Kyoto Prefecture
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Kyoto: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

1. Kyoto: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

The tour provider will organize the locations for your photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organised you will receive confirmation of all the information you need. All you need to do is simply meet the photographer on location in Kyoto and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Your highly experienced Kyoto vacation photographers are handpicked local experts, who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. When your photo tour has finished you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. Create mementos that will last a lifetime and look back over your travels with fond memories.

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Kyoto: 2-Hour Maiko Makeover and Photo Shoot

2. Kyoto: 2-Hour Maiko Makeover and Photo Shoot

On this special 2-hour activity, learn about the life and art of the maiko, or apprentice geiko. Maiko are female performing artists who wear traditional makeup, hairstyles and costumes. They work in the Gion area and perform various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games. The maiko are apprentices and are between 15 and 20 years old. You don’t have to be in this age range to participate in the Yumeyakata Maiko Makeover project, however! The professional staff will apply your makeup, use a wig, and dress you extravagantly to look like the real thing. They'll also show you the proper maiko poses for beautiful pictures.  The package includes studio photography, so you’ll have souvenir photos to show your family and friends.

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Kyoto: 3-Hour Fushimi Inari Shrine Hidden Hiking Tour

3. 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: Arashiyama Guided Animal Walking Tour

4. Kyoto: Arashiyama Guided Animal Walking Tour

Arashiyama is famous for its shrines and temples but if you climb the mountain, you'll find the facility where more than 100 monkeys live. Join them in their world and pet and feed them safely. You will also visit famous tourist spots including Bamboo Forest Path which has one of the most photogenic spots in Arashiyama. Another highlight is Togetsukyo Bridge, an iconic bridge over the Katsura river. Relax here and take in the mountainous views.  Next, it's the animal time. Visit Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama. This is the park where wild monkeys come and visit from the mountain behind the park. You can pet, feed, and take photos of them. As the park is in the mountain, you can enjoy the changing greenery by the seasons. Then you're on to the cafe located along a river where you can munch on rice dumplings, fish, beer, and so on. Lastly, you can spend some time looking at the bamboo works at a traditional shop. Enjoy the elaborate work of the professional craftsmen who will also create their works in front of you.

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Kyoto: City Highlights Private Guided Tour

5. 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: Arashiyama Full Day Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Kyoto: Arashiyama Full Day Private Guided Walking Tour

Visit iconic spots such as the Bamboo Forest path, Togetsukyo Bridge, and Kimono Forest on this walking tour. Arashiyama was once the holiday villa area for the authorities for more than a thousand years.  Walk along Bamboo Forest Path, one of the most photogenic spots in Arashiyama, and take photos to remember the trip by. Next, see theTogetsukyo Bridge, an iconic bridge which is framed by the Katsura River and an impressive mountain in the background. Carry on to Kimono Forest to see a beautiful path with palls wrapped with kimono cloth. You'll then go on to visit Jojakko-ji Temple. See the temple in a mountain that has no walls between the greenery and the precinct. The beautiful red autumn leaves here are so beautiful that it is a must to visit this spot. Feel craftmanship at Yuzen Chopsticks shop which is specializing in chopsticks where you will find a perfect souvenir for your Kyoto tour! Find your favorite one and get your name carved on it! Learn and understand the history of Tenryu-ji Temple, a registered as UNESCO world heritage. It has a beautiful Japanese garden which is a national treasure. At the end of the tour, you will have a famous matcha (green tea) parfait while looking over Katsura River. You can even try special curry and rice with local Kyoto vegetables.

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Kyoto: Private Photoshoot with a Professional Photographer

7. Kyoto: Private Photoshoot with a Professional Photographer

Capture your time in Kyoto with a photoshoot in one of the city's most popular attractions. Get your photo taken and learn about local monuments on this private experience. After your photo session, you'll receive professional-quality images to cherish. Select one out of four locations to have your professional photo session. Have your photoshoot amongst gardens and mountains views at Arashiyama Kimono Forest. Experience tradition and charm at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. See the famous red gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore the grounds of Yasaka Shrine and see the famous geisha district of Gion.

