Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto, Japan
Full Day Kyoto Private Custom Walking Tour

From USD 240.00

per group (up to 6)

Select Date and Travellers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Private tour of Kyoto with optional half-day or full-day itinerary
  • Customize the itinerary according to personal interests
  • Tick off Kyoto highlights including the Golden Pavilion, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Kiyomizu area, Gion
  • Entrance fees, transportation fees and lunch (you & guide) are not included

What's Included

  • Professional, local guide
  • Hotel pickup (drop-off to preferred location)
  • Private tour
  • Entrance fees to temples (for yourself and guide)
  • Lunch fee (for yourself and guide)
  • Transportation fee (for yourself and guide)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Kyoto Station
    Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

[Meetup] Please let us know your hotel for arranging your meetup with the guide. You can meet the guide at your hotel. Without it, we will change your meetup point as Kyoto Station ------------------------------ If you stay in Airbnb, send us the followings. -Address -Building name *if it has specific name -Document about the access to the building *Most of Airbnb host provides it -Photo of the outlooks of the building In Japan, address is not enough information to specify where your Airbnb is. That's why we require those information. If you could not provide any document about access, photo of the building, or building name, we will arrange your meetup somewhere to meet up more easily --------------------------------- If we could not have your hotel name or airbnb information 3 days before your tour day, we will arrange your meetup at Kyoto Station.

What To Expect

At a time prearranged with your guide, launch straight into a discussion of your upcoming itinerary and inform your guide of attractions and areas that capture your attention.

Depending on what sparks your interest, you’ll visit select Kyoto sites: if you’re a foodie, discover the culinary wonderland of Nishiki Food Market; history buffs will love the 8th-century Kiyomizu Temple while fans of modern architecture will be blown away by Kyoto Station.

Other Kyoto highlights include the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), a three-storey pagoda that floats on a forest-shrouded lake, and Nijo Castle, with its spectacular artworks and gold leaf ceilings.

However you decide to spend your day, your tour concludes with drop-off at your preferred location.

Kinkakuji Temple

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Bamboo Forest Street

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Ryoanji Temple

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Sanjusangendo Temple

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Ginkakuji Temple

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Nishiki Market Shopping District

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Nijo Castle

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Pontocho District (Pass By)

Tenryuji Temple

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Kyoto Imperial Palace

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Philosopher's Walk (Pass By)

