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Kickstart Your Trip To Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

Join one of our hosts to learn Japanese and - wait no, just kidding. You’ll join them to get comfortable in Kyoto. You’ll feel like you’re being welcomed into the city by a friend who can’t wait to show you their beautiful city and find your feet. They could take you to see some famous attractions like The Golden Pavilion or Fushimi Inari Shrine, or you could explore the area where you’re staying aso they can give you tips on where to eat, drink and explore!

Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.

per adult from

$101

AUD

Duration

3 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Private and personalized experience
    • 3 hours with a host
    • Walking experience (other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)
    • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Tickets to any attractions
    • Transportation costs
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

    Join this personalised experience and your host will create an itinerary for you based on what you would like to do. You won’t have time to see everything, so here are some ideas:
    See the famous sights – and Kyoto’s secret side. Kyoto may be famous for the ancient Kennin-ji Temple, shrines dating back to the 8th century, and traditional teahouse ceremonies – but there are many more sides to the city. From exploring 1200-year-old Kiyomizu-dera Temple to walking the wood-built streets of storybook-esque Higashiyama to glimpsing geishas in twinkling Gion, you could see the areas that narrate Japan’s history. Or, you could get a taste of modern Kyoto – an exhilarating world of late-night karaoke bars, draft beers in intimate izakayas, and 100-yen sushi in fluorescent restaurants. Share in local pastimes with your host, like eating Kaiseki at Kamo River, or jostling through Nishijin Market for the freshest street food.

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto 616-8385 Kyoto Prefecture

    The bamboo forest might be the main reason to visit Arashiyama, but with a host, you can see (and do) so much more. Explore Tenryū-ji Temple and its garden that stands unchanged from centuries ago, and exit into the seemingly endless, emerald-glowing Bamboo Grove, winding dreamily uphill.

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Monkey Park Iwatayama, 8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0022 Kyoto Prefecture

    ou could walk across the glittering Katsura River and spy excited macaques at the Arashiyama Monkey Park, or you could wander between Zen temples, breathing in the fragrant air and celebrate the spirit of ancient Japan with a traditional kaiseki meal.

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture

    Explore the city’s nearby geisha district, Gion, where you’ll find lantern-lit izakaya and street entertainment. 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.

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Japan

    See the sights that put Kyoto on any traveler’s bucket list, like the wood-built streets of Higashiyama

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Japan

    For a history lesson in central Kyoto, head to Fushimi and Nishijin – the old sake brewing and weaving districts

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Nishiki Market Shopping District, Nakauoyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture

    Visit centuries-old Nishiki Market for the city’s best street food. Satisfy your sweet tooth on a sugar rush through Japan’s history, where each region (and season) has a different style of intricately designed wagashi – bite-sized, pastel-colored confections usually served at teahouses along with uji matcha, Kyoto’s quality green tea. Chew through sticky, satisfying mochi, a traditional pounded rice cake often filled with sweet red bean paste. At Nishiki Market, crunch into a variety of sugar-coated adzuki beans, amanattō, or snack on senbei – fresh, crispy rice crackers that can be savory or sweet. Matcha fans will be spoilt for choice: ice-cream, cake, cookies… you name it, Kyoto’s got it. Over a glass of cold plum juice, ask your host for the perfect place to grab takeaway treats to tuck into later.

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Kamo River, Kyoto, Japan

    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.

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Nishijin Textile Center, Horikawa Dori, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture

    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.

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

    Pass By: Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Japan

    Explore historical Higashiyama, where narrow streets lead to shrines tucked between storefronts, and let the smells of street food lure you down Nishiki Market.

    IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

  • Departure Point :
    Kyoto, Japan
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Once you have booked your experience, we will be in touch in order to finalise the meeting point details with you. We can arrange pick up from hotels and other locations in the centre of the city. Your meeting point must be confirmed and agreed by the experience planners in advance. This is a walking experience, so your host will meet you on foot.
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • City Unscripted and all City Unscripted hosts follow the WHO (World Health Organization) and local government’s health and safety recommendations at all times. To keep up to date with the latest news we recommend visiting these World Health Organization (WHO) website pages.
  • 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.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

8

Organised by City Unscripted

Activity ID: V-30791P653

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