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Kyoto, City of Culture Private Afternoon Tour Including Entry to Tofukiji

  • Explore Kyoto with a guide so you don’t get lost

  • No waiting in line—entry to Tofukiji Temple included

  • A private tour means you have direct access to your guide for questions

Kyoto, City of Culture Private Afternoon Tour Including Entry to Tofukiji
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Kyoto, City of Culture Private Afternoon Tour Including Entry to Tofukiji
From US$126.01

Japan’s former capital Kyoto is known for being Japan’s city of culture. By going on a private tour, you’ll have a more personalized experience. You won’t have to worry about getting lost as you’ll explore the city with a guide. Save time waiting in line, as entry to Tofukiji Temple is included. Your guide will take you to multiple beautiful sites including the filming location of Memoirs of a Geisha—Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Gion District.

What to Expect

Experience the temples, shrines and gardens that make Kyoto Japan’s capital of culture on this unique private tour of the city. Founded as the national capital more than 1,200 years ago, Kyoto originally developed as a centre of aristocratic culture, and is most famous for its Zen gardens and Geisha traditions.

On this Kyoto tour, you'll discover some of the magic of the city through cultural explorations and local experiences, all with your own personal local guide to lead the way. First we'll head to one of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional, yet modern, Zen garden, this is a great place to escape to a relaxed atmosphere in the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the monks who continue to live and study here.

Next we walk through a nice local residential neighbourhood to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Home to a seemingly endless stretch of iconic red torii gates spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this shrine is a world unto itself. Walk through snaking corridors of red gates, made famous in the film Memoirs of Geisha, stopping to admire the shrines and many fox statues. Major photo opportunity alert!

As the sun begins to set on the Toriis, we leave behind the foxes and head to Gion, famously known as Kyoto’s Geisha district. This area was the model for Memoirs of Geisha, and it comes alive with people and lights in the evening. Stroll past the 17th-century traditional restaurants and teahouses, many of which are still exclusive establishments for Geisha entertainment, see the theatres and traditional shops, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter.

This iconic neighbourhood makes for the ideal end to this private Kyoto city tour, and is sure to leave you completely enthralled with this dynamic city.

Reviews (23)
1 - 5 of 23 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great tour

This was a great tour run by Yuta. We all really enjoyed the tour and Yuta was very personable. All places visited were very interesting.

Thank Chris A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great experience and a wonderful guide.

We were lucky enough to have Yuta take us around for the afternoon and have a fabulous time. Yuta was very personable and knowledgeable & we saw some amazing parts of Kyoto. Yuta was fantastic with our children, aged 7 & 9, and I would...More

Thank Matt S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great Tour!

Our City of Culture afternoon tour was very interesting and informed us of some important aspects of Japanese Culture... Sean was a great guide!

Thank Brenton S
Reviewed 13 September 2018
Great walking tour*

Mr. Miyake Nobumasa is a wonderful guide, and a very good man! My daughter and I enjoyed the tour very much! Wonderful experience!

Thank Camisi
Reviewed 24 August 2018
kyoto urban adventure tour august 2018

Excellent tour. Our guide was really helpful Joao Nabais. He tooks us on a different train line, not JR, to visit the Tofukiji temple and shrine - amazing. He looked after us, carried water, and was very informative. I would recommend this tour to others

Thank Denise S
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16 August 2018|
Response from EF100 | Reviewed this property |
Meet up is around 2pm at Kyoto Station - Tour Ends around 5pm in the Goin district - Suggest hanging out in Goin until ~ 6:30pm to see Geisha in the street.
10 May 2018|
Response from EF100 | Reviewed this property |
I was able to join as a solo traveler and paid for one person. There was another solo traveler in our group.