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Yasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine)
Yasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine)

Yasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine) Tours and Tickets

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Host to Japan’s most famous festival, Gion Matsuri, Yasaka Shrine is located in the heart of Kyoto. Yasaka Shrine dates back to the 7th century, when it was known as Gion Shrine for its location near the Gion district, famous for the geisha that live and work there. The shrine consists of several buildings. The main hall houses an inner sanctuary and a secondary hall. One of the most prominent features of the shrine is a large stage out front lined with hundreds of lanterns. One of the most popular times to visit the shrine is in the evening or at night, when the lanterns light the stage.

The annual Gion Matsuri festival began more than 1,100 years ago at Yasaka Shrine. In modern times, it takes place every July. Originally, the festival sought to expunge the city of illnesses. Today, the festival celebrates craftwork. Intricate fabrics, textiles, and sculptures adorn floats that men carry through town. Music, costumes, and street food contribute to the festive atmosphere. Yasaka Shrine is also a popular place to visit during the Japanese New Year and during cherry blossom season.

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625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Japan
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Gion Evening Highlights Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

Gion Evening Highlights Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

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Exploring the narrow alleyways of Kyoto’s Geisha District—Gion can be daunting for a first-time visitor. Eliminate the worry of getting lost by going on a guided tour. It’s a great way to discover hidden places that locals love, and to hear about Kyoto’s ancient past. Highlights include learning about Geisha culture and rituals, and visiting Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.89
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$23.89
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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyoto’s famed Higashiyama area, all with a knowledgeable local guide and rickshaw driver. This authentic, customizable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.
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  • 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.15
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$37.15
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Kyoto One Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

Kyoto One Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

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This personalized full-day Kyoto tour with a local is ideal for first-time visitors to the "City of Temples". You won’t waste a moment visiting places that don’t interest you as this tour is fully customizable based on your interests. Choose the neighborhoods you’d like to visit, and see many of Kyoto’s top sites. Exploring the city with a guide means you won’t get lost, and you'll learn lots of local tips that you wouldn’t discover otherwise.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.12
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$157.12
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Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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It can be daunting as a first-time visitor to Japan to cope with language barriers and navigate around a new place. On this Kyoto half-day tour, take the stress out of travel planning by having a local host plan your day. Explore one or two neighborhoods of your choice, walking past multiple top attractions and learning about Japanese culture from your guide. By traveling with a local, you learn about hidden secrets off the beaten track that tourists wouldn’t usually visit.
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  • 4 hours
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$98.20
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$98.20
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Gion Photography Tour in Kyoto

Gion Photography Tour in Kyoto

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I will take you to photogenic places in central Kyoto area! If you are looking for Kimono shoot, I can recommend you a few places so please let me know. We meet up and start shooting while I walk you through the area and create your awesome memories of Kyoto. *I do night portrait sessions as well, please let me know if you are interested in doing the shoot at night. What You Will Get: ・1 and half hour shooting time ・About 50 professionally retouched images (*Digital files only. Delivered by Dropbox/Google Drive etc.) I will deliver the images through an online platform within 4 days. Please feel free to contact me before you book if you have any questions! Looking forward to creating awesome Kyoto experiences of yours!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$45.45
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$45.45

Magical Kyoto Experience: Temples, Shrines and Gardens Small Group Tour

Magical Kyoto Experience: Temples, Shrines and Gardens Small Group Tour

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Experience the glowing lanterns and lively atmosphere of Kyoto after dark on this evening walking tour with a small group. Experience the ancient Japanese capital after dark as you stroll the city’s serene back streets and visit city landmarks like Yasaka Shrine, the Pontocho restaurant district, and a ‘tachinomiya’ stand and drink shop for included food and drink samples.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$65.33
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$65.33
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Discover Kyoto's Geisha District of Gion!

Discover Kyoto's Geisha District of Gion!

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No trip to Kyoto is complete without a trip to the old preserved district of Gion, and it's no surprise why it's such a popular place to visit. It is one of the only places in the world where you can see a real-life "geisha" walking along the beautiful alleyways. Join our Gion Night Walk and we can tell you all about the mysterious lives of the geisha as we walk along these charming cobblestoned streets all lit up with lantern light. Let these places some to life with a fun and friendly guide to tell you what happens behind the closed doors of Gion.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.96
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$34.96

Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

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Get an insiders' eye perspective on Kyoto on this walking tour that combines a food tour with anthropological insight. Wander through the city's streets and understand the nighttime entertainment scene, from geiko (geisha) to hostesses. Afterward, sample regional specialties accompanied by included drinks at standing bars/restaurants.
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  • 3 hours
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Kyoto Late Bird tour

