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Shihoko Hirooka's Private Guide Service
Private tours of Kyoto! Ms. Shihoko HIROOKA, with 30 years experience as a licensed tour guide for JTB, offers exclusively private guiding service; Guiding fee: 20,000 yen (full day); 15,000 yen (half day); Per party; Transportation, meals and your admission fees needed additionally: Call or email for enquiries and reservation: Tel: 075-622-6803/090-8989- 3679; Email: h-s-love@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jp

Kyoto City Tourism Association
Walk in Gion and Experience Kyoto Traditions in English

Night-time Exploration of Gion: the Geisha District
Gion is one of Kyoto’s most traditional and unique districts and home to the culture of the Hanamachi, a world where the maiko and geiko remain alive and well. Though many tourists come to Gion, it is very hard to understand what is behind the beautiful facades.

An English-speaking professional guide will explain the history of Hanamachi, the life of maiko and geiko, and take participants on a journey along the backstreets of Gion.

1,000 yen/person (cash only; insurance not covered)
Every Mon., Wed., Fri.
The tour starts at 18:00; reception from 17:30 (summer schedule)
The tour lasts about 100 min. (all walking)
Meeting point: in front of the Kitaza
Reservations NOT required

Kyoto City Tourism Association
Tel: 075-752-7070 (9:00-17:00; weekday only)

Kyoto PRIVATE Taxi Tours with MR. DOI!
Enjoy great locations & views and learn about Kyoto while I drive you around in my spacious van!

See Kyoto in stylish, air-conditioned comfort, and at your own pace.
Tell me where you want to go and what you want to do, and I will take care of everything!

Basic rate: 6,100 yen/hour/van (from 4 hours)
*Nara tour is available with some additional rates
*Private guide service available
*Major credit cards accepted
*Please enquire for other rates and details

Mobile: +81-(0)90-9596-5546
Email: doitx451@ybb.ne.jp

Feel free to have your hotel concierge contact me.

Sightseeing Tours in English!

Japan's biggest tour bus operator for overseas tourists
There are a wide range of interesting, fun tours you can choose from: (Kyoto/Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Koyasan, etc.)

Kyoto 1-day Tour
(Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple and more!)

Tel: 075-341-1413
10:00-18:00 (Closed: Sun. & national holidays)

For more information and booking, visit our website

Tour du Lac Biwa
Countryside Home Visit & Local Lunch Cooking

We offer small half and one-day tours exploring the beautiful environs of Lake Biwa – Japan’s largest lake. Feel the rich texture of real country life in Japan.

Price: 17,000 yen/person (5 hours)
*Tour fee includes an English speaking tour conductor, lunch, train fare, etc.

Mobile: 080-8944-5050
E-mail: info@lacbiwa.com
*Reservation required 3 days in advance of your preferred date.

Free Nara Excursion Bus to Asuka & Yoshino
Explore Deep Nara and Feel Ancient Spirituality of Japan
Hop on the Free Nara Excursion Bus and Discover Asuka & Yoshino

Only about one-hour train ride from Kyoto Station will bring you to Nara, another ancient capital of Japan. Don’t take it as a small “Kyoto”; Nara has so much to offer! Excellent cultural and natural heritages which have remained unchanged for over 1,000 years will impress every visitor. Two particularly must-not-miss regions are Asuka Village and Mount Yoshino as both of them are blessed with rich historical and natural beauties. Take a great free bus service and explore Nara and meet spirit of Japan.

Asuka Village
Asuka was the national capital of Japan around the 7th century, when Buddhism and other early Japanese culture flourished. The area is blessed with many historical inheritances including Oka-dera Temple which is also known as the “Dragon Ball” temple.

Mount Yoshino (World Heritage)
Yoshino, one of Japan’s World Heritage sites, is the area set amongst a deep mountain range and people living there still follow a traditional life & work style. The area has also been a center of mountain worship called Shugendo, from ancient times.

Tues. /Thurs. /Sat. /Sun. until Oct.31
Meeting at the Nara Visitor Center at 8:45
(Bus will depart at 9:00 and return to the Nara Visitor Center at 17:30)

*No reservations necessary! (First-come-first-served basis)
*Please note that the bus service will be canceled in case of bad weather or other unforeseeable circumstances.
*Choose your destination (Asuka or Yoshino).
*No tour guide or assistant will accompany to the trip.

NARA Visitor Center & Inn
Hours: 8:00-21:00
Inn will be open in late 2016.
Adress: 3 Ikeno-cho, Nara
Phone: 0742-81-7461
Access from Kyoto by JR train
About 45 min. by the Miyakoji Kaisoku Express
From JR Nara station to the NARA Visitor Center & Inn it’s about an 18 minute walk.