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4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Great tour! Our tour guide Rai was wonderful, informative, and fun. He made sure all questions were answered, and added alot of infomation and insight into Japanese culture and life. All in all time well spent and worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

We had a small group of two families and both of us had small children in prams. Keep in mind that there is a lot of walking.
Our guide was Ramon, who was friendly and informative He provided a different slant on the Japanese culture that you would have otherwise got from a larger more corporate tour company.
The tour features a temple and shrine as well as well as the backstreets of Gion. We would have never found these places by ourselves. Our guide had spent some time overseas so had a great take on western life compared to Japanese life and narrated the tour well and in a funny way.
After the tour concluded our guide walked us back to the bus stop to get back to Kyoto Station. We were lucky to catch the express bus and I understand the normal one would have taken a while. It’s too far for taxi so remember to grab the express bus. Well recommended and a highlight of our trip to Japan.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

It was excellent:) the guide we had was really friendly and told us her plans for the tour before we set off checking if everyone was okay with where we were going etc.She organised everything for us i.e train travel around Kyoto.She was full of knowledge and never hurried us,
Highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

This was our favourite day in Kyoto - we saw so much in only a few hours and the locations we went to were amazing.
If you only do 1 tour in Kyoto, this should be it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Excellent really enjoyed it and guide was great. Highly recommend tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Very good introduction to Kyoto and its neighbourhoods

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Absolutely fantastic tour! Felt like walking through Kyoto with a knowledgable friend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Our tour guide was so sweet and patient. Glad we did this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

It's amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This tour was fabulous from start to finish. We even saw three geisha girls in the Gion district. The Gion district was amazing and we were walking down the cobbled alleyways in the moonlight. Fabulous experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This tour was fantastic and definitely a highlight of our time in Kyoto. Our guide Kumiko was very knowledgeable and informative, easy to understand and funny. We learnt a lot about the New Year traditions, the Kyoto way of life, the geisha traditions, Japanese food (we really enjoyed the Japanese sweet shop in Gion!). The small group made it easy to ask lots of questions. All of the tour sightseeing was amazing and my favourite was the Fushimi Inari shrine which every visitor to Kyoto must visit! Thank you Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Intimate tour of Kyoto - like walking around with a friend. Answered a lot of questions about New Year traditions, difference between maiko and geisha. Made allowances for my bum knee. Tour was comfortable pace with stops for snacks. Excellent guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and it was more than we expected. Our tour guide was wonderful and she went to great lengths to make sure we spotted a geisha in Gion. Our walking tour with her was also fantastic and we really enjoyed the local feel of the walk. The sweets we're were given were also enjoyable.
Loved this tour and would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Excellent tour.
Jaz was a great tour guide. Very helpful and patient.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We loved it and learned so much.We would recommend it to everyone.

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