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Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

4.6 / 5

51 reviews

Activity provider: City Unscripted
Private tour

Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

Activity provider: City Unscripted

From US$ 92.36 per person

Discover Kyoto on a private and personalized walking tour with a local as your guide. See Kyoto's top landmarks as well as hidden gems, including Ginkaku-ji Temple and Kyoto Tower.

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


  • Explore iconic landmarks like the Golden Pavilion and Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Blend in with the locals while exploring Kyoto's lively streets on foot
  • Experience Kyoto's diverse food culture at Nishiki Market or other foodie spots
  • Discover the city's natural beauty by visiting one of a famous garden or park
  • Receive a local's suggestions for how to spend the rest of your stay in the city
Full description

Explore your way with a private and customized walking tour to discover the highlights of Kyoto with your own local guide. See Kyoto Tower, Togetsu-kyō Bridge, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Nishiki Market, and more with an itinerary crafted to your personal interests.

Depending on what sparks your interest, your guide will help you create an itinerary to see Kyoto's top attractions. Get insider tips on what to see and do, learn about the culture, and discover hidden gems along the way. Visit sacred sites like the shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha or Kinkajuki Temple, explore the cultural Geisha district of Gion, or go off the beaten path in historic neighborhoods with the help of your guide. Walk the perfectly preserved streets of Higashiyama for a bird's-eye city view from Yasaka Pagoda, or amble eight minutes north to Gion, Kyoto’s famous lantern-lit geisha district and nightlife hub.

Along the way, choose to sample street food at centuries-old Nishiki Market or head one mile west for green tea and pastel-colored wagashi confections in Sanjo-dori Shopping Street, a foodie’s paradise (food costs not included). If you're an outdoor enthusiast, take in a sunset view from Kurama, a natural hot spring area nestled in pine-tree-blanketed mountains reachable by a 30-minute train ride. Whatever you choose to do, your guide will help you get the most out of your visit.

  • Personalized walking tour
  • Private local guide
  • Public transportation (if required)
  • Private transportation
  • Attraction entry tickets
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)

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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 51 reviews

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Our guide, Brenda, was awesome! She helped customize our 6 hour tour of Kyoto so we could see the things we wanted and surprised us with amazing photo spots during the blossom season. Brenda is fluent in English as Well as in Japanese and has a deep understanding of the Japanese culture. We learned a lot and can highly recommend her! Thanks Brenda!

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March 27, 2023

We booked the 2 hour walking guide.We were very flexible with what the guide has planned for us. If you are looking for an experience through Kyoto through the eyes of a local, then this is the tour to book. In 2hours our guide managed to squeeze in Kyoto Tower view and explained how to use the subway and bus. So this is a must for first timers in Kyoto. We walked through the Nishiki market and Shinkyogoku. By far the best tour guide. Thank you Taibi

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December 18, 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

Product ID: 125120