Private tour

Kyoto: Private Driver Full-Day Temple Tour & Bamboo Grove

Activity provider: JGA Inc.

Kyoto: Private Driver Full-Day Temple Tour & Bamboo Grove

Activity provider: JGA Inc.

From US$ 311.54 per group up to 4

Discover the highlights of Kyoto on a full-day tour with a private driver. Pass by shrines and the district of Gion, stopping at the Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji Zen Buddhist temples and a bamboo grove.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Listen to the sound of the Sogen Pond in Muso Soseki's Zen garden at Tenryu-ji
  • Relax in comfort with private transportation and explore Kyoto with ease
  • Spend time at the Buddhist and Zen temples of Kiyomizu-dera and Kinkaku-ji
  • Pass through the geisha dristict Gion and look out for the Yasaka Shrine
  • Wander through swaying bamboo stalks in Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Full description

Make the most of your day in Kyoto with a private driver. Stop at the stunning Kiyomizu-dera temple and pass by Yasaka Shrine though Gion to reach the Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji temples. Stroll among the stalks of bamboo at the Arashiyama Grove and finish at Tenryu-ji.

Get picked up from your accommodation in Kyoto and get ready to spend an unforgettable day in the ancient city. Meet your friendly, private driver and cruise through the streets taking in local life.

Arrive at the picturesque Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple, part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site, and spend time admiring the pagoda, beautiful in every season.

Continue on towards Kinkaku-ji and drive through Gion, the geisha district of Kyoto. Look out for hostesses in colorful kimonos on wooden bridges and be alerted by your driver when you pass by Yasaka Shrine.

Visit your second and third temple of the day at Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji to learn about Zen Buddhist tradition and wonder at the fascinating architecture. Relax in the peace of the stone gardens and meditate on life.

Wander through one of the most popular sites in Kyoto at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, immersing yourself in another world of towering stalks. Make sure to take some photos and listen to the rustling wind.

Ranked first among Kyoto's five great Zen temples, finish your trip at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Tenryu-ji, where Zen Buddhism is practiced. Step into the garden created by Muso Soseki and watch the shimmering reflections in the Sogen Pond.

  • Private English-speaking driver
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Customisable plan
  • Private car with air-conditioning
  • Lunch
  • Parking and highway fees (average 3,000 JPY per group)
  • Entry tickets to temples (average 2,000 JPY per person)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Most temples will only accept cash

Product ID: 417022