One of Japan's largest cities located in the Honshu district Kyoto has a lot to offer sightseeing tourists on private guided tours. With stunning scenic hills all around the city, Kyoto is the education hub of the western region of Japan and a most popular holiday destination on the Island.
Kyoto has held onto its history and traditions and was one of the cities that evaded damaged from the 1945 bomb. Even though there are several new universities situated there the old town and its residents keep the culture of Kyoto alive. City escorted tours are a perfect way to see Kyoto at its best with beautiful city sculptures, museums, art galleries and some of the oldest buildings and architectural sites in Japan.
There are close to 30 Buddhist Temples, and 200 Shinto Shrines in Kyoto and many tour guides will escort you around these impressive temples full of magical history and stunning decorative features. Read More...
Guided Tours to the Gion's Geishas District of Kyoto Is a Must!
The Gion area of Kyoto City is famous for being the most popular Geisha district in the city and is very popular with locals and the many tourists that visit on private guided tours. The area has an unusual mix of architecture and cultures with some modern buildings and then some lovely historic and traditional buildings.
There are many tea houses in the area with traditional Japanese Geishas ready to give you a taste of the old Japan. Book and experience a visit to any one of the tea houses where a Geisha will serve you, and then many of the establishments hold Geisha Show's which is an experience you will never forget.
Top 10 Things to Do in Kyoto
Inaugurated in 988AD, the beautiful Byōdō-in Temple is full of shrines, outbuildings, paintings and artwork worthy of any high-end gallery. Kyoto private city tours to the Temple are usually full as this is one of the oldest in the city. The alters and ceiling decoration laid with mother of pearl is amazing and watch out for the statue of Amida which is stunningly decorated. Walk around the well-kept gardens which appeals to all visitors to the Temple.
The Golden Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion is, without doubt, one of the most visually stunning sights on Kyoto sightseeing tours. Originally constructed in the 14th century for Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (Shogun) the building is famed for its gold leaf painted top floors which can be seen from miles away. Situated on a pond which only adds to its beauty and the gardens and grounds are on another level in comparison to any other gardens in the city.
The Nijo Castle
Constructed in the early 1600's the Nijo Castle has many sightseeing opportunities and guided tours. The complex is vast with some highlights including the stunning East Gate, The Ninomaru Palace and many apartments and outbuildings. The Castle is adorned with some magnificent works of art, and decorative features that are just a visual experience and the sight is of course very popular with tourists and visitors to this region of Japan.
The Sanjúsangen-dó Temple is unusual in that it has a unique design. The original building was designed to reflect the legend of The Goddess of Mercy, so the building had 33 facts as the Goddess is believed to have had 33 personas. Following a fire, the building was rebuilt in 1266 and has a lot to offer on private guided Kyoto city tours. There are lovely works of art on display with weapons, and one feature is the 500 reliefs of the Goddess.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
The beautiful Kyoto Imperial Palace has been rebuilt many times over the centuries, the present palace was constructed in 1855 and remains one of the most loved sites in Kyoto. Private Guided Tours (pre-book same) of the Palace which is situated in the heart of Kyoto takes visitors on a lovely journey through time, the grounds of the Palace are gorgeous and admired by both the locals and visitors to the city.
The famous Fushimi-Inari Shrine is a stop off on all guided Kyoto city tours. Dedicated to Ukanomitama-no-Mikoto the goddess of rice and constructed in the 700's it is visited by many locals to bring prosperity to their crops every year. Some of the buildings date to the 1500's, and you will see some beautifully decorated archways and rooms with many sculptures and reliefs.
Located to the far east of the city of Kyoto The Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is situated at the Otowa Mountain, and the views are spectacular. Guided private temple tours are readily available daily, and the tour guides have some great stories and myths about the Temple. Dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy the entrance way is marvellous and the sightseeing opportunities are uniquely incredible and perfect for tourists looking for lovely photo opportunities.
The Temple Nishi Honganji
The Jodo-Shinshu sect called the Nishi Hongaji Temple their main sanctuary, and it is a perfect example of beautiful Buddist architecture. On your guided tour which is included in many Kyoto private city tours, you will see many stunningly decorated rooms with statues including the Shinran which has the ashes of the remains of Buddist. Book your guided tour as there are only a few of the vast buildings and rooms available to tourists.
Kyoto National Museum
The National Kyoto Museum was started in the late 1800's and is one of the most impressive Museums in Japan. There are many pieces of art, but the main exhibition is the collection of pre-modern Asia art from Japan. Renovated in 2014 the new Museum is spread out into a number of different buildings so take some time out to visit and book your private guided tour before you get there.
The Gion area of Kyoto is famous for being the most popular Geisha districts in the city and is very popular with tourists on guided tours. The area has an unusual mix of architectures with some modern buildings and lovely historic and traditional buildings. There are many tea houses in the area with traditional Geishas ready to give you a taste of the old Japan. There are also beautiful Temples and public walkways which are picture postcard perfect.
Travel Tips for Kyoto
Best Time To Visit
Book your holiday to Kyoto in Japan sometime around the end of March as this is the best time for sightseeing tours and the weather is perfect for travelling around. While there are not too many festivals held in Kyoto unlike other regions in Japan in the high season which is at the end of July and beginning of August, Kyoto is the best area for visiting Temples. If you want to see the Old traditional Japan then Kyoto is the place for you.
Depending on the exchange rates in your home country the Japanese Yen can fluctuate quite a bit. Many hotel rooms can vary from basic costing 10,000 yen to four and five stars charging up to 25,000 yen. Many experts say approximately 8,000 yen per day will be more than enough to have a good experience in Kyoto. Many of the restaurants in Kyoto serve traditional food at reasonable prices so why not give it a try and try real Japanese food.
Know Before Visiting
On sightseeing tours of Kyoto, your guide will be shown how to show respect the locals and bow correctly. While walking down the street, please note it is frowned upon to eat or use your phone on the streets of Japan. Tipping is a NO No, if you leave a tip on the table at an eatery watch out the server may chase you down the street to give back your money. Culturally Japanese people do not like to receive tips of any kind.
This region of Japan has a sometimes unpredictable subtropical climate with high humidity which can be uncomfortable for some tourists. The highest temperatures are in July / August with highs averaging up and above 25 degrees. Springtime is in March and April and is the perfect time to visit Kyoto with its mild temperatures which are perfect for tourists on city guided tours around this beautiful Japanese city full of Temples.