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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
May 2015

Definitely a nice way to see Kyoto and actually learn something. Our tour guide was very patient and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Wonderful trip around the highlights of Kyoto. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable, and I'm so glad we got to see so much in just half a day. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

A great way to get a flavour of Tokyo. We were a group of 9 and Salome our guide managed to communicate and explain to all of us very well. We went to a shrine with beautiful zen gardens, a temple and then to the Giesha district. I was impressed with Salome's knowledge and enthusiasm about Japan and Japanese culture and really enjoyed the walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Fantastic tour, packed so much into a few hours. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and her enthusiasm for Japan and Japanese culture was contagious- would recommend this tour to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

The best small group cultural tour that I have ever been on. The guide was fantastic. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Excellent personal tour for a Kyoto first-timer. The enthusiasm of our English speaking guide was infectious and made the afternoon memorable. Her insights offered glimpses into Japanese life that a tourist would not be able to obtain on a big bus tour or by following a guidebook on one's own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

The tour was amazingly informative and extremely punctual.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This tour was perfect!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Very informative and professionally run. Really enjoyed our afternoon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Loved Kyoto thanks to my fantastic tour guide! Went to three sights in half a day and enjoyed every minute of it! Thank you for an unforgettable tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

We had a wonderful trip to see some of the most beautiful temples and
the Geisha area. Our tour guide Elsa was very knowledgeable very kind: my camera broke the same day and I was very upset, but Elsa let me use her Iphone and sent me the taken photos via email. Thank you for that, Else! You made my day in every way! :-)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

I loved this trip much and people I met were so nice.
Our tour guide Keimi was nice and she explained well. But she walks really fast~ :)
I recomme this tour to whom are considering about it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Was lucky enough to be only the 2 of us on this tour. Jade (Australian) our guide had excellent knowledge for the area and it was helpfully that we could understand her so well and were able to ask so may questions about Japanense culture. Would definitely recommend the tour company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

We had a fantastic time. Our guide was knowledgable, friendly and helpful. Not only did this save us the headache of looking for locations, without the guide's detailed explanations we would not have known what we were looking at and therefore had less fun. Everyone else on the tour was super nice too. Highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

The tour was fantastic, we saw parts of Kyoto that tourists don't normally get to, also just long enough to keep the interest. Fantastic guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Together with our tour guide, a lovely lady from Australia, we were only 3 people. Was a good and effective tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

What an amazing tour! Jade was an incredible guide who was a fountain of information and fun tips about Kyoto. It was such a wonderful experience that i shall cherish for a lifetime! Jade is hands down the best tour guide I have ever had, truly a free spirit and kind person! Cannot recommend this tour enough!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Jade was such a lovely and helpful tour guide. She answered all our questions and made sure we got the best out of our tour. We even got to see a real geisha!
Would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Great tour with a very knowledgable guide. Visiting fushimi inari was a dream come true. Spotted a geisha in Gion to top it off.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

It was a great cultural tour. We met with Elsa who brought us around a few of the shrines and temples in the Kyoto area and she provided information in a perfectly understandable english.

There is quite a bit of walking, but she gives the group an option to walk or take a train.

The Geisha portion of the tour (towards the end) is a hit or miss. You may, or may not, be able to stumble upon a geisha during the tour. So, there is a bit of luck that goes with it. I did manage to see one from afar (legit geisha, not an ordinary woman dressed in a Kimono), but to make your tour more successful, I suggest staying away from the main road.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

best value and great experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This tour was fantastic. The tour guide was funny, friendly, and knowledgeable. The small group size worked very well as we did a good amount of walking in busy areas. At the end of the tour the guide recommended a few areas for dinner that were english-speaking friendly but off the beaten path - really fabulous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Our guide Elsa was wonderful and took us to some great sights. As a resident she was able to share some interesting insights to Japanese culture. It started to pour at one point but she kept going as long as the group was ok with it. group size was just right. Highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

I had a wonderful experience. The tour guide is very nice and speaks very good english! They were very knowledgable, and so willing to answer questions. I got some of my best photographs on this tour over my entire two months in Japan. This is the tour to do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

It was awesome. Very informative and appreciated being given options and allowed to weigh in on what we did and how we got there.

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