Kyoto Late Bird tour

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Explore three important tourist attractions in Kyoto on a half-day tour that starts in the afternoon. Go to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Yasaka Pagoda, and Kennin-ji Temple, and see rows of torii gates, well-preserved old wooden buildings, and the first zen temple in Kyoto. You’ll also stroll through the Gion district, and have time for other activities before the tour begins.
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  • 4 hours
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$75.75
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$75.75
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Dark Kyoto Tour

Dark Kyoto Tour

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A city like Kyoto, with over 1200 years of history, is bound to have its dark side. Learn all about it on this four-hour guided tour that takes in some of the ghostly, haunted, supernatural, or otherwise creepy parts of Kyoto. See and hear a different side to popular attractions like Gion and Kiyomizudera. Stop at places you might not otherwise find, like cemeteries and a haunted candy store. Prepare to be entertained, and a little creeped out.
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  • 4 hours
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$62.15
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Treasures of Kyoto: Geishas & Traditions Private Tour

Treasures of Kyoto: Geishas & Traditions Private Tour

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Kyoto is known for its Geisha culture, stunning temples, and ancient traditions—but without insider knowledge or comprehensive research, it can be tricky to design a whistle-stop itinerary. With this tour, enjoy the company of a private guide to take you around Kyoto and showcase its hidden treasures. Find out about the city’s history, and tick off highlights, such as Minamiza Theatre, Shijo Dori, and Yasaka Shrine.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$58.98
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$58.98
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Evening in Kyoto: Lanes & Lanterns Private Culture Tour

Evening in Kyoto: Lanes & Lanterns Private Culture Tour

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Many people believe Kyoto is most beautiful at night, as this is the time that the narrow lanes are lit-up by lanterns. Enjoy a private evening tour with a guide to take you to special places that you wouldn’t find alone. Try delicious local snacks, and avoid crowds by taking secret shortcuts. You’ll see beautiful buildings, temples, and shops with guide commentary along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$94.95
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Kyoto

Private City Kickstart Tour: Kyoto

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Receive a warm welcome to Kyoto on a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible! In only 90 minutes, a local guide will get you acquainted with Kyoto to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest. Discover where to find Kenninji temple and Yasaka Shrine, and how to explore them away from the crowds. And what about that unique family owned restaurant or that amazing local hotspot? We got you covered; the local guides are experts in the subject! Forget about touristy traps; on this city kickstart tour, your guide will point you in the right direction. Private City Kickstart Tour: Kyoto 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. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$30.01
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Kyoto Private Tour

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

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.40
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$71.40
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Kyoto Tea Ceremony & Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour

Kyoto Tea Ceremony & Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour

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Kyoto is known for its abundance of temples, but choosing which ones to visit can be a challenge. With this tour, visit one of Kyoto’s most well-known temples—Kiyomizu-dera. Exploring the temple grounds with a guide allows you to ask plenty of questions about its history, and learn fun facts along the way. The trip also includes a visit to Otowa waterfall, a traditional tea ceremony, and delicious snacks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.54
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$74.54

Kyoto Geisha Tour, Gion With A Local: 100% Personalized & Private 3 Hours

Kyoto Geisha Tour, Gion With A Local: 100% Personalized & Private 3 Hours

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For outsiders, Japanese culture can be difficult to grasp but this guided tour offers the chance to get a locals' eye view of one of the most traditional of Japanese settings. Accompanied by a guide, stroll through the historic streets of Kyoto's Gion district, famed for its scenic cobbled streets lit by paper lanterns, traditional architecture, and association with geiko and maiko culture. Visit Pontocho alley, one of Japan's oldest nightlife areas, and stroll by geisha teahouses as your guide offers insights into local culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.65
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$73.65
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Your Private Vacation Photography Session In Kyoto

Your Private Vacation Photography Session In Kyoto

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Capture your visit to Kyoto with a 1.5-hour photo session conducted by a professional photographer. Choose the locations and types of images you want, and receive 50 edited images after your private photo shoot. You’ll also receive suggestions from your photographer about places to see in Kyoto, along with an overview of Kyoto’s history and culture.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$238.90
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$238.90
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Kyoto Full Day Experience: Kyoto by Day and after Dusk Small Group Tour

Kyoto Full Day Experience: Kyoto by Day and after Dusk Small Group Tour

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On this small group tour, you’ll save time researching Kyoto highlights by having a guide to show you top attractions (such as Tofukuji Temple), as well as hidden sites that locals love. You’ll cover a lot of ground, and see multiple districts, including Kyoto’s Geisha district—Gion. Kyoto comes to life at night with lantern-lit streets, so this tour makes sure you don’t miss out on that by having an ‘after dusk’ section too.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.73
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$116.73

