Kyoto Small-group Minivan Tour: Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji and Arashiyama

Join our small-group minivan tour starting daily at 9:00am from Gojo station. Visit Kiyomizu Temple, Heian Shrine, the Imperial Palace, Kinkakuji, and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

Regular Tour Booking

Time: 9:00 - 16:00 (7 hours)
Group size: up to 8 people
Meeting place: Gojo Station (Exit 2, near Yoshinoya)

Mode of transport: Minivan
Highlight
  • Visit the world heritage site Kiyomizu Temple
  • Make a quick photo stop at Heian Shrine's big torii gate
  • Learn about the history of Japan at the Imperial Palace
  • Take photos with the famous Golden Temple in the background
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Enjoy seeing the beautiful Japanese garden of Zen temple Tenryuji
Schedule
Time Place
9:00 Meet at Gojo station (Exit 2) and drive to Kiyomizu Temple
9:15~10:00 Kiyomizu Temple
10:10~11:00 Photo stop at Heian Shrine followed by Kyoto Imperial Palace
11:20~12:20 Kinkakuji (Golden Temple)
13:00~13:45 Lunch at a local restaurant
14:00~15:30 Tenryuji and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
15:30~16:00 Return to Gojo station and end tour

Rate (tax included)
Per Adult Per Child (6~12 years old) Per Youth (13~17 years old)
13,000 yen 8,000 yen 10,000 yen

Description


First stop will be the Kiyomizu Temple. Early in the morning before the crowds arrive, explore the temple's impressive architecture and take photos from Kyoto's most famous viewpoint called 'the stage of Kiyomizu'.

Next, walk down to the Otowa Waterfall and pray for your fortune. Your driver-guide will tell you about its history and the proper manner to drink the water. Then make a quick photo stop at the massive torii gate of the Heian Shrine.

In the center of Kyoto we will find the Imperial Palace. The current building is only the latest iteration of several palace structures that have served as the primary residences for the ancient emperors. Even though the main residence of the Emperor moved to Tokyo, this palace and the surrounding park is not to be missed.

A trip to Kyoto is not complete without a visit to Kinkakuji, or the "Golden Pavilion." The three-story structure flashes brightly in the sunlight, as the top two tiers are covered entirely in gold. The temple is also home to a beautiful garden and many interesting artifacts.

In the west of Kyoto, we find our last stop at the foot of the mountains, the Arashiyama district. Here, the Katsura river flows out from between the hills and underneath the Togetsukyo Bridge, a great spot for looking up at the steep hills/. It is especially popular in spring or autumn when the trees turn many different colors. It is also here you will find the famous bamboo grove. Its large size surrounds you on all sides with bamboo and you might forget how close the city actually is.

Included
  • Entrance fees 
Not Included
  • Meal and drinks
  • Train fee (should you wish to end the tour in Arashiyama and return to central Kyoto on your own)
Cancellation policy
  • 2 days before - 70% refund
  • 1 day before - 50% refund
  • no show or same-day cancellation - 0% refund

Private Tour Booking

If you would like to make a private booking, refer to the rates below and contact us.

Private Rate (tax included)

Person
Per person Total Vehicle type
1 46,000 yen 46,000 yen Toyota Alphard
2 24,000 yen 48,000 yen Toyota Alphard
3 18,000 yen 54,000 yen Toyota Alphard
4 15,000 yen 60,000 yen Toyota Alphard
5 13,000 yen 65,000 yen Toyota Alphard
6 12,000 yen 72,000 yen Toyota Alphard
7 12,000 yen 84,000 yen Toyota Hiace (Grand Cabin)
8 12,000 yen 96,000 yen Toyota Hiace (Grand Cabin)
  • An English speaking driver guide is assigned for a group of up to 6 people.
  • An English guide and a driver are assigned for a group of 7 or 8 people.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • No child or youth rate for a small group private booking.
  • Children younger than 5 are free of charge. However, note that she or he must take one seat. Infants can sit on an adult's lap.
  • A child seat is available free of charge for children under 3 (please include a note when you confirm the reservation).
Cancellation policy
  • more than 8 days before - 100% refund
  • 3~7 days before - 70% refund
  • 2 day before - 50% refund
  • 0~1 days before - 0% refund

Large Group Booking

If you would like to make a group booking, refer to the group rates below and contact us.

Group Rate (tax included)
Person
Total
(per person)
9 173,300 yen
(19,256 yen)
10 177,000 yen
(17,700 yen)
11 180,700 yen
(16,427 yen)
12 184,400 yen
(15,367 yen)
13 188,100 yen
(14,469 yen)
14 191,800 yen
(13,700 yen)
15 195,500 yen
(13,033 yen)
16 223,200 yen
(13,950 yen)
17 226,900 yen
(13,347 yen)
18 230,600 yen
(12,811 yen)
19 234,300 yen
(12,332 yen)
20 238,000 yen
(11,900 yen)
21 241,700 yen
(11,510 yen)
22 245,400 yen
(11,155 yen)
Person
Total
(per person)
23 249,100 yen
(10,830 yen)
24 252,800 yen
(10,533 yen)
25 256,500 yen
(10,260 yen)
26 283,200 yen
(10,892 yen)
27 286,900 yen
(10,626 yen)
28 290,600 yen
(10,379 yen)
29 294,300 yen
(10,148 yen)
30 298,000 yen
(9,933 yen)
31 301,700 yen
(9,732 yen)
32 305,400 yen
(9,544 yen)
33 309,100 yen
(9,367 yen)
34 312,800 yen
(9,200 yen)
35 316,500 yen
(9,043 yen)
36 216,600 yen
(6,017 yen)
Person
Total
(per person)
37 323,900 yen
(8,754 yen)
38 327,600 yen
(8,621 yen)
39 331,300 yen
(8,495 yen)
40 335,000 yen
(8,375 yen)
41 338,700 yen
(8,261 yen)
42 342,400 yen
(8,152 yen)
43 346,100 yen
(8,049 yen)
44 349,800 yen
(7,950 yen)
45 353,500 yen
(7,856 yen)
46 357,200 yen
(7,765 yen)
47 360,900 yen
(7,679 yen)
48 364,600 yen
(7,596 yen)
49 368,300 yen
(7,516 yen)
50 372,000 yen
(7,440 yen)

Person

Coach type

Seats
9~15 Microbus (Coaster Liesse)
24 seats (18 main + 6 supporting)
16~25 Medium size bus
27 main seats
26~50 Large size bus
53 seats (45 main + 8 supporting seats)
  • 01 English guide and 01 driver are assigned.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Children under 5 are free of charge. However, note that she or he must take one seat. Infants can sit on an adult's lap.
  • Teacher and travel organizer are free of charge (up to 2 people total) .
  • Arranging lunch at a local restaurant is possible for an additional cost of 2,200 yen per person (water and green tea included). Vegetarian option available.
  • Water (500ml) is available for 220 yen per bottle.
  • Arranging a bento lunch, to be eaten on the bus, is possible for an additional cost of 1,100 yen per person (bento only) or 1,320 yen (bento + 01 soft drink).  Vegetarian option available.
  • Adding one more destinations is possible (approx. 1h) for an extra cost per group of 20,000 yen (9~15 people), 30,000 yen (16~25 people) or 40,000 yen (26~45 people), plus entrance fees if applicable. The same applies if you wish to add an activity.
  • No child and youth discount for this group booking.
Cancellation policy
  • more than 14 days before - 100% refund
  • 8~13 days before - 70% refund
  • 3~7 days before - 50% refund
  • 2 day before - 30% refund
  • 0~1 days before - 0% refund

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