Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Kyoto Private Tour

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Kyoto Highlights and Hidden Gems Private Tour
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From USD 139.59

Price varies by group size

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


Swap the typical sightseeing tours for a personalized experience of Kyoto. This private tour gives you a local's perspective on a much-visited city. You'll see major landmarks, such as Gion, but also be able to escape the crowds by heading for off-the-beaten-path spots that only locals know about.
  • Get a local's perspective on Kyoto
  • Private tour: A personalized experience
  • Escape the crowds of Kyoto
  • Visit hidden gems that most tourists miss

What's Included

  • Private Tour
  • Local Guide
  • 1 local drink/tasting
  • Tickets for Kiyomizu Temple included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food & beverages not listed as inclusions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 198 Nakanochō
    198 Nakanochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0075, Japan

    at the entrance of the Minamiza Theatre, next to Gion Shijo station

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Yasaka Shrine

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kongoji Temple

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Yasaka Shrine

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kamogawa River

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Nishiki Market Shopping District

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Private tour: only you & your local guide
  • CO2 Neutral: all tours carbon emissions are offset
  • 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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63 reviews
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Highly recommend
Anna_G, Sept 2023
Ted was an incredible tour guide. He customized the tour based on what we already saw and what we were interested in seeing. Ted has a deep understanding of Kyoto history and culture and it was a pleasure spending the day with him navigating the city.
Wonderful afternoon in Kyoto!
Jaclyn_B, July 2023
We are so glad we booked this tour! We had a wonderful time walking back streets and learning history of the area. Guia was a wonderful guide and very knowledgeable of the area. We loved getting to know her and the area. She even bought us refreshments and treats along our journey! We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto!
A Fantastic Tour Guide for Our Family
Mitch_S, June 2023
Ted is an incredibly knowledgeable guide who brings the history of Kyoto to life with wonderful stories and great energy. Our three teens thought we was terrific, and we learned a ton during the day we spent with Ted. He is also great to hire for a food tour - we found and tried lots of wonderful food that we never would have discovered without him. Just a great guy / guide to introduce you to the amazing city of Kyoto. Highly recommend,
Don't do Kyoto without this tour
Richard_E, Apr 2023
We the had the best time in Kyoto with Shohei. We learned things, ate things, and saw gems we would have definitely missed otherwise. Shohei is, by far, the best tour guide I've had on any international trip. Three hours for the experience we had felt like one heck of a value!
Disappointing tour of Kyoto
AMY_L, Mar 2023
It was nice to be led into some tourist parts of Kyoto. Guide was nice enough but wasn't Japanese, didn't speak Japanese and had only been in Japan for a couple of years, during which time he was a ski bum. We learned nothing new, different or off the beaten path about Kyoto and overall it was pretty disappointing. Also, tour was supposed to include one free drink but we never got this.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi there, at Withlocals we want our guests to have the best experience of their trip so we are very disappointed to find out about your negative tour experience. As we cannot directly get in touch with you from here, please email us at and we will make sure to follow up on this issue. We are looking forward to your email. Thank you in advance. Have a great day, Withlocals
Kimberly_B, Dec 2019
Our guide took us to several sites and quickly rattled off a fact or two about each one - usually the date that it was built. There was no narrative, context, or storytelling. At one point he told us that a particular alley was named after a shogunate’s wife, but not why that was significant or even what a shogunate is! The tour description states that you will “learn how samurais used to rule Japan” and “discover a folk faith linked to monkeys” - neither of these were ever mentioned on our tour. At first we tried to ask questions but after a few vague and unhelpful answers, we gave up and just went along for the ride. We skipped the tea portion of the tour because we were ready for it to be over. The one aspect we enjoyed was not having to navigate ourselves from site to site, so the tour was not a total waste of time. It was however a waste of money, and I would suggest anyone else just buy a map and a guidebook if they actually want to learn about the city.

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