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1The 10 Tastings of Kyoto: Street Food3 hours • food toursExploreFrom €96.54 per person
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2City Kickstart Tour: Kyoto1.5 hours • city highlight toursExploreFrom €25.55 per person
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3Full Coverage Kyoto City Tour8 hours • city highlight toursExploreFrom €177 per person
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4The Beauty of Kyoto by Bike Tour2.5 hours • city highlight toursExploreFrom €63.41 per person
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5Highlights & Hidden Gems of Kyoto3 hours • city highlight toursExploreFrom €63.22 per person
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"We spent a wonderful 3 hours with Ted. We tried many interesting foods! Ted was very knowledgeable about the area and the history. It was great to have somebody explain the food and order it for us. We tried things that we would have never been able to try without his help! A great experience and very fun! I highly recommend!!"DanieleAbout local YoshihiroKyoto, November 2023
A fantastic introduction to Kyoto
"We really enjoyed our time with Ted. He has a wealth of knowledge on Kyoto and it is a pleasure to walk around learning about the areas and customs of the region. I can highly recommend Ted as a guide and look forward to visiting again! "IanAbout local YoshihiroKyoto, November 2023
"We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Shohei through Gion area. I was with my 6-year old and my partner, who is not much of a walker. Somehow Shohei matched our differing needs perfectly throughout the 90 minutes—great pace, very interesting stories. Not too much info., just enough, to remember all that was shared. We will definitely cherish our tour with Shohei as a great memory of our Kyoto trip. "MollyAbout local ShoheiKyoto, November 2023
"We did the Kyoto street food tour with Yoshihiro (Ted). He took us on a carefully curated tour through Nishiki market. Nishiki market is a wonderfully vibrant place with so many things to experience but can be a bit overwhelming. Having Ted with us to guide us through and keep us on track was essential. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the food scene in Kyoto really enhanced our experience. Not only did he take us on a wonderful tour, he also gave us some great recommendations for the rest of our trip. Thank you, Ted - san! "matthewAbout local YoshihiroKyoto, November 2023
Fabulous Food Tour
"Our guide Yoshiro took us on a fantastic journey through the Nishiki Market. We spent 3 hours sampling an incredible range of delicious foods. Yoshiro was kind, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to be with on this tour. He shared local knowledge, culture, and history with us. You could not do better than to have Yoshiro as your guide!"KimAbout local YoshihiroKyoto, October 2023
Amazing intro to Kyoto!
"Thanks to Shohei, we had a wonderful 3 hour introduction to Kyoto. Ahead of our visit he connected about our meeting spot (which was convenient while also easy to find) and he was there ahead of us with a warm welcome. He gave us a couple of tour options and we were on our way. We covered a lot of ground in our tour which gave us a nice intro to the history of the city. He was equally informative and he was easy to chat with along the way. We saw some of the key landmarks, while also getting out of the typical touristy streets by taking small side streets and connecting paths that made us feel more like the locals — we never would have find those “secret” passages on our own! If you’re looking for a foolproof tour of Kyoto, this Midwest-raised, country music singing Kyoto local is your guy! Thanks again, Shohei!!"JAbout local ShoheiKyoto, October 2023
A fun way to get to know the city
"Eiji is such a kind and good tour guide. We really enjoyed our bike tour around Kyoto, which led us to places that we had never found on our own. It was the perfect introduction to Kyoto on our first day there. Biking was fun, safe and easy on the flat, narrow streets. "NonneAbout local EijiKyoto, October 2023
"Eiji was great! The food was awesome and he was so kind and helpful throughout the tour - highly recommend. "EmilyAbout local EijiKyoto, October 2023
Fantastic experience, excellent guide
"Ted was an absolutely fantastic guide, we were very lucky to tour Kyoto with him. He kept our kids engaged the entire time while also providing us with very interesting historical and cultural information. Ted tailored the experience specifically to us and gave us exactly what we were looking for. He was kind, funny, and a joy to spend a couple of hours with. We also required some help later on in our trip and he went out of his way to help us! I highly recommend Ted for anyone looking to learn more about Kyoto!"PattyAbout local YoshihiroKyoto, October 2023
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"Eiji was a very friendly and knowledgeable person who made my tour special! Highly recommended!"Heiko About local EijiKyoto, October 2023
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Like a Local
Private & Personalized Tours in Kyoto with a Local
When you hit the road and land in a new city like Kyoto, there's an exciting way to dive into its soul: personalized local tours. Forget the typical touristy routes – these tours are like having a local friend show you around all the cool spots.
Imagine having someone who lives and breathes Kyoto spill its secrets. That's what local guides bring to the table. They know the hidden alleys, the best bites, and stories that never made it to the guidebooks. Whether you're into munching through food tours, wandering the city's streets, or going off the beaten path, a local guide hooks you up with a private tour that's authentically Kyoto.
The best part? These tours are all about you. No herding in big groups or rushing through places you're not interested in. With private tours, you're the boss. Whether it's snapping pics at iconic landmarks, diving into history, or checking out the art scene, the tour is tuned to your vibes at your tempo.
But it doesn't stop at city limits. Day trips let you escape the urban jungle and explore nearby wonders. And if you're just setting foot in Kyoto, kickstart tours give you a taste of everything. Think of it as a crash course in Kyoto awesomeness, guided by a local who knows the city like the back of their hand.
So, next time you're in Kyoto, ditch the ordinary. Grab a local tour and unlock the city's real magic – the stories, flavors, and places that make it uniquely Kyoto. Get ready to explore like a local!
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