Kyoto Private Tours

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Kyoto is a trip back in time to a place of sacred temples, imperial palaces, and elegant gardens. As the former capital of Japan, Kyoto has always been connected to the country’s history and culture. From the main temples of Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu-dera to the Nijo Castle, you’ll have your fill of typical attractions. But Backyard Travel specializes in the less-known sites. Get an insider, local experience, and delve under the surface of the usual travel fare. Wander the cobbled streets of the geisha district, or relax in an onsen hot spring before heading to your culinary lesson. Explore Japan on a custom Kyoto private tour, and get the freedom to discover this City of Ten Thousand Shrines your way.


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Genuine Reviews of Our Kyoto Private Tours

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4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 137 reviews)
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Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
July 28, 2019

Highly recommended! No worries. Excellent organization

Kristel S

Holiday in Japan

4.0 rating
June 1, 2019

Fabrice Barbin was excellent on communication and responsiveness. The guides were excellent and all the hosts who met us were there as planned…no hic-ups. Thank you. The only concern, were we felt the itinerary was not unique and something we couldn’t have done ourselves or with another agency. We organized the Mario cars, a food tour on our own. We also learned our first day the boat ride on the itinerary wasn’t operating, so we had to re-arrange, which the guide paid for.

Donald L

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
May 28, 2019

Communicated clearly and helpfully over an extended period several months before our trip to suggest, advise and recommend places to see and how to go about it. They engaged professional local guides for one full day private tour in each major city and provided good information for how we could get about on our own the other days. They booked the hotels and provided flexible train tickets so that we could make changes if and when we desired.

Mark N

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
March 30, 2019

Backyard Travel’s customer service is excellent, we changed our itinerary a few times and this was accommodated without question and expediently. The self guide app includes the complete itinery along with recommended places to eat and attractions nearby we found really helpful. The local guides were informative and helpful too guiding it’s around the underground and taxis until we felt like locals.
I am hoping to book another experience with them soon.

Rana K

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
March 18, 2019

Excellent, thorough, with follow-up and every detail taken care of, as arranged

Maureen B

Holiday in Japan

3.0 rating
December 4, 2018

Generally things went well. We were told our documents would be waiting for us at our hotel. Someone forgot to send them, so we had to chase them. Overall though very pleased

David W

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NY Times - Japan - Nozawa

Jan ’14 “The Asian operator Backyard Travel offers 10-day itineraries to explore Nozawa and nearby sights like a seventh-century temple and a refuge for the area’s famed snow monkeys.”

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What's Special about Kyoto

Reputed as one of the most beautiful cities in Japan, Kyoto certainly stands out. From dainty temples and shrines to sweeping parks of cherry blossoms, this City of History — a worthy nickname — is home to no fewer than 17 UNESCO sites.


Like the rest of Japan, Kyoto has a very monoracial population. Kyoto’s locals are cool, refined, genteel, and polite. They are very interested in fashion and consider themselves sophisticated and well-groomed people.


Spring is divine in Kyoto — cherry blossoms and blue skies. But autumn is also popular, and Kyoto is especially beautiful for its leaves. Between June and August, temperatures can be hot, making summer a quiet time to travel.


Start the day with shopping in Shijo-Dori. Food lovers, try kaiseki dining, a notable Kyoto meal of mini dishes. For nightlife, head to Gion and hop from sushi bistro to rice-ball stand, from karaoke bar to teahouse.


Fashion is a huge part of Kyoto culture, as seen in the Kyoto Costume Institute. Art lovers will love the trendy east side. Browse comics to your heart’s content at the Kyoto International Manga Museum.


The locals of Kyoto speak Japanese. The younger generations and businessmen may speak some English, but for the most part, Japanese is the only language spoken.


Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto today is a city of historical and cultural significance. Visit the Nijo Castle for a glimpse into Japan’s feudal past, or browse the fascinating exhibitions in the Kyoto National Museum.

Meet Our Kyoto Private Tour Specialists

We’re all about local expertise. Obviously that’s why our Japan team lives in Japan! Tell us what kind of travel you’re looking for, and we’ll design a tailor-made Kyoto tour that suits your style and ambitions.


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