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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Kyoto Private Tour

This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Kyoto from a unique perspective! Get to know Kyoto on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, with city highlights, hidden gems, storytelling, and a local treat - this tour has it all!

Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Kyoto at its best but from the eyes of a local. Check out main landmarks like Gion Area, Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka-Jinja Shrine and uncover hidden gems and city secrets with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. And the cherry on top, a local treat is included.

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups.

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  • What's included :
    • Private Tour
    • Local Guide
    • 1 local drink/tasting
    • Tickets for Kiyomizu Temple included
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pick-up and drop off
    • Food & beverages not listed as inclusions
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa-Ku, Nagoya 464-0804 Aichi Prefecture

    Pass by the Zoo and get to see this neighborhood, which preserves the look and feel of feudal-era Japan in a wood-built historic quarter of narrow lanes lined with traditional pottery stores, tea houses, and restaurants for multi-course kaiseki meals.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Yasaka Shrine, 625 Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 Kyoto Prefecture

    Hokanji temple was built in the Asuka period (538 - 710)

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Kongoji Temple, 390 Kinencho, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto 605-0828 Kyoto Prefecture

    Learn more about the folk faith, which says that to have a wish granted, you must sacrifice one desire.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862 Kyoto Prefecture

    Over 1200 years have passed since the foundation of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Halfway up Mt. Otowa, one of the peaks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountain range stands the temple

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Yasaka Shrine, 625 Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 Kyoto Prefecture

    Before getting to see another shrine, you will have a coffee. This is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1350 years ago

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture

    Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Kamogawa River, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture

    Another unmissable place in Kyoto is Kamo-gawa river. This is probably the most famous and arguably the most popular river in Kyoto.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Nishiki Market Shopping District, Nakauoyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture

    Explore a 400-year-old market, sample local Japanese goodies and shop for souvenirs

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Fresco Higashiyama Yasui, 72 Tamamizuchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0851, Japan
    Return Detail :
    Nishiki Market, 609番地 Nishidaimonjichō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8054, Japan
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Private tour: only you & your local guide
    • Most travelers can participate
    • CO2 Neutral: all tours carbon emissions are offset
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Activity ID: V-24380P968

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