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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
  • 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

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

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.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Rebecca gave us a wonderful tour!

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!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Took this tour on our first day in Kyoto and it's a really great introduction to this lovely city. Our guide Terin was very engaging and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the afternoon visiting Tofukuji temple, Fushimi Inari shrine and the Gion district. Highly recommended for those visiting Kyoto on limited time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a great afternoon Terin the guide was very informative and friendly.
Terin went out of his way to help everybody even after the tour had ended he still recommended
other places to see and walked us through the narrow streets to show us the way.
Would totally recommend this tour .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Good and awesome experience. Good guide who speaks English really properly! Even saw some Geisha's!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

our guide Terin was amazing - we were a group of 12, but he made everyone feel like the only one on the tour. his depth of knowledge on the temples and shrines we visited was impressive, and his delivery was both engaging and informative. if it was interesting, Terin knew about it - and many things he pointed out we would have missed, or been unable to know about, because interpretive signage is so limited. we sent several friends his way as they headed to Kyoto.

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