[Kyoto Street Shot] Recording every wonderful moment of travel with shutter (free kimono experience)

[Kyoto Street Shot] Recording every wonderful moment of travel with shutter (free kimono experience)

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・The staff are female photographers who can speak at least two kinds of languages. ・Original kimono rental free, limited quantity! ・We will take you to the recommended spots such as according to the season, such as cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, and take the best shot that you can leave just at that moment. -Free kimono rental for 2 people (hair set and makeup are charged separately) -Course length: approx. 1 hour for kimono dressing, approx. 1 hour shooting -Location: Gion Shirakawa, Tatsumibashi, Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park, etc. -Important information- ・ Kimono can be added on site. The fee is based on the situation at the site (from 4000 yen) ・ Free kimono rental does not include hair set and makeup. Hair set 1800 yen / person, simple makeup 3000 yen / person, full makeup 5000 yen / person. ・ Please arrive at least one hour before kimono dressing. ・ We will provide all unmodified photos taken during the service time. The edited photo data will be sent by email two to three weeks later. ・ Shooting location may be changed depending on weather or congestion. (Example: Shirakawa) ・ If you wish to travel by a taxi or shoot in a place where an entrance fee is required, you will be responsible for the cost, including the cost of the photographer. ・ The service limits to sightseeing shooting only, not includes wedding photography. email:info@trimemo.com TEL:+819066624909
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$249.97
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$249.97
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KYOTO Walking Tour [Customize Your Itinerary]

KYOTO Walking Tour [Customize Your Itinerary]

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Private VIP Tour in KYOTO allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private tour guide for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in KYOTO >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling with the tour guide. Please feel free to reach our team and tour guide for recommendation at any time. ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$330.19
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$330.19
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Kyoto Luxury Sake, Whisky and Cocktail Tour

Kyoto Luxury Sake, Whisky and Cocktail Tour

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Come enjoy an evening of local food and drink pairings with us! As dusk falls we will explore the alleys and back streets and make our way to a hidden-gem, cocktail bar that has been awarded for their amazing bartenders and gold star original drink creations. We will try local snacks paired with a delicious cocktail of your choice. As evening deepens we will lend our way around the small side streets and see some of the best views of Japan’s ancient capital. Our next stop will be a restaurant in a family home that dates from over 100 years ago. The host will be sure to entertain us with stories, specialty food and Kyoto Sake. We will try his famous “appetizer surprise box” and two small plate dishes featuring mochi used in surprising ways. Our final stop is whisky tasting in the Pontocho district (other beverages are also available). We will pair it with your choice of sweets or bar snacks and finish up the tour with an atmospheric stroll through this lively nightlife district.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$291.00
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$291.00

Muslim-Friendly Kyoto Tour with a Local Guide

Muslim-Friendly Kyoto Tour with a Local Guide

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Personalize your sightseeing itinerary on a Muslim-friendly sightseeing tour of Kyoto, including a Halal Japanese lunch. A great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves, this sightseeing tour covers Nishiki Food Market, the historic district of Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, and many more. Plus, you’ll receive tailored attention from your guide in a small group limited to 10 people.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.83
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$106.83
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Kyoto Virtual Online Tour

Kyoto Virtual Online Tour

Amid the ongoing pandemic, traveling abroad is very difficult for the foreseeable future. But thanks to this situation, I could take a video of this ancient city with few people out on the street. The video shows the highlights of Higashiyama area of Kyoto which is filled with many attractions. You can relax at home while deeply immersed in the traditional city of Japan with a detailed explanation and guidance by a professional licensed guide. We will have a Q&A session after seeing the video. I provide a walking route map online for your future reference. NOTE: You don't have to show your face but fast Internet connection is required for the video online. NOTE: The starting time is JST, Japan Standard Time. 11:00 AM (JST) is 10:00 PM on the previous day in NY or EDT area and 7:00 PM in LA or PDT area. 8:00 PM (JST) is 12:00 noon in GB or BST area or 1:00 PM in CEST area.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.00
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Half-Day Small-group Walking Tour in Kyoto

Half-Day Small-group Walking Tour in Kyoto

This half-day tour covers 3 of the most visited venues in Kyoto: Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market and Gion district. The guests will hear history of each venue which they will miss if they just visit on own. They will also hear many interesting stories and useful travel tips from knowledgeable guide as they walk past the central area of Kyoto which includes local department store and Pontocho street.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$53.02
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