Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Kyoto, Japan

From USD 98.82

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


It can be daunting as a first-time visitor to Japan to cope with language barriers and navigate around a new place. On this Kyoto half-day tour, take the stress out of travel planning by having a local host plan your day. Explore one or two neighborhoods of your choice, walking past multiple top attractions and learning about Japanese culture from your guide. By traveling with a local, you learn about hidden secrets off the beaten track that tourists wouldn’t usually visit.
  • Learn tips from a local who has lived in Kyoto
  • Explore Kyoto with a guide so you don’t get lost
  • Flexible tour with a choice to explore your preferred neighborhoods
  • The ideal tour for first-time visitors to Kyoto

What's Included

  • Private and personalised experience
  • 4 hours with a host
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Starbucks Coffee - Kyoto Sanjo-ohashi Bridge
    Japan, 604-8004 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Nakajimachō, 113 近江屋ビル 1F

    After booking, you can adjust the meeting point to fit your preferences with the help of our Experience Planners.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Sanjo Bridge (Pass By)

Gion (Pass By)

Yasaka Shrine (Pass By)

Heian Shrine (Pass By)

Kyoto Imperial Palace (Pass By)

Nijo Castle (Pass By)

Nishiki Market Shopping District (Pass By)

Pontocho District (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We’ll be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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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21 reviews
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Highly recommend!
Janna_M, July 2023
Made it so easy to navigate around Kyoto! Our guide was flexible and made adjustments to fit our needs (young children and grandparents).
Excellent guide
Connie_C, June 2023
Our guide Emi is excellent. She planned our itinerary well and recommended places to eat and shop. She is also very patient and kind to advise us on transportation for our onward destinations by train. Even helped us to buy tickets. We had a wonderful and enjoyable day with her. Highly recommended guide.
Nehal showed me some...
ANDREAS_S, June 2023
Nehal showed me some hidden and popular places as well in the beautiful city of Kyoto. and explained the stories about it. Unfortunately time was too short to discovereverything
Fun in Kyoto.
Elverita_T, June 2023
Talking to our guide and sharing life experiences made our excursion enjoyable. Kenya was very kind and polite.
Cici was friendly, very...
Elizabeth_C, Mar 2023
Cici was friendly, very knowledgeable, and set just the right pace for us. The sakura in the Imperial Palace gardens were spectacular!
Taiga was a great guide!
Sam_A, Jan 2023
Very fun accelerated tour of Kyoto on a tight timeframe! Taiga did a great job of showing us around and explaining things.
Kyoto & Alexi - 5 Stars for Both!
Richard M, Sept 2019
Our half-day with Alexi Tsubasa could not have been better. We had asked her to help us get acquainted with just walking about in Kyoto as well as taking us to shops where we would see the work of some of Kyoto's best artisans. (Great preparation - she emailed us a map in advance of our arrival, pinpointing potential places to visit.) We had a great time, bought several precious items, and had Kyoto's best sukiyaki. But the best part of the entire experience was just meeting Alexi and spending time with her. It immediately felt like we had just arrived in Kyoto and met an old friend who wanted to show us around her hometown. She was a perfect. (She has friends in New York - we're hoping to see her again if she ever comes to visit.!)

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