An Exclusive Tour of Japan's Finest City
Let's get right down to it: You want to the best experience possible in Kyoto, and KyoTours Japan wants to provide it for you. You've already perused our other tours and read about what makes us special, so you know we take touring in Kyoto very seriously, but we're about to take it to a whole other level. This where our Premium Kyoto Tour comes in.
Each Premium Kyoto Tour is special. It's YOUR tour. There's no set itinerary that we force on you. After some initial consultation with guests, we'll suggest a plan for the day based on your interests and how much time you want to spend sightseeing. We know Kyoto like the back of our hand, and we'll put that knowledge to good use to carefully craft a perfect day for you that will be unlike anything else anyone else can offer.
With a private luxury van to chauffeur us around the city, we'll explore the popular sightseeing spots as well as hidden gems that other visitors skip over. This will be a day like no other, an in-depth look at Kyoto culture in a relaxed and enjoyable setting with an expert guide at your disposal.
Beyond our already high level of customer service and dedication to your satisfaction, we offer the following additional points for our Premium Kyoto Tour:
All Inclusive Package
The tour price covers all entry tickets, activity costs, snacks, and transportation and parking fees. Unlike many other tours, you don't have to cover your guide's entry fees. Sit back and enjoy the experience without fumbling for your wallet throughout the day... we got it covered!
No crowded trains or slow city buses are used for this tour. All transportation is via private luxury van, providing a comfortable ride between locations. Perfect for the hot or cold seasons when walking can leave you drained and uncomfortable, and convenient storage for any souvenirs you might pick up during the day. Snacks and beverages are provided on full day tours.
Got a list of places you want to see? We can make it happen. Prefer to leave the planning to us? Let us surprise you with an exciting itinerary full of variety and beauty. We love a good challenge to meet your interests and show you the best side of Kyoto. For example, we can create a day based on gardens or architecture, shopping for traditional crafts, or simply seeing some of Kyoto's most popular sightseeing spots. Perhaps even a hands-on cultural activity to give you a close up appreciation for the city's heritage?
Guaranteed Flexibility and Fluent Communication
Unlike many other tour companies, KyoTours is happy to rework the tour on the fly and make sure you are experiencing Kyoto that way you want. Adding in a stop for shopping, spending extra time in a garden, picking up a coffee, or reworking the day completely if you're starting to feel "templed out" are all doable with us. Because there is no language or cultural barrier between you and your KyoTours guide, you're free to speak your mind about things and let us know if you want to make changes. Feel free to ask all those unique questions you aren't able to ask Japanese guides!
Exclusive Dining Options
When it's time for lunch, you can choose from a number of dining options. Some choice include: a lavish multi-course kaiseki meal, Kyoto's best temple-style tofu, a perfectly fried tempura feast, Zen vegetarian fare, or our favorite hole-in-the-wall local sushi spot that you would never find on your own. The options are plentiful, and the choice is yours.
Let us suggest some dinner locations as well, and we're happy to call for reservations for you.
Each tour is guided by the highest rated foreign tour guide in Kyoto on Trip Advisor. Don't just take our word for it, read the reviews for yourself. Having a guide that you can easily communicate and connect with is an integral part of the KyoTours experience. You'll be free to ask detailed questions and get thoughtful answers, as well as gain an insight into Japanese culture and life that only a fellow foreigner can offer. Quality time with a foreign local who is well versed in the city's culture is not easy to come by, and for the duration of your Premium Kyoto Tour your guide is at your disposal to provide tips and info to help you plan manage the rest of your time in the city as your personal concierge.
Using a private vehicle allows us to visit sights not included in our regular walking tour itineraries. From gardens where we might be the only visitors to temples with fascinating stories most tourists don't get to hear, you can experience some of our favorite spots not in the guidebooks. Guaranteed to take you to places off the beaten path that will leave you breathless... and your Instagram followers jealous!
Optional Afternoon Traditional Tea
Stop for an optional break in the afternoon at one of Kyoto's most famous teahouses and sample some of Kyoto's famous matcha green tea and wagashi sweets, included in the tour price. A great way to get a glimpse into the famous Kyoto tea culture. For guests with a deeper interest in tea, we have a few special connections up our sleeve that we'd love to share with you...
The Premium Kyoto Tour
Duration: Customizable from 2 hours to 8 hours
Group size: Due to vehicle restrictions, this tour is limited to four guests max
Price: Detailed price info available upon request, varies by itinerary
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Tour price includes all temple and garden admission fees, transportation costs, activities and workshops, and optional tea service.
Guests may be responsible for any additional food and drink not outlined in the itinerary during the tour.
Itinerary subject to change due to seasonal changes in temple hours, special events, transportation delays, weather, or other factors. Guests will be kept informed of any itinerary changes as they occur on the day of the tour.
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