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8-Hour Samurai History In Kyoto Tour
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, History, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    8 Hours

  • Activity Level


  • Language



Kyoto was the birthplace of Samurai and also the place from where they disappeared in the historical stage 200 years ago with the advent of Western civilization. On this tour, learn about Japanese nobility and spiritualism through its ancient core wrapped in Samurai lore in Kyoto. Visit Arashiyama Tenryuji Temple, Ryoanji, Gion, and other sites of interest.

  • Visit the Arashiyama Tenryuji Temple.

  • Explore the Bamboo Forest and Rock Garden

  • Go to Gion, the "Geisha district" of Kyoto
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    • Meet your Kyoto tour guide at the agreed-upon location to begin this tour and learn the significance of your stops in the Samurai dictum.
    • Visit the Arashiyama Tenryuji Temple, a major Rinzai Zen temple complex now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Make your way to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

    • See Ryoanji, the Zen Temple of the Dragon at Peace.

    • Explore the Rock Garden at Ryoanji, considered one of the finest surviving examples of kare-sansui ("dry landscape"), a refined type of Japanese Zen temple garden.

    • Visit the Golden Pavilion.

    • Explore Gion, the "Geisha District" of Kyoto.

What's Included
  • Professional English-speaking Kyoto tour guide with all guide costs (admission fees, transportation, lunch)
What's Excluded
  • Transportation

  • Lunch

  • Admission fees

  • Insurance fee

Meeting Point

Kyoto, Japan

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Anne

    Mike 's English was superb. His Knowledge of history ,customs and story telling was such that we had an unforgetable time and we will not forget him. He was helpfull in so many ways. MIke is one of the reasons that we want to came back to Japan to explore more of your country

  • Eduardo

    Dear Sirs

    We had a wonderful trip and we enjoyed his Company, his professionalism and his knowledge.

    He is an excellent Guide, we where able to learn a lot from him about Japanese History, Religions, he was very attentive and responded very well to our requests.

    We did Kyoto, Nara & Osake with him.

    I would choose him again any time.

    Sorry I do not mention all the places we visited with him, because I would not spell them correctly,

    Best Regards

    Maureen & Eddie Kohner Hurlingham - Argentina

  • Isma

    Masaki san is a 71 year old man but has a stamina of a 17 year old teen. He is very knowledgable and helpful. He brought us heat packs to help us bear the cold Kyoto winter. He was very accommodating to our interests and came up with a good itinerary.

    I would highly recommend Masaki san to anyone who want to fully enjoy Kyoto and beyond.

  • Steven

    We had an amazing 4 days with Mike. We toured around Nara , Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji and Hiroshima. His knowledge of Japanese history is amazing and he gave us a unique insight into the Japanese mind and culture. The places he took us to were both beautiful and of historic  interest including some locations that tourists would not normally know about. We learnt and packed in so much in the 4 days, which we couldn never have done  without Mike's expertise. I can't wait to go back.

  • John

    I cannot say enough nice things about Mike! My family and I booked him three days in Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. From the first email, he was great in helping us decide on the best things for us to do on our limited time. We spent very fun days together learning so much about Japanese culture and these areas. As he said, Kobe beef in Osaka was excellent. Hiroshima's okonomiyaka was also delicious.  He knew the perfect spots to take us to enjoy them! I would highly recommend Mike to anyone!!!

  • Connie

    It was really a very good tour with Mike. So much wealth of knowledge and my kids appreciated each story he has to tell regarding the site we have been to. Mike really took care of us...making sure we are all ok in each train ride and very mindful of our needs. He even helped us in ordering food. We will never forget Mike...we will recommend him to our friends and definitely come back to Japan.

  • Ann

    We toured Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima  with Mike for 4 days  and had  fantastic days! 

    He brought us off the beaten path to see various interesting places. Each destination was attractive, worth the time. Mike was knowledgeable, prepared and enthusiastic and had plenty of stories and information to share. He is also a wonderful  photographer and shared photos during the tours via Google photos. We wish we had booked him in other areas also... our other  days paled in comparison. We learned a lot and had a very enjoyable time - highly recommended.

  • scarletoct01

    Mike  is a wonderful guide. He is  friendly and humorous. I booked him for  two days. I had only vague ideas about Nara. He is knowledgeable. I learned so much about Buddhism, Shintoism, and Japan's ancient history. He also told me about the difference between Kyoto and Nara. His explanation is well organized and convincing. I could understand the significance of building Horyuji temple and the introduction of Buddhism. It was interesting and exciting. He said to me. "Tours will be much more fun with historical background "  Now I quite agree with him.  Amazing and fantastic! After spending two days, I learned a lot about Japan.  Thank you, Mike.

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