterward with recommendation where to go the next day.
        I highly recommend this tour and Esteban as a guide.
        Written September 11, 2023
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        Thank you so much for your incredible review! We are thrilled to hear that your tour of Kyoto with Esteban was such a positive experience. Esteban prides himself on his knowledge of the city and his ability to provide a seamless, enjoyable tour experience, and it sounds like he did exactly that for you. It’s wonderful to know that his approach to navigating crowded areas and his attentiveness to your group's pace and comfort during the heat made your day both enjoyable and comfortable. We're also glad to hear that his recommendations for photo spots and additional activities were helpful. Thank you for recommending our tour and Esteban as a guide. We truly appreciate your endorsement and are delighted that we could contribute to making your visit to Kyoto memorable. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the future!
        Written May 29, 2024
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        Milagros V
        Shinjuku, Japan1 contribution
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2022 • Friends
        Javier is a great guide who is passionated about Kyoto and knows a lot of historical and current information about the city. We learned a lot about the culture. He managed the time very well and allowed us to take breaks whenever we needed . I will definitely recommend this tour.
        Written October 1, 2022
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        We are very happy to hear that. We will keep trying hard to improve our service even more!
        Written October 2, 2022
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        FarAway752144
        8 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This was a really nice experience. If you want to learn more about the history of major Japanese sites, then this tour is for you. You can select 4-5 sights from the attraction list to go to. Our guide, Tad, then drove us to the 4 places we picked. It felt very safe in his car, & it was also adjusted to the hot summer weather as well, so it was comfortable sitting inside. At each place, he answered all our questions, on top of providing explanations for what these places were made for. He translated all of the signs, & overall, made it a very knowledgeable experience. Completing your exercise goals is a small bonus on top, since most of these sites do not allow cars & require you to walk for several hours on end. Overall, I believe that you should definitely take this tour.
        Written July 31, 2023
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        Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us! We are absolutely thrilled to hear that our tour left a positive and lasting impression on you. Tad's commitment to your safety and comfort is commendable, and we're pleased to know that you felt at ease during the tour, even in the midst of the hot summer weather. It's always our priority to provide an enjoyable and educational experience for our guests. Your kind words about Tad's explanations, translations, and overall expertise warm our hearts. We are incredibly proud to have guides like him, who are passionate about sharing the rich culture and history of Japan.
        Written August 1, 2023
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