Private tour

Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

4.6 / 5

81 reviews

Activity provider:City Unscripted
Private tour

Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

Activity provider:City Unscripted

From US$ 74.13 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
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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 81 reviews

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Tour guide with Ms. Chai was really helpful and she was guiding us with information I never knew about. I didnt know Japan had their own religion Shintoism and they are praying for 5 Gods apart from the main God Kami. Ms. Chai took us also to eat some traditional sweets and food including the most amazing experience with Authentic Matcha tea. We really enjoyed our time in the tour. She had good patience where we had yo rest, stop and take many breaks with my leg issue. I really appreciate that as the tour was very comfortable. I definitely advise others to meet her for a tour as she is very informative about the place.

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May 27, 2023

It was excellent and our guide Rhea was excellent, she showed us everything we wanted and more. She was helpful full of knowledge about the places we visit. She was extremely friendly and I felt like I've known her for a life time. I would really recommend her for everyone visiting Kyoto and looking for a guide. I'm really pleased with this experience thanks to her.

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May 8, 2023

My experience with Justin was amazing. We were slightly late for the tour but yet Justin was very patience and friendly with us. During the tour he has given us comprehensive explanations of the history and background of the area that we visited. Overall, he did a very good job. Everything was well planned and went smoothly!

May 8, 2023

Product ID: 125120