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Carefree Private Exploration of Fushimi Inari, Gion, Kiyomizudera, and More

4.5 (3)

Carefree Private Exploration of Fushimi Inari, Gion, Kiyomizudera, and More

4.5 (3)
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Embark on a carefree private exploration of Kyoto's most enchanting areas with this captivating tour. With your own personal English-speaking guide, immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Higashiyama, known as the "Eastern Mountain." Begin your journey at the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine, where you'll be awe-struck by the thousands of vibrant red torii gates leading up the mountain. Afterward, venture into Gion, a traditional entertainment district, where geisha still enchant visitors. Discover the hidden gems of this area, including temples, shrines, and the awe-inspiring Yasaka Pagoda. Your guide will share fascinating stories and insights along the way. With all admission fees and transportation included, there are no hidden fees to worry about. Plus, you have the flexibility to customize the itinerary to your preferences. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the magic of Kyoto's historic treasures.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore Fushimi Inari Shrine's mystical torii gates
  • Experience the traditional entertainment district of Gion
  • Visit Kyoto's notorious love shrine, Yasui-Konpiragu
  • Admire the breathtaking Yasaka Pagoda
  • Bask in the serenity of Kodai-ji Temple's gardens
  • A native or equivalent speaker of your language (we mean it!), and someone that is actually fun too
  • Transit from Fushimi Inari to Gion
  • Entrance fees to temples and shrines
  • First child (12 and under) free! Additional children at greatly reduced pricing.
  • Food and Drinks
  • Taxis (not required, but the customer may request one if they like)

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Discover the enchanting Higashiyama district in Kyoto with the Carefree Private Exploration of Fushimi Inari, Gion, Kiyomizudera, and More tour. Led by your knowledgeable English-speaking guide, immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural wonders of this captivating area. Begin your adventure at the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine, where you'll marvel at the thousands of vibrant red torii gates leading up the mountain. As you ascend, your guide will share fascinating stories and insights into the shrine's architecture and symbolism.

What to Expect:

During this 240-minute tour, prepare to be captivated by a carefully curated itinerary that showcases the best of Higashiyama. From strolling along the historic streets of Gion, known for its geisha culture, to exploring sublime temples and shrines, every moment promises awe and wonder. Your guide will ensure a seamless experience, sharing the rich history and significance of each site you visit. Immerse yourself in the ethereal beauty of Yasui-Konpiragu shrine, known for its unique love and revenge rituals. Stand in awe at the towering Yasaka Pagoda, a majestic symbol of the district. And don't miss the serene Kodaiji Temple, where you can admire exquisite lacquer and mural artistry from centuries past.

Who is this for?

The Carefree Private Exploration of Fushimi Inari, Gion, Kiyomizudera, and More tour is perfect for history and culture enthusiasts, as well as those seeking an authentic experience of Kyoto's traditional beauty. This tour caters to both solo travelers and small groups who desire a personalized and immersive journey through the heart of Higashiyama. Whether you're a curious explorer, a passionate photographer, or simply someone seeking a deeper connection with Japanese heritage, this tour promises unforgettable moments that will leave you with a profound appreciation for Kyoto's treasures.

Why book this?

Embark on this private tour and unlock an insider's perspective of Higashiyama. With an experienced guide by your side, you'll gain deeper insights into the history, culture, and significance of each landmark you visit. Unlike crowded group tours, this personalized experience allows you to tailor the itinerary to your preferences, making it a truly unique and memorable adventure. To top it all off, all admission fees and transportation costs are included, ensuring a hassle-free and budget-friendly journey. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Kyoto and embrace the opportunity to delve into its hidden gems.

Good to Know:

As you embark on this journey, it's important to note that the itinerary can be adjusted according to your preferences. The flexibility of this private tour allows you to make changes and explore at your own pace. Be prepared to spend approximately 240 minutes immersed in the wonders of Higashiyama. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as some areas may require gentle strolls. Capture the beauty of each location through your lens, but also take time to simply absorb the serene atmosphere and let the rich history wash over you. Indulge in the optional experience of savoring a cup of freshly whisked matcha tea along with a delectable sweet while taking in the tranquility of Kodaiji Temple's gardens.


Travelers who have embarked on the Carefree Private Exploration of Fushimi Inari, Gion, Kiyomizudera, and More tour acclaim it as a truly immersive and unforgettable experience. They commend the knowledgeable guides who expertly navigate the rich history and cultural significance of each site, providing valuable insights that bring the area to life. Travelers are particularly impressed with the flexibility of the itinerary, allowing them to tailor the tour to their preferences. The inclusion of all admission fees and transportation costs is also appreciated, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Overall, visitors describe this private exploration as a magical journey through the heart of Kyoto, leaving them with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for Japanese heritage.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Start your journey at the southernmost tip of the Higashiyama mountain range with the unrivaled magnificence of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Here, transport yourself to another world underneath the thousands of mystical, vermilion torii gates, as your guide explains the meaning behind the architecture and symbolism. Founded in 711 AD, this shrine has lots of stories to tell.

Admission Included

Hanamikoji Street

A quick train ride takes us to the granddaddy of Kyoto entertainment districts, the Gion, where Geisha still reside and entertain to this day. Pass by the awe-inspiring Kabuki theater, then stroll the tea house string of pearls known as Hanami Koji Street. The beautifully preserved medieval architecture in this area transports you straight back the Edo period (1603-1868).


Pay a visit to Kyoto's most notorious love shrine where people don't just wish for their soul mate, but also revenge. See if you can crawl through the power stone said to help strengthen bonds with those you love, and cut out the toxic ties in your life.

Admission Included


(Pass by)

Behold the breathtaking Yasaka Pagoda that towers over the Eastern Mountain district. Its authoritative stance has been part of the district's fabric since 1440 AD. We'll stop by this architectural wonder on our way up to Sannenzaka street.

Kodai-ji Temple

Blissfully less crowded then some other must-see spots in Kyoto, Kodaiji temple allows you to bask in the serenity of its gardens and just generally breathe it all in. The temple complex hosts the mausoleum and remains of two heroes from the end of the Warring States period in the late 16th century, the 2nd great unifier Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and his wife, Nene. There was a time when the temple was enrobed in luxuriant lacquer, with crushed precious metal inlay achieved through a technique called “Maki-e”. Despite many fires, there is still one original structure with the fading lacquer and murals as well as the immaculately preserved mausoleum itself, where you can see the spectacular, enduring craftsmanship up close and first hand. For an additional 500 yen, you can also enjoy some fresh whisked matcha tea with a small sweet as you gaze at the serene gardens.

Admission Included

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

Two beautifully preserved pilgrimage streets that lead to the famous Kiyomizudera (pure water) Temple. Lined with bustling shops and townhouses in the medieval style, with lovely, unobstructed, lines of sight.



4.5 (3)


Our guide (and his trainee) were very knowledgeable about all aspects of Japan. We had a great time and learned a lot. Ferdinand took us to some less busy spots of the shrines where we could enjoy the peaceful surroundings and soak in the experience. We had a great time! It is a pretty fast pace and gave us a great introduction to the area so we could go back and visit places we wanted to spend more time.


Duygo provided us excellent explanations of all the sites we visited. Very friendly and super knowledgeable! Lots of walking and a few steeper hills made the trip challenging for some older folks in our group but guide was very accommodating.


Visita muy interesante y con muchos datos e información histórica y cultural. Duygu fue muy amable y atenta y nos facilitó muchas recomendaciones.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-23 05:32