Kyoto Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Spend the day with one of our hosts and visit 1500 temples – wait, just kidding, that would be impossible in a day. You’ll explore the city, experiencing a taste of what makes it so unmissable. Walk through its enchanting, historic streets and marvel at the traditional wooden architecture. Discover iconic attractions like the Golden Pavilion, the Kinkaku-ji Temple or explore areas like the geisha district of Gion.

Within 24 hours after booking you’ll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you’ll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
* Duration: 7 hours
* Starts: Kyoto, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Spend the day with one of our hosts and visit 1500 temples – wait, just kidding, that would be impossible in a day. You’ll explore the city, experiencing a taste of what makes it so unmissable. Walk through its enchanting, historic streets and marvel at the traditional wooden architecture. Discover iconic attractions like the Golden Pavilion, the Kinkaku-ji Temple or explore areas like the geisha district of Gion.

Within 24 hours after booking you’ll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you’ll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.

Itinerary
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Pass By: Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0007 Kyoto Prefecture

Ethereal bamboo forests, monkeys, hidden temples and perfectly preserved Saga-Toriimoto Street.

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Bamboo Forest Street, Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto 616-8394 Kyoto Prefecture

The bamboo forest might be the main reason to visit Arashiyama, but with a host, you can see (and do) so much more. Explore Tenryū-ji Temple and its garden that stands unchanged from centuries ago, and exit into the seemingly endless, emerald-glowing Bamboo Grove, winding dreamily uphill.

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Monkey Park Iwatayama, 8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0022 Kyoto Prefecture

You could walk across the glittering Katsura River and spy excited macaques at the Arashiyama Monkey Park, or you could wander between Zen temples, breathing in the fragrant air and celebrate the spirit of ancient Japan with a traditional kaiseki meal.

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture

Explore the city’s nearby geisha district, Gion, where you’ll find lantern-lit izakaya and street entertainment. As the sun sets, search for mesmerizing geishas in lantern-lit Gion, where winding down with your host over a multi-course kaiseki dinner or draft beer in an intimate izakaya is the perfect way to end a perfect day.

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Japan

See the sights that put Kyoto on any traveler’s bucket list, like the wood-built streets of Higashiyama

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862 Kyoto Prefecture

Explore ancient architecture – from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to hilltop Kiyomizu-dera – and see those less-frequented, like Yasaka Pagoda and its secret upstairs viewpoint.

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Japan

For a history lesson in central Kyoto, head to Fushimi and Nishijin – the old sake brewing and weaving districts

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Nishiki Market Shopping District, Nakauoyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture

Visit centuries-old Nishiki Market for the city’s best street food. Satisfy your sweet tooth on a sugar rush through Japan’s history, where each region (and season) has a different style of intricately designed wagashi – bite-sized, pastel-colored confections usually served at teahouses along with uji matcha, Kyoto’s quality green tea. Chew through sticky, satisfying mochi, a traditional pounded rice cake often filled with sweet red bean paste. At Nishiki Market, crunch into a variety of sugar-coated adzuki beans, amanattō, or snack on senbei – fresh, crispy rice crackers that can be savory or sweet. Matcha fans will be spoilt for choice: ice-cream, cake, cookies… you name it, Kyoto’s got it. Over a glass of cold plum juice, ask your host for the perfect place to grab takeaway treats to tuck into later.

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Kamo River, Kyoto, Japan

With your host, you’ll experience Kyoto’s popular pastimes – from watching the sunset over Kamo River to taking a 30-minute train ride north to the Kurama onsen, Japan’s natural hot springs.

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Pass By: Nishijin Textile Center, Horikawa Dori, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture

Perhaps catch a kimono show in Nishijin, sample sake at an old factory in Fushimi, or, if you’re visiting during spring, join in the tradition of a festive hanami picnic beneath blooming cherry blossoms in the botanical gardens

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences