Visit Kyoto

With a bilingual English-speaking tour guide

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An in-depth discovery of Kyoto

Traveling in Kyoto can be daunting due to the confusing transportation network or the perspective to face crowds of tourists in the most popular places.

Our guides will help you overcome those inconveniences!

Private Guided Tours Prices
12 years and older
From 6 to 11 years old
Touristic seasons details
Total Amount
~$105/pers.
(Total ~$210)
Experience

According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, about half of Kyoto’s visitors originate from Western countries, that is to say twice Japan’s national average.

The former capital of Japan, despite its modest size, still hides thousands of wonderful treasures to discover, and is thus a must-visit to include in your itinerary.

A dedicated guide

A guide
only for you

The tour you booked is completely private. You will not share your guide with unknown people, for more comfort and privacy.

You guide is dedicated to you or your group (couple, friends, family, etc.) and will offer suggestions during the tour according to the time of the year, the weather and your pace.

Custom
guided tour

Know Japan beyond clichés.

Discover cities under a new approach, closer to their reality; Explore places hidden to tourists, good and sometimes original picture spots; Save time thanks to the locals’ experience who know Japan like the back of their hand; Enjoy your visit without worrying about planning or how to get there.

An authentic
discovery

Step out the usual stereotyped guided tour and explore narrow streets, hidden gems, find the good restaurants that only appear on Japanese maps... Visit a Japan that no Western travel guide can describe!

Touring in the most popular places of Tokyo or Kyoto with our guides is naturally also possible.

Our Certified Tour Guides in Kyoto

The main temples and shrines are naturally not to be missed, but the city also conceals several discreet gardens and offers gateways in nature within only a couple of minutes of transportation. Many travelers in Kyoto are eager to meet Geisha, and although it is not always possible, our guides know the best tricks to maximize the chances of encounter.

Prices

Low season
High season
Very high season
 
 
1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 to 10 pers. 11 to 20 pers.
1 day
(8h)
~$191
(¥20,000)
~$248
(¥26,000)
~$306
(¥32,000)
~$105/pers.
(¥11,000)
~$138/pers.
(¥14,500)
~$167/pers.
(¥17,500)
~$76/pers.
(¥8,000)
~$105/pers.
(¥11,000)
~$124/pers.
(¥13,000)
~$67/pers.
(¥7,000)
~$86/pers.
(¥9,000)
~$105/pers.
(¥11,000)
~$344/group
(¥36,000)
~$439/group
(¥46,000)
~$535/group
(¥56,000)
~$687/group
(¥72,000)
~$878/group
(¥92,000)
~$1,069/group
(¥112,000)
2 days
in a row
(2 x 8h)
~$344
(¥36,000)
~$449
(¥47,000)
~$544
(¥57,000)
~$191/pers.
(¥20,000)
~$248/pers.
(¥26,000)
~$306/pers.
(¥32,000)
~$138/pers.
(¥14,500)
~$181/pers.
(¥19,000)
~$220/pers.
(¥23,000)
~$119/pers.
(¥12,500)
~$153/pers.
(¥16,000)
~$191/pers.
(¥20,000)
~$602/group
(¥63,000)
~$764/group
(¥80,000)
~$936/group
(¥98,000)
~$1,203/group
(¥126,000)
~$1,528/group
(¥160,000)
~$1,871/group
(¥196,000)
3 days
in a row
(3 x 8h)
~$496
(¥52,000)
~$640
(¥67,000)
~$773
(¥81,000)
~$267/pers.
(¥28,000)
~$344/pers.
(¥36,000)
~$420/pers.
(¥44,000)
~$205/pers.
(¥21,500)
~$267/pers.
(¥28,000)
~$325/pers.
(¥34,000)
~$172/pers.
(¥18,000)
~$224/pers.
(¥23,500)
~$272/pers.
(¥28,500)
~$859/group
(¥90,000)
~$1,088/group
(¥114,000)
~$1,337/group
(¥140,000)
~$1,719/group
(¥180,000)
~$2,177/group
(¥228,000)
~$2,673/group
(¥280,000)
1/2 day
(4h)
~$119
(¥12,500)
~$153
(¥16,000)
~$191
(¥20,000)
~$67/pers.
(¥7,000)
~$86/pers.
(¥9,000)
~$105/pers.
(¥11,000)
~$53/pers.
(¥5,500)
~$67/pers.
(¥7,000)
~$86/pers.
(¥9,000)
~$43/pers.
(¥4,500)
~$57/pers.
(¥6,000)
~$76/pers.
(¥8,000)
~$215/group
(¥22,500)
~$277/group
(¥29,000)
~$334/group
(¥35,000)
~$430/group
(¥45,000)
~$554/group
(¥58,000)
~$668/group
(¥70,000)
1 evening
(3h)
Not Available
~$67/pers.
(¥7,000)
~$86/pers.
(¥9,000)
~$105/pers.
(¥11,000)
~$53/pers.
(¥5,500)
~$67/pers.
(¥7,000)
~$86/pers.
(¥9,000)
~$43/pers.
(¥4,500)
~$57/pers.
(¥6,000)
~$76/pers.
(¥8,000)
~$215/group
(¥22,500)
~$277/group
(¥29,000)
~$334/group
(¥35,000)
~$430/group
(¥45,000)
~$554/group
(¥58,000)
~$668/group
(¥70,000)

For groups of 20 persons and more: Please contact us for a quote
Touristic seasons details

Our prices include
  • Your private custom guided tour!
  • The preparation of your tour in Kyoto by the guide, according to your preferences
  • Reservation fee (no additional administration fee or tips)
  • The guides’ personal expenses:
    • Their full transportation fees (to the meeting place and during the tour)
    • Their lunch up to ¥1,000 (~$10) per meal
    • Their admission fee up to ¥1,500 (~$14) per half a day, full day or evening
But do not include
  • Your own personal expenses (transportation, meal, admission fee, etc.)
  • Guide’s dinner if you book the “Evening Tour”
  • Insurances you may buy

Allow about ¥1,000 to ¥2,000 (~$10 to ~$19) for transportation per person and per day of visit. Kyoto’s buses and subway network are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. If you feel like it and depending on the weather conditions, your guide can show you around on bicycle (bicycle rental fees at your own expense).

Additional information

Recommended clothing for temples’ visit

At many temples and shrines (and some other places too) in Kyoto, visitors are required to take off their shoes before entering buildings. It is thus important to wear shoes that are easy to take off and to put on, as well as a clean pair of socks without hole. In winter, you may bring a second pair of socks to avoid being cold during the visit.

Information about visits with advance reservation

Some of our customers might be interested in special visits in Kyoto that require an advance reservation, as for example, the Moss Temple. Keikaku cannot guarantee availability for those visits.

Touristic seasons details:
  • Low season
    • from 08/31/2020 to 10/09/2020
    • from 11/21/2020 to 12/19/2020
    • from 01/04/2021 to 03/14/2021
    • from 05/24/2021 to 07/02/2021
  • High season
    • from 08/22/2020 to 08/30/2020
    • from 10/10/2020 to 10/17/2020
    • from 11/01/2020 to 11/20/2020
    • from 12/20/2020 to 01/03/2021
    • from 03/15/2021 to 03/24/2021
    • from 05/09/2021 to 05/23/2021
    • from 07/03/2021 to 07/23/2021
    • from 08/16/2021 to 08/29/2021
  • Very high season
    • from 10/18/2020 to 10/31/2020
    • from 03/25/2021 to 05/08/2021
    • from 07/24/2021 to 08/15/2021
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