Private tour

Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

4.6 / 5

46 reviews

Activity provider: City Unscripted

Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

Activity provider: City Unscripted

From US$ 89.63 per person

Explore Kyoto based on your own interests on a private and fully customizable walking tour. Get assigned a local host who shares your interests, benefit from a bespoke itinerary created just for you.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 - 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Be matched to a knowledgeable local guide based on your interests and personality
  • Visit Kyoto's iconic temples, shrines, and imperial palaces as you explore the city's historical significance
  • Immerse yourself in Kyoto's cultural heritage by participating in its formal traditions such as kaiseki dining
  • Discover the city's natural beauty with a walk in one of its famous gardens and parks
  • Experience Kyoto's diverse food culture from authentic restaurants to street food vendors and markets
Full description
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 ahead of time. 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.
  • Private and personalized 2, 4, 6, or 8-hour walking tour
  • Local host
  • Tips and recommendations for the rest of your stay in Kyoto
  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transportation
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This experience will take place rain or shine
  • All bookings are private
  • The local partner's team will communicate with you prior to the experience to confirm the logistics of your booking
  • This experience can be personalized to meet your requests and preferences
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 46 reviews

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Great City to discover. It’s advisable to know yourself which program you like to do (i. e. what exactly you want to see and experience). Guide was very helpful in organizing transportation and assisting with translating. Be prepared that English often is not spoken, even by young Japanese. However, people are happy to help foreigners, including the Guide.

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August 9, 2022

I had a really great day with my guide Taibi, he contacted me first and had a plan in mind based on what I'd asked, he tailored this after a quick talk when we met and we set off, I was able to take as many photographs as I needed and with a real focus on my interests. He knows the city and area well, gets on with the locals too and provided me with many memorable photographs and made the day all the more pleasant with his conversation. I was even given recommendations and information for my upcoming travels. Really felt like I was treated and included as a close friend and not just a customer. It was a most memorable experience and birthday as well, and I hope to return to Kyoto before I leave Japan and intend to return in the future for a similar tour for the areas I did not manage to see.

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October 15, 2019

Exceptional introduction to Kyoto

Our guide, Taibi, met us as arranged at our hotel. Warm and personable, we conferred briefly before embarking on our tour. An eclectic mix - as we had requested - of food, culture, history and local customs, we never stopped, covering a large geographical area and even larger social one. We learned a lot, and benefitted greatly the next day from some of the inside knowledge accrued earlier. In all, we’re happy to give Taibi our highest recommendation.

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October 20, 2018

Product ID: 125120