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Often mistaken for the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Sagano expands north of the Togetsukyo Bridge in Kyoto. The tranquil area encompasses some of Kyoto’s most stunning landscapes. With rural residential areas, mountains dotting the horizon, fields ablaze with color and a famous bamboo forest, Sagano may just be one of Japan’s prettiest (and lesser known) spots.

By far, Sagano is best known for its bamboo groves. Walking trails wind through the forest, with thin, tall bamboos lining either side. Sun light filters through the narrow trunks, casting shadows along the path. Beyond the grove, one of the best ways to experience Sagano is on bicycle. In addition to the bamboo groves, there are numerous temples to explore, as well as the river and the well-traveled bridge. This idyllic nook on the outskirts of Kyoto should not be missed.

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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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$157.00
per group
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$157.00
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5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour

5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour

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Kyoto’s traditional neighborhoods and scenic parklands are ideal for exploring by bike. On this tour, save time by cycling around the city and visit five of Kyoto’s most popular attractions in one day. Enjoy stunning views of the Golden Pavilion and the Kiyomizu Temple; pose for photos by the red torri gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine; and hop off to stroll around the Bamboo Forest and explore the geisha district.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$162.03
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$162.03

Private Tour Guide Kyoto with a Local: Kickstart your Trip, Personalized

Private Tour Guide Kyoto with a Local: Kickstart your Trip, Personalized

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Discover Kyoto on a customized half-day tour with your own private guide who shares the best of the city. You can visit famous destinations like Golden Pavilion or Fushimi Inari Shrine, or explore districts like Gion or Higashiyama. After booking your tour, you’ll receive a short questionnaire that allows you to be matched with a like-minded guide for your visit to Kyoto.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.91
Price varies by group size
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$80.91
Price varies by group size

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyoto’s famed Higashiyama area, all with a knowledgeable local guide and rickshaw driver. This authentic, customizable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.
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  • 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.14
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$44.14
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Kyoto Arashiyama Rickshaw Tour with Bamboo Forest

Kyoto Arashiyama Rickshaw Tour with Bamboo Forest

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This tour covers every part of the bamboo forest. By rickshaw and on foot! The first stop after cruising through the bustling main street is the bamboo forest. Enjoy the vivid green bamboo as your guide pulls you along the path reserved for rickshaws only, away from other visitors. Have your camera or mobile phone ready to take pictures. You don’t want to miss this. After passing by the Nonomiya Shrine you will enter the second part of the bamboo forest, which is designed like a little park. Here we can take great group pictures with the stunning green bamboo in the background. On the way to the third and last section of the bamboo forest, you will pass by a well-kept scene from the Edo period The third part of the bamboo forest can only be accessed on foot, so our guide will park the rickshaw within walking distance and then guide you to the most famous and impressive part of the bamboo forest. (To avoid the crowds here, we recommend starting the tour before noon)
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.83
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$85.83
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Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto

Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto

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Discover the historic environs of Nara, ancient capital of Japan, as you explore Buddhist temples, shrines and the famous Nara deer park on this excursion from Kyoto. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and home to the country’s largest Buddha statue, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Then stop by Nara Park, a 1,250-acre reserve that’s home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Your Nara excursion also includes pickup from select Kyoto hotels, a guide and all entrance fees.
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  • 6 hours
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$80.11
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$80.11

Gion Walking Tour by Night

Gion Walking Tour by Night

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Discover Kyoto’s magical Gion district, which is known for being the city’s Geisha area. Don't worry about language barriers, as a guide is there to help you translate and explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and other Japanese words. The unmarked narrow streets of Gion can make it easy to get lost at night, but this is not a problem with a guide to navigate and lead the way. Upgrade to a longer, private tour for a closer look at Geisha culture.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.77
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$11.77
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Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

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Discover the Zen gardens, colorful temples, and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and religious monuments of this historic Japanese city, once the imperial capital, as you join a guide on visits to the Gion Geisha district, Tofukuji Temple, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.08
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$61.08
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Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour

Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour

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Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this small-group tour limited to 9 participants. Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this Kyoto tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. See shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.08
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$61.08
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Kyoto Early Bird Tour

