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  • Location:Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

Discover the stunning Zen gardens, colorful temples and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this 3.5-hour, small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and sublime religious monuments of this historic Japanese city, once the imperial capital, as you join a guide on visits to the Gion Geisha district, Tofukuji Temple and more. This small-group Kyoto experience also includes snacks and all entrance fees.


  • 3.5-hour cultural walking tour of Kyoto
  • Explore the Geisha district of Gion
  • Experience the peace of a Zen rock garden at the Tokufuji temple
  • Gain insight into Japan's history and culture
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Walk through Kyoto's infamous tori gates and spot the fox statues at the Fushimi Inari Shrine

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What You Can Expect

Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Journey back in time to ancient Japan as you admire the Geishas, Zen gardens and colorful temples of Kyoto, with this small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people. This personalized exploration of Kyoto, a now-modern city that is also the historic heart of Japanese culture, is the perfect introduction to this famous Japanese city’s many centuries of tradition.

Start your exploration by meeting your guide at 2pm at Kyoto station. Begin your visit to the city’s many attractions with a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, a sacred religious site situated on the outskirts of the city on a densely-forested hillside. Admire the shrine’s brilliant-red sacred gates, or torii, which you may recognize from the film Memoirs of a Geisha, and make sure to check out the site’s many smaller monuments and its fox statue.

Continue next to Tofukuji Temple, a lovely 13th century Zen temple famous as one of five great religious buildings of Kyoto. Make sure to check out the wealth of idyllic gardens located on the temple grounds of this still-operational monastery.

Finish your day in Kyoto’s Gion District, renowned for the many geishas that populate its streets. Wander among the area’s traditional tea houses and eateries, and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of these elegantly-dressed women, clothed in the traditional Japanese kimono.

Customer Reviews

Mary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Terrin was our guide and he was very knowledgeable! We went to Kyoto on one of the BUSIEST weekends and boy was it busy. It was crowded, everywhere. Terrin was great though, he didn't rush anything, he made sure we got the most out of our time there. I'm kind of sad we only got to see three major places but they were worth it. This is a great tour if you are new to Kyoto and need an introduction.

Christopher R P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent tour. Guide was American so easy to understand. Very knowledgeable guide. Learned a lot.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour with Pepijn was very enjoyable.
Very recommended, especially if you only have very limited time like we did.
We wouldn't have been able to see much at all if we had to wonder around by ourselves

Sandra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very nice tour with lots of interesting information. We were in a small group so our tour guide was willing to stop for longer periods in each place. Totally recommended!

Christopher L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing overview of Kyoto. Our tour guide Terrin was outstanding!!

Anne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Kyoto one of my favourite places. Gion district Cultural Tour a must for everyone, so much history to see and it shows how the normal Japanese live. Very clean city as is all of Japan. Tour guide absolutely amazing and knowledgeable.

Samir H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour. A very knowledgeable guide. Message to guide and #39;Thanks for your very useful email, I seem to have accidentally deleted it and so was unable to thank you by replying to it and #39;. - Samir

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Rebecca gave us a wonderful tour!

Florence A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good introductory tour to Kyoto. Our guide, Alex, speaks excellent English and is very patient and kind. He is knowledgeable and answered our questions well. Yes, a lot of walking, but the pace is acceptable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide was awesome! Great tour! I recommend highly!!!

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