See the morning freshness of Kyoto in an early bird tour

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Discover Kyoto at it's most magical hour as the sun rises over Japan's historic treasure of a city. Take a magical walk through the thousands of red gates at Fushimi Inari shrine and visit a nearly empty temple, then onto the bamboo grove.

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  • Early bird tour from 6:00 am-10:00 am
  • Take a magical walk through the thousands of red gates at Fushimi Inari shrine
  • Enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu Temple
  • See the bamboo grove in Arashiyama
  • See the top three places in Kyoto before breakfast!

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JR Fushimi Inari Station

Important Information

We have a minimum of two guests so if you are booking for just yourself, please note that we may have to ask you to change your arrival date or may have to cancel the tour if we don't get another booking by the time you get to Kyoto.

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Hi my name is Niall and I am looking forward to meeting you! I love Japan and I really like helping people find the beauty and unique features of this country. I have only been living here about 6 years, but I have been fascinated by the history and sociology of the country.

That's why I started Kyoto Fun!

We focus on giving you flexible and fun days out which are catered to couples and small groups of friends and people travelling on their own. You can join in on a group tour or we can create customised itineraries which are designed with your unique interests and travel style in mind.

Relax while we take care of all the details to make sure you have the best day in Kyoto. We offer day trips by bicycle, on foot or by public transport. No need to figure out a complicated transport network on your own. We also offer nature hikes and nightlife bar hopping experiences. Take the stress out of your holiday and know you are in good hands when you book with us.

Our small team of travel buddies are all people who love Kyoto and enjoy showing off all that this great city has to offer, offering inside knowledge on the most popular sights and showing you some of the hidden gems that make this one of the most attractive travel destinations in the world. Our people are knowledgable, have cross cultural experience and are fun loving and caring. Our number one objective is to be adaptable to our clients interests, entertain you with tales from the past or present and have a laugh along the way.

Kyoto has so many rich offerings that it’s hard to know where to start. With an insider’s knowledge you can be sure to get the most out of your short time here. Plus we are always happy to pass on tips for things to do after the day even offering to reserve a recommended restaurant or help secure tickets for an event. Our joy is in helping our customers have an amazing time in Kyoto.

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Reviews (18)

  • Amanda Amanda

    Serene and Informative Tour

    I have dreamed of visiting the Fushimi Inari shrine for years, but friends who have gone always come back with photos with hundreds of other tourists in the background. Besides the fact that that won't work for my Christmas card, I can't imagine that you get the full experience of the shrine while dodging other people. Not only were we the only people on this tour, we were almost the only people in the shrines! Our guide, Emilien, was knowledgeable and shared many facts and stories about our destinations. We even saw things not listed in the tour, and you can tell that Emilien really enjoys talking to people and loves Japan. I would highly recommend this tour!

  • Cheryl Cheryl

    A relaxing way to see Kyoto's major sites.

    You should book this tour if you are looking for an unique stress-free experience when touring major sites in Kyoto.

    Being early risers (also very jet lagged) this tour was perfect for us to see the Fushimi Inari Shrines, Bamboo Forest and Tenryuji Temple. We were able to experience these places without any stress or claustrophobia.

    Emilien was an awesome guide. He was knowledgeable and a great host. We enjoyed talking to him and he had some great suggestions on other temples to visit that was off the beaten path.

    I highly recommend this tour!

  • Minnie Minnie

    Early morning call in Kyoto 😎

    Me and my family had a good exploration on this tour with Niall. He made our family relaxed and comfortable. We had a good time talking and listening to him on things needed to know about Kyoto and other trivial things. Fushimi Inari and the Arashima Bamboo Grove were beautiful.Being on these 2 beautiful places is a must for every visiting traveller. And having Niall as our tour guide and a new found friend makes the whole tour even better😎😎

  • Mazza Mazza

    Early bird gets the WORM! and best VIEWS!!!

    This is an awesome tour. Definitely worth it. Went on a private tour with Emilien. Was incredibly informative and insightful about Japan culture and history. Was very flexible and down to earth an awesome guide. The early start is definitely worth it. Less crowds the better. Best day in Kyoto ever and would definitely book this again. Emilien, thanks for being such a top bloke and a legend for showing me around Kyoto. You're aces in my book. Cheers buddy.

  • Jesslyn Jesslyn

    Enlightening and informative tour with Emilien

    Emilien was such an amazing tour guide. He was very patient with us especially when we became lost to meet up with us.
    He was very informative and the tour went smoothly with him explaining to us the origins of the gates, statues and significance of every detail places at the Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine. We were unable to go to the third place as mentioned as we were late and had another appointment to attend to, however I felt that I Emilien made the most out of the time we had and was more than happy to extend the time only if we didn't have to be with his partner Niall later that afternoon.
    Emilien was very casual and allowed us to venture to places and buy souvenirs, which was great. Would love to go on another tour around Osaka with Emilien again if I was to come back to Osaka in the near future.

    Thank you Emilien, from Jesslyn, Jenny and Kevin (the thee lost kids) 😁

  • Liz Liz

    A fantastic personal tour! Perfect time of day to see these wonderful sites!|

    Niall was a great tour guide, full of knowledge and passion. He really accustomed the tour to me and it felt personable. All places that you visit are well worth the trip and the early morning just make it extra special because you avoid all the crowds. The pace of the tour is spot on and I know you will thoroughly enjoy your time with Niall and enjoy listening to his knowledge and stories. Thank you so much Niall and for going that extra mile. :)

  • Jennifer Jennifer

    A perfect time to see the city!

    I've heard that these places are completely overwhelmed with crowds when it gets later in the day, so when I found the "Early Bird Tour" I jumped on it! So happy I did. Emilien was a wonderful guide, very engaging and knowledgable, and we were able to have a peaceful and scenic walk around some very special places (that I think are much better experienced when you have a chance to relax and take it all in). I would highly recommend this tour...don't be scared off by the early hour! In fact, it just leaves the rest of your day open to exploring even more of this wonderful city. :)

  • Johan Johan

    Enjoy landmarks without the masses of tourists

    I'm not a morning person but this early rise was more than worth it. Just with the knowledgeable and pleasant guide and a handful of Japanese, I got to discover and enjoy in all tranquility and serenity some wonderful shrines/temples of Kyoto.

  • Rachel Rachel

    Fantastic tour! highly recommend

    Emilien was a great host and it was so nice to see the famous temples and shrines without any crowds. This is a wonderful tour for people who have never been to Kyoto.

  • Ammie Ammie

    So quiet, so peacefull, the best time to explore

    What an amazing experience, no crowds, no noise, just peace and quiet. You could feel and fully embrace the beauty around you. An opportunity you shouldn't let pass you by, you will not regret this tour, in fact it will be the highlight of your whole trip and you will remember it for a life time.