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Beat Kyoto's Rush on an Early Bird Tour

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 33 reviews.Kyoto, Japan

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Experience hosted by Kommy

5.5 hours
Includes tickets
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will meet at JR Kyoto station central ticket gate, then visit Fushimi Inari Taisha which is famous for thousands of torii gates. We'll be there before it gets crowded with other travelers. You will enjoy a spiritual atmosphere, and may take some fascinating pictures.
The next stop is the Golden Pavilion(Kinkakuji) which is designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You won't forget about this heavenly pagoda covered by gold leaf accompanied by its reflection on a peaceful pond. In addition, you will learn about the tip how the beauty of Japanese gardens are created.
The Last destination will be Bamboo Grove. Surrounded by sky-high fresh-green bamboo, you will feel stunning and peace of mind.
You will then return to JR Kyoto station before we finish up.
We will meet at JR Kyoto station central ticket gate, then visit Fushimi Inari Taisha which is famous for thousands of torii gates. We'll be there before it gets crowded with other travelers. You will enjoy a spiritual atmosphere, and may take some fascinating pictures.
The next stop is the Golden Pavilion(Kinkakuji) which is designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You won't forget about this heavenly pagoda covered by gold le…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    Admission fee for Golden Pavilion
From $87
/ person
Wed, Oct 21
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$87 per person
$87 per person
Thu, Oct 22
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$87 per person
$87 per person
Fri, Oct 23
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$87 per person
$87 per person

Meet your host, Kommy

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 33 Reviews
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My name is Kommy, and I'm a frequent traveler, avid mountain climber and I can even recite some Buddhist sutras by heart!
I am a professional guide at JEGPRO and have over 100 guide experiences. Most of them are center around Kyoto and I always get good feedback from guests.
I also train new guides and teach them how to guide travelers.
Along with Michiko, we have been guiding travelers all around this area, sharing our expertise and love of Kyoto.
I have worked in the US and Africa and have visited Europe many times, so will show you around from the standpoint of a guest and help you fully enjoy Kyoto.
My hobby is making original tours and I have created 40 tours so far which makes me very knowledgeable in Kyoto.
My name is Kommy, and I'm a frequent traveler, avid mountain climber and I can even recite some Buddhist sutras by heart!
I am a professional guide at JEGPRO and have over 100 guide experiences. Most of them are center around Kyoto and I always get good feedback from guests.
I also train new guides and teach them how to guide travelers.
Along with Michiko, we have been guiding travelers all around this area, sharing our expertise and love of Kyoto.
I have worked in the US and…
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Where you'll be

Located at east end of Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha is a venerated shrine and designated as Japan's No.1 sightseeing spot for 5 years in row.
Golden Pavilion is the most famous zen temple and situated at the bottom of northern mountains of Kyoto. This temple was built by powerful shogun in 1397.
At the bottom of western mountains, you will see Bamboo Grove. With history of over 1,000 years, fresh-green Bamboo Grove offers you refreshing feeling

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 33 reviews.

Marty
March 2020
Extremely well organised and full of insightful information that would be impossible to get anywhere else. This should be the first thing anyone does on Kyoto.
Jon
March 2020
Amazing tour that was very well thought out and prepared for. Not only did we see the sights, but we also learned a lot about the culture and significance. Kommy was very knowledgeable.
Veronica
March 2020
We made a last minute reservation due to a cancelation from another guide so thankfully Kommy responded very fast and we were able to reserve this tour. The expla6for meeting point were easy to follow and Kommy was extremely nice and a very knowledgeable guide. We were able to do a lot during the tour. The explanation was very interesting and we saw more than what we could have seen ourselves. He gave us history of the places we saw and explained meaning of what we were seeing. We would highly recommend this activity
We made a last minute reservation due to a cancelation from another guide so thankfully Kommy responded very fast and we were able to reserve this tour. The expla6for meeting point…
George
February 2020
Great and awesome tour! We learned so much, Kommy really made sure to explain everything, very knowledgeable and super friendly. I would really really recommend this tour with Kommy, you will learn so much you would have NEVER known going just yourself. Each spot we went to he was super knowledgeable & explained all the kool and Interesting facts, we really learned a lot - I strongly recommend .
Great and awesome tour! We learned so much, Kommy really made sure to explain everything, very knowledgeable and super friendly. I would really really recommend this tour with Kom…
Moose
February 2020
I got a lot of insight and stories from Kommy on this tour that I probably would not have gotten were I to go on my own. I had just arrived from Osaka that morning. I was a little stressed because I had to find a locker for my luggage at the station. There were plenty. I was early and noticed Kommy was there, too, already waiting. (easy to spot since he sent photos in advance of where to meet) He welcomed me and we went to get coffee at the combini nearby. It was just me and him that day. We were on a strict schedule. Kommy was always aware of the times for the train/bus to the the next station. But there was ample time to explore each area. I never felt rushed. Of all the tours I went on during my trip to Japan, Kommy had the best English. At each spot he would stop and point out things and tell stories/histories. Sometimes linking to recent events, pop culture, and buddhist legends. ex. Who knew a small waterfall at Kin Kaku Ji had something to do with Pokemon. If I went alone and looked at a garden, I would see a garden. But Kommy would talk about why the rocks and trees where this way and that or how a certain flower was a symbol of the samurai. Then he would pull out his binder and show pictures of related information. I learned so much. He was so comfortable to be with that he even welcomed stories from me and the connections I made. We really did beat the crowd. Though I lucked out a little bit because of the Corona Virus there weren't many tourists. So even Kommy was surprised that the Bamboo Forest wasn't packed. He waited patiently for me to take selfies and photos. Lastly, I had a lunch reservation immediately after the tour. Instead of going back to Kyoto Station, he helped me find my restaurant in Arashiyama, then walked me to it. Talk about service. Above all, I fell in love with Kyoto almost immediately. This tour was a great introduction to the city.
I got a lot of insight and stories from Kommy on this tour that I probably would not have gotten were I to go on my own. I had just arrived from Osaka that morning. I was a lit…
Joyce
February 2020
This is a wonderful way to see these big sites and have the opportunity to learn much more than we would have on our own

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Bring JR Pass if you have it.

What to bring

JR Pass only if you have.