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Kyoto: Kiyomizu Dera & Gion District Photography Tour

8. Kyoto: Kiyomizu Dera & Gion District Photography Tour

Meet your photographer/guide at the Yasaka Shrine and begin the tour by exploring the Kiyomizu Dera district. Have your photo professionally taken at some of the most photogenic locations in the district. Stop by some local temples and visit a beautiful five-storied pagoda. Pose by some beautiful traditional Japanese architecture and capture the essence of medieval Japan. Next, walk through the Gion distinct known for its geishas and vibrant entertainment. Discover the many charming alleyways and lanes of this famous district. Ladies on the tour can wear a traditional kimono and pose for photos which will be a memorable memento of your visit to Kyoto.

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Kyoto: 2-Hour Gojo Area Walking Tour

9. Kyoto: 2-Hour Gojo Area Walking Tour

Meet your guide and walk through the Gojo area, a retro district full of treasures in the heart of Kyoto. See the ancient capital of Japan from a new perspective and marvel at the old architecture and history that surrounds you.  Your local guide will show you places that cannot be found in a guidebook. Discover an area of old teahouses reformed into cafes, unique shops, and traditional confectioneries and get some inspirations for your next break after the tour. Get great tips for locations where you can take awesome pictures, especially if you are wearing a kimono.  During the tour, you will visit the Jotokuji Temple and get some explanations about the Jizo in Buddhism, you will see the Ichihime Shrine including the Shinto female goddesses, and the Nintendo Original Building. Stroll along the Takasegawa Canal which is surrounded by old teahouses, see the Gojo bridge and the Kamogawa river.  To get a fully immersive Japanese experience you have the option to get dressed in a kimono before the tour. Additionally, you can get your hair done (woman only). A wide selection of kimono colors and patterns is waiting for you, with sizes ranging from S to 4XL. The professional staff helps you getting dressed and can assist with all the necessary items. If you choose the option that includes hairstyling, a hair artist helps you choosing a style from a catalog to match your kimono look. The hair accessories are sold separately. After the styling, you will meet your guide at the shop entrance.

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Kyoto: 1-Hour Fushimi Inari Shrine Guided Walking Tour

10. Kyoto: 1-Hour Fushimi Inari Shrine Guided Walking Tour

Meet your tour guide waiting at the base of Fushimi Inari, near the JR Inari station, and set off on your tour of 7 wonders of Fushimi Inari. See some of the well-known locations such as the thousand red gates that line the path up the mountain, alongside some hidden gems away from the crowds that your guide knows. You'll be introduced to the origins and history of this ancient shrine as you start ascending the steps. Once at the main hall, learn about  plenty of small details which are missed by many visitors.  After exploring the main shrine complex, start heading up the mountain and be greeted by lines upon lines of red "Torii" gates that guide pilgrims up the mountain. Your guide will point out and explain the different sites of interest along the path. While most visitors do not veer off the main path, your guide will show secluded sites that are easy to walk past without knowing. The tour will take you to about the halfway point up the mountain, after which you can choose to continue to the top on your own (around a 1-hour hike) or go down with your guide.

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What people are saying about Kyoto Prefecture

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

The tour basically enters the Fushimi Inari shrine area from the back, meaning the crowds are pretty thin at first and you have a moment there to yourself. But first we paused at a bamboo grove that was otherwise empty of visitors. The path through the shrine itself was inspiring and scenic. Our guide Suzy explained the significance of statuary, rituals and other significant sights along the way. We stopped for some coffee and a hardboiled egg each, served beneath a canopy along the stone-paved trail and tucked next to shrines. It was a fun experience made better by our knowledgeable and patient guide.

As a man, this was such a fun experience. When I checked in, I think the (male) receptionist was a bit shocked to see it was only me, but he handled it with care and I didn't feel embarrassed at all. The photoshoot itself only lasted about 10 minutes, but they do offer to take some personal pictures with your cell phone. (So you don't only get the professionally shot photos advertised!) They also have an option to go to a private shoot in a home, but the cost was like $400 or something. Something to consider if you really want to have an extra special experience.

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.

The tour up the other side was great even after a rainy day. There was hardly any visitors to the shrine at the first part which was great. The whole experience was well informed and great hidden scenery for all selfie takers.

Excellent! Yuya is the ultimate guide. Knowledgeable, informative and very friendly.