Kyoto Deep Dive Minivan Tour

Join our small-group minivan tour starting daily at 9:00am from Gojo station. Visit Sanjusangendo, Shogunzuka Mound, Heian Shrine (photo stop), Ramen street, the Philosopher's walk, the Silver Pavillion (Ginkakuji) and Nishiki Market all in one day!

Regular Tour Booking

Time: 9:00 - 15:30 (6.5 hours)
Group size: up to 8 people
Meeting place: Gojo station (near Exit 2, in front of Yoshinoya)
Mode of transport: Minivan
Highlight
  • See the famous 1001 statues of Kannon in Sanju Sangendo
  • Marvel at the best view of Kyoto from Shogunzuka Mound located in the eastern mountains of Kyoto
  • Walk the Philosopher's Path along a canal lined by hundreds of cherry trees.
  • Enjoy a beautiful Japanese garden in the elegant Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)
  • Feel the vibration of local traditional life in Nishiki Market

Schedule
Time Place
9:00 Meet at Gojo station and drive to Sanju Sangendo
9:15~10:00 Sanju Sangendo
10:15~11:15 Shogunzuka Seiryuden
11:30~11:40 Photo stop at Heian Shrine
12:00~12:50 Lunch on ramen street
13:00~13:20 Philosopher's Walk
13:20~14:10 Ginkakuji (the Silver Pavilion)
14:30~15:30 Nishiki Market (tour ends here)

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

Sanjusangendo temple, our first stop on this tour, holds one of the most spectacular displays in Kyoto. It is most famous for its long hall of 1,001 statues of Kannon, the god of compassion. The hall and many of the statues were constructed in the year 1266, making it one of the oldest original structures in Kyoto.

The next stop is the highlight of this tour. The Shogunzuka Mound observation deck is located 220m above the city in the eastern mountain range. It is very hard to reach this area without a car, so many Kyoto visitors miss the spectacular view from the observation deck. It is said that emperor Kanmu made his decision to move the capital to Kyoto in the 8th century from atop this mountain.

From the observation deck we can see our next destination, the Heian Shrine and its massive red torii gate. After a short ride from the observation deck, you will see the the gate up close. The gate and shrine will make a great backdrop for your travel photos!

After lunch, walk along the Philosopher’s Walk. It earned its
name from the philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who used to commute along the path on his way to Kyoto University. Lined with cherry trees along a canal and dotted with pleasant little cafes and shops, this lane makes for the ideal stroll.

At the end of the Philosopher's Walk you will find Ginkakuji, also known as the Silver Pavilion. Despite the name, it never got a coating of silver leaf as first intended.
It was built by an emperor to serve as a retreat from the busy court life and enjoy the arts, similar to Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion).
It is widely known for its beautiful garden featuring a sand sculpture of Mount Fuji.

Last on our tour is a stroll through Nishiki Market.
The shopping arcade, locally known as "Kyoto's Kitchen," has been around for hundreds of years. Recently it has become a very popular place to visit and try interesting food and snacks. The shop owners are inviting and some even offer free samples. Try some of the delicious items on display here! This area is also the main shopping arcade of Kyoto, and you can stay and shop for souvenirs after the tour!

Included
  • Entrance fees
Not Included
  • Meal, snack, and drink
Cancellation policy
  • 2 days before - 70% refund
  • 1 day before - 50% refund
  • no show or on the 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).
  • No child or youth discount for this private booking.
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

Seat
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 (up to 2 people total) are free of charge.
  • 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 destination 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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