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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!


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Private Transportation

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.


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Customizable Itineraries

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?

Our Premium Kyoto Tour is completely customizable, but here are some ideas for an exciting full day tour:

  • Begin the day with the city's most impressive sight: Sanjusangendo, the hall of 1001 golden Buddha statues. An amazing must-see that will rank as one of your all-time favorite travel spots.

  • Visit one of Kyoto's best "secret" temples in the hills above the city. Roam the narrow halls, drink spring water from a 1200 year old well, and enjoy a locals-only spot without all the crowds.

  • Get a hands-on feel for Kyoto's culinary scene at a workshop where we can craft traditional wagashi sweets. Great for families or anyone with a sweet tooth! (advance reservation required)

  • Enjoy one of many premium lunch options. Sushi? Tempura? Tofu? A lavish multicourse kaiseki feast? It's up to you. Vegetarian options available.

  • Ever had a garden knock you speechless with its quiet beauty? We know a few hidden landscapes that are guaranteed to leave you in awe. (If you happen to love Zen gardens, be sure to let us know!)

  • Interested in local crafts? We can arrange a visit to the workshop of one of Kyoto's most talented ceramic artists for a hands on pottery lesson. High end shopping for other crafts is available as well.

  • Discover our favorite spot in Kyoto, where creativity and Buddhism collide in a stunning display. Witness art on a grand scale and meet the unique priests who live at this amazing temple.

  • Squeeze in one more sightseeing spot, maybe something popular like lavish Nijo Castle or a lesser known walk down Kyoto's most haunted street (ghost sighting not guaranteed, sorry!)

  • Finish the day with a bowl of matcha tea and traditional wagashi sweets at one of Kyoto's oldest tea houses while planning the rest of your time in Kyoto with expert insider tips from your guide.


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!

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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.


Unparalleled Expertise

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.

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Secret Locations

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

Please use the contact form below for more information

We toured with Terin and that tour was one of our favorite things we did while in all of Japan. Kyoto is amazing in the way that it is a large city but doesn’t overwhelm like Tokyo can do. It holds so much historic richness, that can still been seen and felt today. And Terin does not miss a detail when walking you through this amazing city. He can help you understand things going on around you that you aren’t even aware of. And as an American, his ability to communicate the Japanese culture is flawless.
— Jessica from USA (via Trip Advisor)

To  inquire about scheduling and pricing please use the contact form below. Please answer the survey questions to help us suggest the perfect itinerary for you.

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If there's anywhere in Kyoto that you've already heard about that you want to visit, or a a specific food or activity you'd like to try, please let us know.

Additional information

  • 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.

  • Please read our terms and conditions for more information before booking.