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4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Our guide Kumiko was friendly and helpful - overall, an excellent guide. Biking though busy areas of Kyoto was a bit nerve-wrecking at first (I'm from Canada, I'm not used to crowds!), but overall, the bike tour was one of the best things we did in Japan. Highly recommend it.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

It was a great way to see the "real" Kyoto. Out tour guide gave us a really personal tour where we not only had a lot of fun but saw plenty we would not have if we were not on a bike. Excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

A really great way to see Kyoto, from the insight of a local guide. (and on a bike) They explained the history and culture behind the sites we visited. You get to see the back streets that tour groups do not go to.
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Great way to see Kyoto. I recommend this tour to all. Our guide Kumiko and Kaz were very good and helpful.
Although it was raining at the end of our tour, we still had a good time. Thanks again to Kumiko and Kaz for the tips. We really enjoyed the experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Kyoto is a great city to take a bike tour for the recreational cyclist and for those travelling with children who enjoy an active alternative to sightseeing on a bus or train tour. Kaz, our guide chose nice routes through areas that were safe and easy to ride and took us to see significant temples and shrines as well as beautiful backstreets that we would not have found on our own. He spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable of Kyoto and its history. Riding bikes through this historic city during the peak of the fall foliage season made for a memorable morning in Kyoto.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

I highly recommend this tour due to all the really great sites we were able to visit throughout the Kyoto area. Even though it was very hot and humid on the day of the bike tour, we were kept "cool" by our tour guide "Kaz" who was very knowledgeable, courteous, friendly, and very patient with our entire group and went the extra mile to ensure we were all satisfied with the tour. We were able to visit sites by bikes that would have otherwise been difficult to see by car, bus, etc. We all had lots of fun and look forward to taking this tour the next time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

One of the highlights of my trip to Japan. My guide Sebastian was knowledgeable and entertaining, and took me to areas of Kyoto that were well worth visiting but I would never have found by myself.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Excellent guide from New Zealand. Good itinerary. Easy to find start location.

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Fantastic way to see the sites of Kyoto... Very knowledgable guide too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

The small group was great, personalised by guide Hiro. Great to travel around Kyoto by bike and have everything explained in detail.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

(English translation below)
Wir haben diese Tour gebucht, weil sich Kyoto von der Grösse her sehr gut für eine Erkundung mit dem Fahrrad eignet und ein japanischer Freund uns geraten hatte, sich zur Eingewöhnung einen Führer zu buchen. Die hiess Ayumi, sprach sehr gut Englisch und kannte sich auch sonst ganz gut aus. Es gab eine vorgegebene Rundtour, von der wir aber nach Belieben abweichen durften, zumal wir die einzigen Teilnehmer waren.
Auf diese Weise bekamen wir in über drei Stunden eine Menge zu sehen und hatten Hilfe bei der Selbstverteidigung - Fahrradfahren ist scheinbar in Wirklichkeit ein Kampfsport ;-) Auf jeden Fall eine sehr empfehlenswerte Art der Stadterkundung und seinen Preis wert, besonders bei einer so netten Führung.
We booked this tour because the size of Kyoto is bicyle-friendly. A japanese friend advised us to book a guide however to get used to biking in Japan. Our guide Ayumi had great knowledge about English as well as of the city. She had a proposal for a tour, but as we were the only participants we were able to do changes at will. This way we saw in more than three hours a lot of interesting points and got help in self-defense – bicycle-riding seems to be a kind of martial art in Japan ;-) Anyway it was a very good experience of exploring the city, especially with such a friendly and nice support. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

The trip was brilliant. Hiro the guide was excellent and very informative. It was really good fun and an excellent way to see the city.

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.

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