Kyoto Early Bird Tour

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Kyoto is one of Japan’s most popular travel destinations and with over 50 million annual visitors, it can get busy. This tour makes an early start so you can avoid the crowds and cram much more into your day. Stroll around the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before the tour groups arrive, visit Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) right as it opens, and walk through the torii gates of Fushimi Inari (Shrine) before the midday heat.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
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$121.52
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$121.52
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural splendor of Kyoto on this private tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Choose from two different routes, both of which cover major Kyoto attractions including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, and explore the city with a personal guide. On the northwest-bound route, you’ll visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Food Market, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama Park. Alternatively, the southeast course covers the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$206.00
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$206.00
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Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen

Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen

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Have a spiritual experience missed by most visitors to Japan on this tour from Kyoto. Journey outside of the city into the picturesque surroundings of the Hozu river, surrounded by mountains and bamboo groves. Visit ancient Buddhist temples and enrich your experience of Japan's spiritual side with a guided Zen meditation session with a resident monk. Afterward enjoy a traditional matcha green tea ceremony.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.64
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$77.64

Kyoto Arashiyama Insider Walking Tour

Kyoto Arashiyama Insider Walking Tour

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-Immerse yourself in solitude in the mesmerizing nature of Arashiyama. Saga-Toriimoto district is a national preservation district where you feel like you are stepping into the past. Our local guide will explain the history and culture of the area. -Visit the world famous, must-visit bamboo grove and Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO world heritage and immerse yourself in it's rich history. Afterwards we will enter through more well-known spots in Saga-Arashiyama, visiting UNESCO world heritage temples and the very famous bamboo grove. -Indulge in an authentically traditional meal, and learn with your palate the rich food culture of Kyoto. After walking and visiting the temple, you must be ready for lunch! let's have beautiful Kyoto-style lunch! Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.17
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$83.17

Private Kyoto Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems, Personalised ★★★★★

Private Kyoto Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems, Personalised ★★★★★

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Exploring the historic city of Kyoto with a local guide gives you an experience you won’t get by following a guidebook itinerary. Discover local neighborhoods, see iconic attractions, and get recommendations from a guide who creates a personalized route based on your interests and needs.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.91
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$80.91
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Afternoon Arashiyama Bamboo Forest & Monkey Park Bike Tour

Afternoon Arashiyama Bamboo Forest & Monkey Park Bike Tour

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Enjoy a late start and absolutely fall in love with Arashiyama on this amazing afternoon tour! Take a trip back in time where the very roads you ride were sub-temples of our World Heritage Tenryuji Zen Temple followed by a short hike up to the impressive panoramic view of Kyoto from Iwatayama Mountain and the accompanying Iwatayama Monkey Park. You will even experience some bamboo forest viewing and visits to some local shrines and temples not frequented by the crowds of tourists.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.02
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$126.02

Arashiyama Rickshaw Tour and Japanese Foot Spa Combo in Kyoto

Arashiyama Rickshaw Tour and Japanese Foot Spa Combo in Kyoto

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Hop aboard a traditional rickshaw for a journey through the atmospheric streets of beautiful Kyoto. With your guide, this tour is an easily customized ride. Enjoy the serene shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood, discovering its picturesque Bamboo Grove and charming neighborhood. Then, experience a Japanese Foot Spa in a quiet location close to the center of Arashiyama. Choose from two popular choices for your unique foot-bath followed by a thorough lower leg and foot massage. Enjoy Japanese hospitality and atmosphere as you enjoy a drink of your choice along with Japanese snacks.
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  • 1 hour to 2 hours 50 minutes
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$87.30
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$87.30
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Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle

Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle

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Explore the sights of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari on this full-day, private minivan tour based out of Osaka. In Arashiyama, you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji, known for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous classic gardens, and lovely vistas. Then it's on to the world famous bamboo grove. Picture time! Afterwards, we slip away to the quiet, rarefied environs of the Okochi Sanso estate for gardens, architecture, and a matcha tea break too. Much more to see and stroll about in Arashimaya before we head to the awe-inspiring, ever-popular Fushimi Inari, where thousands of red gates ("torii") snake up the mountain. We'll talk about the significance and sites as we make our way up the holy pathway, but it's a private tour, so we only go as high as you want! While not included, we are happy to suggest a lunch stop along the way. This tour can be customized, so do feel free to consult with us if you've something special in mind that we don't cover on the standard tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$510.00
per group
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$510.00
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Kyoto Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Explore Kyoto, one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations, accompanied by one of our nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guides, who will help you efficiently enjoy a six-hour tour, introducing both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient city. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, or anywhere else at your convenience, and will take you to a number of Kyoto's famous spots. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will arrange a tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.29
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$118.29
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Kyoto Sagano Insider: Rickshaw and Walking Tour

Kyoto Sagano Insider: Rickshaw and Walking Tour

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Enjoy the highlight of Arashiyama, the bamboo forest, at an unique vantage point from the comfortable seat of the traditional rickshaw. Sit back and relax as your guide navigates carefully and safely through the traffic as you pass by other iconic sights of Arashiyama such as the Togetsukyo Bridge, the river side with Mt Arashi, charactaristic neighbourhoods and townhouses. Venture north to a quiet and traditional neighbourhood along a pilgrim path leading up the mountain. Get off the rickshaw to enjoy the preserved, traditional houses and landscape at your own pace. Visit one of those Machiya houses (Archive Hall) from the inside. Your guide will continue to explain the sights to you as you make your way to the comical and unique Otagi-Nenbutsuji Temple. On your way back to the rickshaw, stop at one of the thatched tea house for a cup of matcha or traditional sweets (optional). Back on the rickshaw head to your preferred finishing location.
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  • 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.23
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$245.23
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Kyoto Platinum Early Morning Tour

Kyoto Platinum Early Morning Tour

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Kyoto is the most famous tourist destination in Japan with plenty of wonderful sights to see. Here we offer a luxurious tour early in the morning that enables you to visit six of the most iconic tourist attractions in Kyoto comfortably and efficiently while avoiding the crowds.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.02
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$126.02
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KYOTO Arashiyama - 180min SAKURA Tour

KYOTO Arashiyama - 180min SAKURA Tour

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TOUR LIMITED from March 27th through April 11th  ****************************************************************  Spend a perfect spring morning in Arashiyama. Visiting the refreshing bamboo forest and the Daikakuji Temple with its exquisite cherry blossoms. ************************************************************  Please understand that we are unable to guarantee the that the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. The dates are selected based on previous years and this year’s estimates.  ************************************************************
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$232.16
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$232.16
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Kyoto Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Explore Kyoto, one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations, accompanied by one of our nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guides, who will help you efficiently enjoy a four-hour tour, introducing both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient city. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, or anywhere else at your convenience, and will take you to a number of Kyoto's famous spots. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will arrange a tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.01
Price varies by group size
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$90.01
Price varies by group size

Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Bamboo Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Bamboo Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Accompanied by a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide, explore the area of Arashiyama and Sagano, where aristocrats once unwound in their villas more than 1,000 years ago. The highlights of this tour include the scenic countryside views from Togetsukyo bridge; Tenryu-ji temple with its beautiful traditional gardens; the enchanting world from within the Bamboo Grove; and Jojakko-ji Temple with its breathtaking green moss. During the tour you will also visit some secret spots unfamiliar to the usual tourists. Enjoy the walk and delicious food while learning about Japanese culture and history. Our guides are looking forward to arranging a tour that’s best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.17
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$85.17
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One Day Tour : Enjoy Kyoto to the fullest!

One Day Tour : Enjoy Kyoto to the fullest!

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Take in the highlights of Kyoto in one day with a guide who shares insights into the city’s history and culture. Stroll through the picturesque Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and visit three important temples and shrines: Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion), Ryoan-ji temple—known for its Zen garden, and Fushimi Inari shrine—known for rows of bright orange torii gates. You’ll also walk into the Gion district where you might see a geisha.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.14
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$147.14
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Should I book Sagano tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sagano can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Sagano 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sagano costs USD 11.77. Guided Sagano tours start around USD 11.77 per person.
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