Private custom day trips and side tours from Kyoto

Custom private tours near Kyoto with smart, smooth itineraries designed by a Japan travel specialist!

Our Kyoto area private day trip plans and custom tours, tour packages and travel services were created to take you to where the Japanese really areOur popular 1-day and multi-day custom day tours from Kyoto let you experience the best of Japan including popular Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Himeiji Castle & Kurashiki, Hiroshima & Miyajima, Shiga & the Miho Museum, Mount Hiei & Enryaku-ji Temple. Experience the amazing worlds old worlds of Japan that are just a few hours from Kyoto. You choose what you want and we create the design you need. Kyoto and its surroundings are exceptionally rich in high-value destinations if you know what to do and what not to do. We know what you need to know to have a really great time in and around Kyoto from start to finish.

Our guided private Kyoto tours, Kyoto area day trips, and tour itineraries are flexible and focused on three travel advantages: 1) Personalized itineraries designed by a Japan travel specialist (since 1990). 2) High value tours at competitive prices for independent private or small group travel. 3) Helpful logistical and cultural guidance by a local Tokyo private guide (in English, Spanish or Chinese).

Our most popular day trips and 1-day tours from Kyoto

#1 The Wonders of Nara: This very popular tour includes the very best of world famous Nara Park and, if of interest, the oldest wooden buildings in the world in the Horyu-ji Temple complex. #2 Himeij & Kurashiki Splendors: The White Egret Castle of Himeiji is considered to be the finest in Japan for good reason and the museum and kura storehouse lined canals of Kurashiki are stunning and relaxing. #3 North Kyoto Countryside Village Hike: This 3-village hike (Ohara, Shizuhara, Kurama | Kibune) is a real adventure at any time of year and can be designed to include outdoor hot spring bathing and incredible lunch locations.#4 Hiroshima WWII History & Seaside Miyajima Shrine: If you are interested in WWII, then Hiroshima is the place to go. The Peace Museum and surrounding park are excellent places to learn about the explosive end of WWII. Nearby Miyajima and its stunning seaside shrine leads you into an ancient world that always amazes. #5 Shiga Old Edo & Modern Miho Museum Tour: Shiga is just east of Kyoto and offers 18th century Tokaido highway structures, Shigaraki ceramics and the world class Miho Museum designed by I.M. Pei. #6 Mount Hiei Hiking & Spiritual Tour: Mount Hiei guards the northeast corner of Kyoto. The northeast is known as the Devil’s Gate and the sprawling Enryaku-ji Temple complexes were built to repel evil entering from the northeast. There is so much to see here: history, nature, spiritual wonder.

Please enquire for other day trips (the Tango Peninsula & Amanohashidate, Northwest Lake Biwa Boat Cruise & Hiking Tour) and other themes of interest (handicrafts, tea ceremony, old street markets and affordable and not so affordable luxury settings). We love to help our clients experience the Japan they have been dreaming of . . .

We offer Kyoto area private day trips & tours that begin very early in the morning (2-hour Dawn Picnics; usually self-guided; please inquire) and really creative 4-hour guided night tours that introduce tourists and visitors to the interesting (family safe) after dark worlds of Kyoto (Gion, Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, street food, shrines and stunning night views).

Our Kyoto shopping and handicrafts tours take you to the best shopsAre you and your family or small group short on time? Great planning requires great effort. We do all that but the options are all yours. Our guided and self-guided Kyoto private tours can be designed to suit your pace: really relaxing and slow or fairly fast and busy . . . The options are all yours! And all of our private Kyoto tours can be tailored to your very specific and personal interests such as walking or focused shopping, art or theatre culture, cuisine, gardens & nature, manga & anime, handicrafts & antiques . . .

Our Kyoto private guides are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and trained to follow the final itinerary approved by you and your family or group. Our local bilingual Kyoto guides add value to your trip through their personal insights and interesting cultural knowledge. They are also great introductory teachers and can teach you important logistical information (how to use the ticket machines and the almost-perfect Kyoto public transportation system) and answer any burning questions you may have.

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If you don’t want to be with a local Tokyo tour guide every day or just want to save money but still be in control don’t forget our very popular self-guided or digital tours.. Self-guided tours, ideal for independent travelers of any kind, are all customized to your individual or group needs and designed for good time flow, flexibility, and ease of travel. Digital tours are a great way to see and experience Tokyo or Mount Fuji or Kamakura on your own. They are also great for traveling to remote areas of Japan. With these smart, compact PDFs (downloaded to your smartphone), complete with maps, historical and cultural summaries, you can see and do a lot on a flexible tour schedule, and save between 58% and 76% compared with our private guided day and city tour rates.

If your trip is longer and multi-city then our five to seven, 7-10, 10-14 day tour packages anywhere in Japan offer great value for your 2017 or 2018 holiday in Japan. These smart packages combine guided tour days and self-guided day tours. All our Premium and First Class Japan tour packages are totally flexible and include free restaurant reservations and 24-7 support. Our Japan holiday tour packages are all personalized and professionally planned by our Japan travel specialist. Every package includes days with our friendly licensed bilingual local tour guides and detailed digital guidance (PDF format) for buying train tickets, exact train schedules, bilingual taxi instructions, walking maps and cultural summaries. Please inquire to book or if you have any questions or special needs or requests (wheelchair travelers are no problem at all!).

Tokyo Private Tours: Check out our Tokyo highlight tours and other custom one day tours in Tokyo. Great itineraries for great tour days in and around metropolitan Tokyo. Day Trips & Tours from Tokyo: Custom day tours and day trips to Mount Fuji | Lake Kawaguchi | Hakone, Kamakura and Nikko. Let us know how we can get your trip started today!

Kyoto Private Tours: Our Kyoto highlight tours and other unique one day adventures in and around Kyoto are ideal for seeing the best without any stress at all! Day Trips & Tours from Kyoto: Custom day trips from Kyoto include the older Imperial capital of Nara, Shiga and the Miho Museum, Himeji | Kurashiki, the Tango Peninsula, and Hiroshima. Let us know how you would like to do Kyoto today!

Osaka Private Tours: Our Osaka private tours are a great way to learn about Osaka's unique culture, famous for food and bright color fun day and night. Day Trips & Tours from Osaka: There are so many places an hour from Osaka including Nara, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji | Kurashiki. All of these custom day trips or tours can be part of your Osaka vacation or trip. Let us know how we can help today!

Other Destinations in Japan: We offer guided private tours and digital self-guided tours anywhere in Japan. And off the beaten track tours of Japan are one of our specialties. All our tours can be tailored to your specific interests. Please inquire.

Tours are subject to guide availability (especially in April, August and November). Booking earlier than later is always recommended (our cancellation policy is very clear). Payment by wire transfer and | or cash depending on each client’s situation.

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  • Postal address: 115-8 Jodoji Nishidacho, Sakyoku, Kyoto 6068417, Japan
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