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Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

1. Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

Discover Kyoto like a local and see the top attractions on a 2, 4, 6, or 8-hour private walking tour. Meet your host and get insider tips on what to see and do, learn about the culture and discover hidden gems along the way. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Book your preferred tour duration at least 72 hours in advance so that the best experience can be created in advance. You will be contacted shortly after booking to chat about your needs and interests. A like-minded host will then be provided, along with a bespoke, but flexible, itinerary exclusive to you. Visit sacred sites like the shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha or Kinkajuki Temple, explore the cultural district of Gion or get off the beaten path in historic neighborhoods with the help of your guide. Stop for lunch at an authentic spot, recommended by your host to suit your taste and budget, or snack on street food as you walk. Get advice on how to spend the rest of your time in the city and more.

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Kyoto: 3.5-Hour Small Group Cultural Walking Tour

2. Kyoto: 3.5-Hour Small Group Cultural Walking Tour

Experience the temples, shrines and gardens that make Kyoto Japan’s capital of culture on this unique tour of the city. Founded as the national capital more than 1,200 years ago, Kyoto originally developed as a center of aristocratic culture, and is most famous for its Zen gardens and Geisha traditions. On this Kyoto tour, you'll discover some of the magic of the city through cultural explorations and local experiences. First head to one of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional, yet modern, Zen garden, this is a great place to escape to a relaxed atmosphere in the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the Monks who continue to live and study here. Next walk through a nice local residential neighborhood to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Home to a seemingly endless stretch of iconic red torii gates spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this shrine is a world unto itself. Walk through snaking corridors of red gates, made famous in the film "Memoirs of Geisha", stopping to admire the shrines and many fox statues. Major photo opportunity alert! As the sun begins to set on the Toriis, leave behind the foxes and head to Gion, famously known as Kyoto’s Geisha district. This area was the model for Memoirs of Geisha, and it comes alive with people and lights in the evening. Stroll past the 17th-century traditional restaurants and teahouses, many of which are still exclusive establishments for Geisha entertainment, see the theaters and traditional shops, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter. This iconic neighborhood makes for the ideal end to this Kyoto city tour, and is sure to leave you completely enthralled with this dynamic city.

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Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

3. Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Kyoto from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end of the tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own with all the information you need.

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From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

4. From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

Visit some of Kyoto's most famous cultural sites on this day-long bus tour from Osaka. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and drive to Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto is filled with ancient historic sites dating back to the 6th century. Get dropped off first at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Spend time wandering the brilliant paths before heading to your next destination. Arrive at Kiyomizu-dera, one of the most iconic temples in Japan. Take ample time to wander through the temple. Walk across the impressive wooden stage, which juts out from the hillside and was constructed without the use of a single nail. Next, stop at Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to the fact that it's covered in gold leaf. Wander through the immaculate gardens surrounding the temple, admiring the original Japanese designs that have been preserved since Ashikaga's time. Finish the day in Arashiyama, which has been a popular nature-viewing destination since the Heian Period. Take a stroll through the cool Sagano Bamboo Forest and listen to the distinct rustle of bamboo leaves as you walk. In the late afternoon, hop on the bus back to Osaka.

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Kyoto: Private Car Hire with Professional Driver

5. Kyoto: Private Car Hire with Professional Driver

Hire a private car and driver to enjoy stress-free sightseeing in Kyoto. If you choose the full-day option, you will be able to visit 3 or 4 major sites, assuming you spend around 1-1.5 hours in each place and stop for lunch along the way.  The most popular places to visit in Kyoto are the Golden temple, Arashimaya Bamboo Forest, Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Imperial Palace, Ryoanji, and the Nishiki Market.  After completing your booking, let the local partner know where you would live to visit to confirm your chosen itinerary. If you want a more local experience, you might like to add a stop at a local mall or supermarket. Here, you will be able to see what the locals like to buy and eat. Using a chauffeur service in Kyoto will make your trip more efficient and enjoyable, no matter what the season. In spring and autumn, which are the peak seasons for tourism, you will be able to avoid long waiting times for public transportation. And in summer or winter, you can avoid the extreme hot or cold weather.

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Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine After Dusk Photography Tour

6. Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine After Dusk Photography Tour

As darkness falls over the city of Kyoto, enter the vermillion gates of Shinto and venture deep into the forested mountainside. Enter a sacred garden brimming with mysteries and veiled in a ghostly atmosphere. But fear not — you will cast your artificial light into the darkness and illuminate the beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Reach the location after sunset, when all of the tourists have retreated to their hotels for the day. Hit the iconic ‘tunnel of torii gates’ as well as hidden sub-shrines peppering the mountainside. Climb a short way up the mountain into spooky and otherworldly parts of the shrine grounds. It is here that you will learn the secrets of light painting in this unique setting ripe with potential, using a variety of artificial lights to reveal the shrine’s details in the dark. Get coached on the best camera settings for light painting and on the subtle handling of light sources to create impressive images.

