Kyoto Car Tour



  • THE KYOTO CAR TOUR is an exclusive tour operated solely for you and your party.
  • A licensed English speaking tour guide will take you to must-see places in Kyoto in a private car.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

Kyoto is located nearly 500 kilometers south west of Tokyo, and bounded by mountains to the west, north, and east. Kyoto became Japan's capital in 794 when Emperor Kanmu moved Heijo-kyo Palace in Nara, south of Kyoto, to Heian-kyo Palace (meaning "Capital of Peace") in Kyoto.
Since Heian-kyo Palace was modeled on Chang'an (now Xi'an) of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, as in Hejo-kyo Palace in Nara, Heian-kyo Palace was laid out in a checkerboard. As a result, unlike today's Tokyo, Kyoto is also arranged on a grid like layout.
Kyoto was Japan's capital for more than 1000 years till the middle of the 19th century. After the political revolution known as the Meiji Restoration in 1868, political power was returned to the emperors from the military head of state; shoguns. Then, Japan's capital was moved to Tokyo from Kyoto by Emperor Meiji. Tokyo has been Japan's capital since then.
More than 1600 temples and 400 shrines are located in Kyoto. 17 temples and shrines are registered as World Cultural Heritage sites. Kyoto boasts of its rich culture, refined cuisine, many dry gardens, works of art, and traditional handcrafts. The Golden and Silver Pavilions are especially popular for their historical significance. Kyoto's three biggest festivals, Gion, Jidai, and Aoi draw the attention of a lot of people every year.

Recommended Itinerary


Duration:7hours (Approx.)

  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Kinkakuji, Golden Pavilion
  • Ryoanji Zen temple
  • Nijojo Castle

Note: The tour begins at your hotel. The sequence of the tour depends on the location of your hotel.

Kiyomizu-dera, Buddhist temple, officially called Otowasan, belongs to the Hosso sect. It is designated as a World Heritage Site, and dedicated to the 11-headed Kannon (goddess of mercy) who can bring about easy childbirth. The temple was reportedly founded by warlord Sakanoueno Tamuramaro who was dispatched by the Imperial court in the Heian period to conquer the Emishi race in northern Japan. It is also famous for its stage referred to as the "Stage of Kiyomizu." The veranda was constructed without any nails. 139 giant pillars are dovetailed together. Because this veranda stands on a steep hillside, it commands superb views of Kyoto city.
"To jump off Kiyomizu's veranda" is often used when one starts a new venture, which is the Japanese equivalent of "to take the plunge". The Otowa Waterfalls are another landmark, and are considered sacred waters, falling down from three channels of water. In fact, Kiyomizu literally means "clear water" in Japanese.

The Kinkakuji, Golden Pavilion, officially called Rokuonji, used to be the 3rd Shogun Yoshimitsu's villa, a masterpiece in architecture and influenced by Zen Buddhism. It is designated as a World Heritage Site. The garden is a good example of traditional Japanese strolling gardens.
The Golden Pavilion is a three storied structure. The 1st story, Hosui-in, is Shinden-zukuri or in palace style. The 2nd story, Choon-do, is Buke-zukuri or in the style of a samurai house. The 3rd story, Kukkyo-cho, is in Karayo or Zen temple style. This order suggests that in those days Buddhism was placed highest, Samurai warriors came second, and the imperial court and nobility at the bottom.

Ryoanji temple is a Zen temple. It is also registered as a World Heritage Site. It is famous for its Karesansui garden, or dry garden consisting of only rocks and gravel. The garden is from Zen Buddhism.
You should just sit on the veranda of the temple, and meditate with your eyes closed. It is said that there are no rules of how to meditate. This temple became very famous after Queen Elizabeth visited the garden in 1975, and expressed great admiration for it. This temple has a large strolling garden too.

Nijojo Castle was constructed by shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603, founder of the Tokugawa Shougnate Government, in order to show his wealth and political power to the imperial court which lost political power in the late 12th century. The castle consists of two parts; Ninomaru and Honmaru - areas with Japanese style gardens. This is also designated as a World Heritage Site. Ninomaru Palace is 3,300m2 and has 33 rooms and over 800 tatami straw mats, with beautiful paintings drawn by the famous Japanese art school, Kano.


Number of guests 7 hour Tour charge
(per person)
7 hour Tour charge
(Total Charge)
Type of private transport
1 person 66,000 66,000 Sedan
2 persons 35,500 71,000
3 persons 29,300 88,000 Large mini-van
4 persons 23,200 93,000
5 persons 19,600 98,000
6 persons 17,100 103,000
7 persons 15,400 108,000
8 persons 14,100 113,000
  • Tour price may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Admission fees; Tolls and Parking
  • Not included: Lunch (Although lunch is not included in the package, your tour guide will be happy to help you find a suitable restaurant).
  • Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and take you back once the tour concludes.

If you are interested in the tour please book it through the booking form on our Website.

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