Gion Karesansui Sakura Autumn beauty
I can take you outside of Kyoto!

There are many wonderful places to go outside of Kyoto. With my van or sedan you can go on trips outside of the city and bring your luggage. I can pick you up and drop you off where you like (airport terminal, shinkansen stations, Nanko, hotels, etc.). Please enquire for details. Please note that the rates outside of Kyoto will be different and depend the destination, etc.

One day trip
Long distant trips

One of my recommendations for a long distance from Kyoto is Miyama. Driving in the mountains and along the rivers, and you will be in the middle of beautiful village of Miyama where people still preserve slow and nostalgic life.

Miyama Miyama

Nara is a prefecture next to Kyoto (on the south) which is also known as Japan's old historical city. Horyu-ji Temple, the world's oldest wooden architecture, Todai-ji Temple with the world famous Great Buddha (Daibutsu), Primitive forest of Kasuga Forest (all World Heritage Sites) and many other long-established cultural assets are all in Nara. Hiking on the Mount Wakakusa is also recommended.

Todai-ji Temple Todai-ji Temple

Kyoto’s another neighboring prefecture, Shiga, is blessed with both nature and cultural attractions. MIHO MUSEUM is a brilliant private museum nestled in the middle of mountain of Shigaraki. The museum was designed by the internationally famous architect, I.M. Pei, representing Utopia, and its art collection mainly featuring Buddhist art is a must-see. On a fine day, driving along the Lake Biwa is very refreshing to enjoy seasonal beauty. Some areas near Lake Biwa welcome cherry blossom a little later than other areas.

Lake Biwa Lake Biwa

If you like to take an even longer drive from Kyoto, I can take you to The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Takamatsu City, Kochi and Naoshima, the little island in the Seto Inland Sea where a number of novel art events coming up.

Koyasan, Ise, Kanazawa and Gifu – they are all within my driving & guiding plan. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions and preference so that I will make an once-in-a-life tour only for you.

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Maiko at Gion

There are many wonderful places in Kyoto. In addition to those famous places, I can also take you to some good unknown spots. Enjoy the ride without worry about language with me!