Monkey Park Iwatayama

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Nijo Castle

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Tofuku-ji Temple

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This is a walking tour. We don't use a private van. We take a public transportation during the tour. That cost is not included and depending on your destination and hotel.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please provide your hotel information. Without it, we could not arrange your meetup.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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125 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-10 of 125 reviews
We had an amazing 1 1/2 days of walking tour with Akiko
Jeff_D, Sept 2023
Akiko was the best tour guide of our trip. She brought everything to life. We learned so much about what we were seeing. She is amazing—we’d recommend her to anyone!
Kyoto day out
Iryna_G, July 2023
We had a great day in Kyoto with our guide Akiko, who had a vast knowledge about Japan’s history, traditions and customs in addition to great attention to details. Highly recommend!
Naomi rocks
Karen_M, July 2023
Naomi is very personable, knowledgeable and very patient. Naomi genuinely cared about our experience and wanted to go smoothly. She did a lot of research about handicap accessibility which made using public transportation a breeze. I recommend her tours highly.
3 temples 1 fantastic day
Chad_B, July 2023
If you want to see temples in Kyoto this is the tour for you. We obsulately loved our guide Akiko. She was able to engagae with our entire family (my wife and I along with our two teenage boys). We ended up doing three temples: Kinkaku-ji, Thousand Pillar Temple (Fushimi Inari Shrine) and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. Each temple was amazing and unique with so much history. Akiko navigated us through Kyoto to make sure we saw all three. Great exerpience. We learned a lot. It was one the highlights of our trip to Japan.
Local Guide with Emi
Jacquelyn_D, June 2023
Our family had a wonderful tour with Emi. She was able to give us information that we wouldn’t have been able to read on a placard on our own. I appreciate how she adapted our tour to the interests of my teenagers. It was a jam-packed, fun-filled day that our family will never forget!
Quite an expensive and long day out!
Roopal_R, June 2023
Our guide was good - knowledgeable about the landmarks. However, we felt that we weren't given any options or guidelines on timings! We ended up waiting for the bus for a long time only to discover it actually arrived and left from the opposite side of the road! Then we had a another wait and were back at the end of the queue! If we were told you could get a taxi and it would cost x and take x time vs a bus, we would have been able to make and informed decision! The destinations and timelines felt a bit out of kilt too! Also, what was not clear in the Viator description was that we would have to pay for the guides transportation and her lunch! We knew we had to pay for our but it was not clear we had to pay for hers!
Fun and Insightful Tour with Yasuna
Devan_T, May 2023
Our day in Kyoto with Yasuna was fantastic. We went to four major sites in Kyoto. Yasuna did a fabulous job explaining the history of each site and why they were important. It was a really fun day. Of the three guides we have had so far in Japan, Yasuna has easily been the best. I highly recommend her to anyone, particularly tourists who want an insightful and in depth explanation to each of Kyoto's fascinating sites.
Amazing Kyoto tour
Jenna_A, Apr 2023
We had an absolute blast during our half day tour with Akiko. She was so friendly and knowledgeable, and went out of her way to make sure we saw everything we wanted to. We learned a lot about the history of Japan and what makes Kyoto so special. She spent extra time with us, and we even saw not one but TWO geishas while walking through Gion. I highly recommend this tour!
Golden Pavillion and Fushimi Inari Shrine
Ted_E, Apr 2023
Our tour guide gave us flexibility to customize our agenda and head to the Golden Pavillion instead of another shrine, which made the experience well worth it. These are two landmarks of Kyoto and we were able to experience them with a knowledgeable tour guide. Also, while we did not have time to do the Bamboo Forest, she mapped out exactly where we needed to go and how we should approach it the very next morning. Very helpful and considerate. This was a nice experience for me and my kids.
Kenji is highly recommended
vinh_t, Mar 2023
Kenji was very organized and responsive to our emails planning the tour. He brought along a lot of materials such as diagrams and visual aids that he used to explain Japanese history and the background behind the places we visited. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained the history behind every place we visited in detail, which made the experience more interesting and valuable. He had a detailed time schedule that he printed for us, and he was very punctual. Overall, we had a great time with him.
Great family and friend experience
Rachel_B, Mar 2023
We had a great time with our guide. He was funny and good with the five kids we had with us. Kyoto was beautiful!
Wonderful experience!
aiyc, Mar 2023
Yumiko went above and beyond and we were able to accomplish more than initially planned for! We did over 27k steps!
A great way to see the main sites of Kyoto.
James_L, Mar 2023
Eriko was an excellent tour guide. Warm and accommodating in nature. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour for the day, and it really saved us a lot of time in finding our bearings getting around Kyoto. We saw some very interesting places that we'd only previously seen in documentaries, and had lunch at an interesting place.
Great day in Kyoto
Jing_L, Dec 2022
Our guide- Yasuna Oda is super organized and friendly. She arranged our tour perfectly and we had a great experience in Kyoto! Highly recommended.
Very special day!!
Keith_M, Nov 2022
Yoji met us at our hotel and debriefed with my son on his must see list. He explained that we had all day and we set off. We saw many sites in all directions and enjoyed traveling around like a local would. The train system is very clean and timely so the travel between sites was effortless. Really the highlight was our tour guide. He was polite, personable, knowledgeable and conversant on culture and ways of life in the region. This was a very special day and my family was very much enriched by the experience. Many thanks Yoji!
Family trip
Yeeling W, Oct 2019
Had a great 2 day tour with Yasuna! She was very patient with us (a mixed group of varying fitness levels: an elderly granddad of 80+ and a young kid of 8). Loved seeing Ryoanji.
Wonderful Experience!
LosAngelestravelor, Oct 2019
Our walking tour with Elle was spectacular! Her knowledge of all the places we visited was impeccable. She is friendly and made our experience so very pleasant. I would recommend anyone visiting Kyoto to schedule with Elle!
Good tour to get acquainted you have limited time.
Helen_T, Sept 2019
Great guide with excellent English and very accommodating. Met us on time and took us where we wanted to go.
An Amazing & joyful experience
Sin128, Aug 2019
27 July 2019, though it was a rainy day, this 4.5 hour trip was pleasant and memorable. My guide, Kaori San, was very knowledgable and planned well so that I could go and see the places that I enjoyed very much. The temples and shrines in Kyoto were beautiful. That was a very joyful afternoon. Many thanks to Kaori San. I highly recommend this tour.
Wonderful 1-day tour of Kyoto
Abraham_W, July 2019
This tour was a great way to see some of the main sites of Kyoto. Our guide Aki was fantastic - knowledgeable, spoke fluent English, and very accommodating on this tour. Your guide will suggest what sites to see on your tour - with rule of thumb being 4 different attractions/sites. I would highly recommend this tour, and our guide Aki!

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