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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Savor the beauty and charm of Kyoto on this cultural walking tour. An ancient yet elegant city, Kyoto showcases all that is refined and unique about Japanese culture. Wander with your knowledgeable guide through Zen gardens, visit shrines and temples, and catch glimpses of geishas in their kimonos. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour cultural walking tour of Kyoto
  • Explore the Geisha district of Gion
  • Admire the Tofukuji Temple, a must-see Kyoto sight
  • Experience the peace of Zen gardens
  • Gain insight into Japan's history and culture
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

Fushimi Inari Shrine

While traditional customs and lifestyle remain strong among locals, Kyoto is also a vibrant and modern city, where the old and the new co-exist in perfect harmony. You can soak up this culture on this small-group walking tour of Kyoto.

On the outskirts of the city, nestled in a wooded mountain, is the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Wander through the numerous bright red torii (sacred gates), made famous in the film Memoirs of a Geisha, and admire the many smaller shrines and fox statues.

Next, visit Tofukuji Temple, one of the five great Zen temples of Kyoto and a rare example of surviving Zen architecture from the 13th century. Amble through the many gardens, both modern and traditional, of this working monastery.

End your tour with a trip to the fascinating Gion District and home of the geisha. As you stroll past the traditional restaurants and tea houses that have remained unchanged over the years, glimpse the geishas with their beautiful and intricate kimonos, and learn the secrets of this ancient traditional art.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

GREAT tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

great tour guide that was very informative about the local history and culture. great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour. Benjamin was very informative and friendly. I highly recommend this tour if in Kyoto.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide Tomo was fantastic and had great English language skills. The whole tour was very well done from start to finish and she was extremely good with helping group members with more holiday ideas. We visited beautiful Temples and all tour members seem to manage the walk well. We were a group of 12 ranging from 60-ish year old couples to 6year olds.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Super knowledgeable guide. Very professional and relaxed. Top recommendations.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was great.....Our guide was very informative. Made a great day out of a rainy one. Truly enjoyed our afternoon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really loved the small group setup - it allowed for a more personalized, intimate tour. Our tour guide was both knowledgeable and friendly. A worthwhile investment! Felt like it helped us get the most out of the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really enjoyable and rewarding tour. The guide was very informative and made sure we saw as much as possible within the timeframe of the tour.
Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. He was quietly spoken but I think it was due to a cold. He was very patient and went above and beyond to make sure we saw and learnt about Kyoto. The tour fit in perfectly as we had already booked in another tour which went to completely different sites.
Would definitely recommend!

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