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Our Mission

At KyoTours, we show our guests how to not only enjoy the scenic beauty of Kyoto, but to better understand and truly appreciate the culture that the city has to offer.

From a short afternoon walking tour to a full day tour of the ancient capital, KyoTours will deliver an experience that promises to leave you with not only great memories of what you saw, but a deeper understanding of why Kyoto is Japan's most beloved city. Don't just take our word for it, read what our guests have said about their Kyoto experience at our Trip Advisor page!

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How Our Tours Are Different

With KyoTours, you won't be corralled onto a bus or made to wait for other members of a group to show up. Your private tour guide won't just be a paid employee doing their job, but a friendly local showing you around town because they want you to fall in love with Kyoto the same way they have.

Additionally, we strive to meet the interests of our guests, and present information and tell stories that we think they will enjoy. Too many visitors to Kyoto who book with other companies complain that they were unable to understand their guide, or that the guide focused on information that the guests found uninteresting.

Also, Japanese tour companies are infamous for their lack of flexibility and limited variety of tours. At KyoTours, we offer a wide selection of activities that are sure to match your interests, and we pride ourselves on being able to craft a new itinerary at a moment's notice if your plans or interests change.

We're sure we can offer you a memorable experience that exceeds your expectations. Check out our tours page to view our selection of experiences, or contact us for more information.

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What We Do

Our tours are specifically crafted to show off the hidden gems and lesser-visited sights of Kyoto, as well as make sure you are able to visit the must-see spots that make Kyoto the number one tourist destination in the world. Many of our tours are offered as half day experiences, but can be easily expanded into full day adventures.

Also, we offer custom tours that will manage to surprise and delight you. Either leave it up to us to craft a special itinerary for you, or if there's somewhere that you want to visit that you don't see listed in our tours, there's a good chance we can create a custom-designed tour that will take you there. This goes for experiences as well, so if there's a certain food you just have to try or a particular handicraft you want to partake in, we can do our best to make it happen.

Multiple day tours are available as well. If you think you might want to spend extra time at certain locations, or stop for shopping along the way, why not book a multiple day tour with us and experience Kyoto at your own pace?

Additionally, we also lead tours out into other regions of Kansai, the central area of Japan. A few days in Kyoto is complemented well with a day trip to see the older capital of Nara, and KyoTours can take you there. Additionally, KyoTours can arrange an exclusive tour of Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture, a magnificent historic Buddhist retreat high in the mountains. These excursions are an excellent way to get a feel for other parts of Japan while using Kyoto as a convenient base to explore from.