Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local
Must see Kyoto with a local

Must see Kyoto with a local

3000 temples, enchanting Zen gardens, Japanese sweets and geisha districts.

(14 reviews)

  • Private &
    personalized

  • 8 hours

  • From
    $53.75  USD
    per person
    based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Public transport

  • Multiple languages available
    (including English)

What you'll do

See the sights that put Kyoto on any traveler’s bucket list, like the wood-built streets of Higashiyama and the city’s nearby geisha district, Gion, where you’ll find lantern-lit izakaya and street entertainment. Explore ancient architecture – from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to hilltop Kiyomizu-dera – and see those less-frequented, like Yasaka Pagoda and its secret upstairs viewpoint. For a history lesson in central Kyoto, head to Fushimi and Nishijin – the old sake brewing and weaving districts – and visit centuries-old Nishiki Market for the city’s best street food. With your host, you’ll experience Kyoto’s popular pastimes – from watching the sunset over Kamo River to taking a 30-minute train ride north to the Kurama onsen, Japan’s natural hot springs.

Where you'll go

You could sit down for a Kyoto’s famous uji green tea in the city’s best-kept secret, Rakusho teahouse, with views of the owner’s tranquil garden and award-winning koi pond. Perhaps catch a kimono show in Nishijin, sample sake at an old factory in Fushimi, or, if you’re visiting during spring, join in the tradition of a festive hanami picnic beneath blooming cherry blossoms in the botanical gardens. Explore historical Higashiyama, where narrow streets lead to shrines tucked between storefronts, and let the smells of street food lure you down Nishiki Market. As the sun sets, search for mesmerizing geishas in lantern-lit Gion, where winding down with your host over a multi-course kaiseki dinner or draft beer in an intimate izakaya is the perfect way to end a perfect day. 

  • Must see Kyoto with a local
  • Must see Kyoto with a local
  • Get to know the real Kyoto with your host (a city local) and avoid the tourist traps, whilst still seeing the highlights!

  • See some of the city's most famous attractions in one day - although 3000 temples and 1700 Shrine are too much even for us

  • Discover the main attractions as well as the hidden gems that are tucked away nearby

  • Eat and drink authentic Japanese food by picking up street food recommended by your host or stopping by at a local eatery

  • Get tips from your host regarding exciting places to visit during the rest of your stay

This experience will be personalized to you!

What’s included

  • Private and personalized experience
  • 8 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 drink
  • 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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