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Kyoto: 3-Hour Fushimi Inari Shrine Hidden Hiking Tour

7. Kyoto: 3-Hour Fushimi Inari Shrine Hidden Hiking Tour

Take the only tour at Fushimi Inari that goes off paved paths and onto actual forest trails. Avoid the crowds of tourists trying to get a good photo and enjoy a personal hiking experience in a small group. Discover hidden bamboo groves, secluded trails that lead to old and hidden altars, and the beautiful evergreens around Fushimi Inari Shrine and its thousands of red torii gates. The tour begins at Tofukuji Station. From there, wander into a quiet neighborhood and visit small shrines on the way to the mountain. Then, take a trail to see a wonderful bamboo grove, and connect to the main path filled with the famous vermilion torii gates. Reach the summit of the mountain, which is covered in the shrine altars, then venture back down the mountain on a forested trail, visiting smaller shrines on the way to another bamboo grove. This will lead you to the most famous area of Fushimi Inari, perfect for a memorable photo. Finally, finish at the main shrine at the base of the mountain, where you can enjoy some local street food before you continue your adventure in the wonderful city of Kyoto. Half of the tour is walking in the forest, so you don't get sunlight directly.

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Kyoto: City Highlights Private Guided Tour

8. Kyoto: City Highlights Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the station in Kyoto to begin your tour of the city’s highlights. Ride the train and to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for its impressive rows of red gates. Continue to Tofukuji Temple to relax in its beautiful garden and stroll along a raised walkway at tree level. After this, head to Sanjusangen-do temple, known for its amazing collection of 1,001 golden Buddha statues. Hop back on the train and travel to Hanamikoji Street and the famous Gion area, your final stop on the tour. Wander through the streets and feel soak up the energy of this vibrant area.

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Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Guided Tour

9. Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Guided Tour

Experience Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with a licensed tour guide. Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most popular places to visit in Kyoto and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will make you see that this shrine is so much more than a famous tunnels of red torii gates.  This shrine has countless stories to tell. Your guide will bring these all to life, and paint you an in-depth picture of Japan’s history and culture. Your guide will be certified by the Japanese government and will introduce you to a side of Japan that most tourists do not get to experience.

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Kyoto: Historic Higashiyama Walking Tour

10. Kyoto: Historic Higashiyama Walking Tour

The district of Higashiyama is full of Kyoto must-see locations. Higashiyama means East Mountain, and this tour takes place at the foothills of the mountain range that forms the Eastern border of central Kyoto.  Start off your tour at the Fushimi Inari Taisha, a Shinto shrine located in the Southern part of the Higashiyama mountain range. Pass through the mystical vermilion torii gates that snake up the mountainside. Beyond the gates, you find the Fushimi Inari Taisha which is about Shinto history and culture.  Take a short train ride from Fushimi Inari to Gion and listen to the stories your guide has to share about this colorful, much-storied playground of the geisha and beyond. Gion is a special place as it continues to be an active part of modern-day culture. This district is also known for its evening entertainment.  Stroll through the streets of Higashiyama and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Visit the Kodaiji temple and immerse yourself in the serenity of its gardens and bamboo grove. The temple complex dates back to the early 17th-century.  Take some snacks or souvenirs in the streets along Sannenzaka and walk you way up to Kiyomizu Temple. Once arrived you can enjoy a spectacular view of Kyoto. The temple is famous for its clear, pure water flowing from the mountains into the Otowa Waterfall. Take the opportunity to sample some of the pure water yourself. It is said that the 3 divided streams bring health, wealth, or happiness. Choose wisely as for greedy people none of the wishes will come true.  The tour ends at Kiyomizudera, where you are free to spend more time and discover the area at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Fushimi Inari Taisha

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 949 reviews

Warm, friendly, informative guide. Beautiful walk through woods, bamboo forest, and small shrines leading up to Fushimi Inari Shrine. Great way to see the area without entering with the masses of new year's visitors from the front entrance. Thank you.

Since we booked this tour out of season, we were alone with our guide. So he was able to respond individually to all our questions, told us a lot about the story and took some photos of us. We liked it very much!

The guide was extremely well versed in Japanese culture as well as sights and attractions. Japanese and English was fluent. 10 out of 10 would recommend this tour guide specifically Taibi.

Kokoro was great, very helpful and knowledgeable. We covered a lot of ground.

It was amazing. The tour guide was really good and knowledgeable.