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The Philosopher’s Path

One of Japan’s heralded philosophers is said to have meditated daily as he walked on a stone route alongside a canal on his commute to Kyoto University. The scenic path, shaded by hundreds of cherry trees, quickly became known as The Philosopher’s ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

It was BRILLIANT !!! Path of Philosophy was magical. The wind started and blew the Cherry Blossom petals like they were snow. A great workout fir 4 hours. Saw parts of Kyoto we would never have otherwise seen. Great tourguide Grecia. My 9 and 11 year olds kept up and loved it. Highly recommend

Doing what: Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Brad was a great leader and we saw some beautiful things. I liked the "philosopher's path" I think it is called because you see a bunch of little houses' backyards and lots of regular people living their daily lives. We saw a wedding photo session at a shrine. If there is any drawback it is that it was about 90 degrees and humid, but I forced myself to forget that I was soaking wet with sweat and to press on!

Doing what: Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

This was a great way to get acquainted with Kyoto. Our guide met us promptly at the meeting point and walked us to the bike rental shop. We took off along the river to see the beautiful cherry blossoms just starting to open up. Our visits to 2 temples were brief but long enough for some good photo opportunities. Riding along the Path of Philosophy was difficult because of the many pedestrians so we walked our bikes as we admired the tranquility and beauty around us. Our guide was very nice but I have two complaints. 1) At one point, myself and one other biker ended up at the end of our line of about 8 bikers. The others rode quickly ahead of us. I fell off my bike trying to avoid two small boys who suddenly appeared in my path. Luckily, my fellow biker, whom I did not know prior to this tour, stuck with me to help me because neither the guide nor the rest of the group were anywhere in sight. Once I had righted myself and started pedaling along, we reached a cross street and looking both ways could see no sign of any of our group! We decided to stay where we were hoping that our guide would notice we were gone. After about a full 10 minutes, my husband came back to find us, following a few minutes afterwards by the guide. I think the guide should have kept better track of the group so he'd have known 2 people were missing for a good 15 minutes! 2) The tour was listed as being 3 hours but in fact it ended up being 4 1/4 hours. This was an issue for me and another person in my group who have knee problems because a 3 hour ride would have been fine but the extra hour caused more discomfort than anticipated. When we asked our guide why it had taken so much longer, he said that he didn't want to rush the group...
All in all, the tour itself was lovely and seeing Kyoto by bike takes less toll on the feet than walking! If the guide had been more aware of the whereabouts of his charges and if the schedule had been a bit more strict it would have gotten a 5.

Doing what: Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

Biking is a good way to explore Kyoto. We were lucky to have a private tour. The tour guide was very nice but a little unexperienced. But that was okay, we had a great day. Biking along the river an at the Path of Philosophy was wonderful.

Doing what: Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

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