Explore Kyoto as a Local - Kyoto Tours

Explore the classic highlights and hidden treasures of Kyoto on a tour through the eyes of locals. This ancient city showcases the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Our handcrafted itineraries will guide you on an authentic experience to grasp the rich history and cultural customs of this truly fascinating part of the world. From private day tours of city sites, to unique accommodations, every aspect can be tailored to your personal requests. Satisfy your wanderlust and let our Japan Travel Specialists create the perfect Kyoto tour and beyond.

Highlights of Kyoto

Private Guided Tours

Our private guided tours in Kyoto offer a comprehensive introduction to the city, from its pristine temples, to its concrete jungle. Following in the footsteps of your expert local guide, you can recognize Kyoto’s treasures, typically hidden from travelers. Spot the sacred shrines nestled between shopping arcades, and catch a glimpse of a mysterious geisha scuttling down the backstreets. Appreciate Kyoto’s charm with the flexibility of setting the pace of your tours and the freedom to focus on what catches your attention. Don’t just visit Japan, experience a life in Japan.

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Kyoto Treasures

Kyoto has a wealth of activities and sites to offer visitors, whether you are curious to discover the traditional tea houses, or eager to stroll through the bustling Nishiki Shijo Market. Taste the flavors of the unique cuisines and soak up the vibrant atmosphere alongside of the locals going about their daily routines. Admire Japan’s colorful culture with a stop at the Kimono fashion show in the Nishijin Textile District, or glide down the Hozugawa river on a traditional style boat for a relaxing afternoon or morning adventure.

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Expanding Your Japan Adventure

Thanks to Japan's impressive rail system and public transportation, Kyoto is easily accessible from all major cities in the country. Whether you would like your trip to revolve around Kyoto’s charm and authenticity, or appreciate it as only one destination among others, we will make sure you are able to get the most out of your time there. Catered to your specific interests and the time frame for your travels, one of our Japan Specialists can handcraft your very own unique adventure. Traveling with Global Basecamps means exploring without compromise, so you lead the way and we will make it happen!

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Sample Tours

**All of our tours can be customized to match your specific travel priorities and dates.

Authentic Japan: Old & New (12 days)

Experience Japan's unique blend of modern and ancient culture as you explore Tokyo, Matsumoto, Tsumago, and Kyoto.
Cultural Cycling Temples Classic Highlights

Classic Japan Explorer - Cities, Country & Culture (13 days)

Experience the highlights that Japan has to offer with this comprehensive 13 day highlights itinerary including time in: Tokyo, Hakone, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Kyoto.
Culinary Cultural Temples Classic Highlights

Japan's Golden Triangle (8 days)

The classic "Golden Triangle" route allows first time visitors to experience Japan's key highlights: Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto.
Cultural Temples Classic Highlights

Luxury Japan Explorer (11 days)

Stay in Japan's finest hotels and ryokans, enjoying the metropolis of Tokyo, the cultural mecca of Kyoto, the quaint village of Takayama and the hot springs of Hakone.
Classic Highlights Culinary Cultural Temples Luxury

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