Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
Kickstart your trip to Kyoto

Kickstart your trip to Kyoto

Japanese etiquette, using chopsticks like a pro and 101 questions about Kyoto answered.

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  • Private &

  • 3 hours

  • From
    $38.13  USD
    per person
    based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available
    (including English)

What you'll do

You’ll discover a city that’s steeped in perfectly preserved history as you explore with a local insider who’s ready to share their city’s secrets with you. Your host will take you on a journey through time, starting with the ancient temples and shrines of Higashiyama, where narrow lanes are flanked by traditional wooden buildings and pottery stores. You could visit Kennin-ji Temple and Yasaka Shrine, or both - they’re just eight minutes apart! In fall and spring, you might head a mile south to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, where cherry blossom and maple trees put on impressive seasonal performances. Your host will share with you their local knowledge, from the best places to eat to where you could experience an authentic tea ceremony. 

Where you'll go

Memorize the layout of centuries-old Nishiki Market in Nakagyo, a large central district, while your host orders a portion of wagyu sushi, because you’ll definitely want to come back. Or take part in a tea ceremony at Rakusho, a teahouse famous for its beautiful garden and koi pond. Dodge salarymen on their way to a post-work bar hop across central Gion, and enter a dreamlike state while searching for ethereal geishas. Once your host has taught you to navigate crowded Higashiyama, the historic eastern quarter of the city where you’ll instantly recognize the traditional wooden buildings, and pointed out the best restaurants on Hanamikoji-dori Street, the central artery of Gion, you’ll be ready to take on the rest of the city solo. 


  • Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
  • Kickstart your trip to Kyoto
  • Explore an area of Kyoto hand-picked by your local host, but take part in activities based on your interests

  • Experience the full spectrum of Kyoto – from its ancient temples to its buzzing nightlife scene

  • Taste some of Japan’s best (and most unique) street food at centuries-old Nishiki Market

  • Get travel tips and tricks from your host to make the rest of your adventure an equally amazing experience

  • Ask your host all the questions you have about Kyoto, and hear real local knowledge!

This experience will be personalized to you!

What’s included

  • Private and personalized experience
  • 3 hours with a host
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund

How it works

  • 1

    Tell us about you!

    Once you book, fill in a quick questionnaire and tell us what you’d like from your experience.
    Tell us about you!
  • 2

    We introduce you to your perfect local

    Build your perfect tour and experience together
    We match you with a host
  • 3

    The best part!

    Experience the city like you would with a knowledgeable friend living there
    The best part!

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