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  • Location:Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:3 to 4 hours (approx.)

Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this 3- to 4-hour small-group tour limited to 12 participants. Your intimate bike ride will give you a taste of the charming architecture, narrow alleys and beautiful religious structures that give this ancient imperial city its unique atmosphere. Your Kyoto bike ride excursion also includes a guide, snacks and a helmet.


  • Small-group bike tour of Kyoto
  • See Heian-Jingu Shrine, Nanzenji Temple and Shimogamo Shrine
  • Ride down the Path of Philosophy
  • Maximum of 12 participants ensures a more personalized experience
  • Use of bike is included

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

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Wind your way through the charming side streets and elegant temples of ancient Kyoto by bicycle, allowing an unexpected way to explore this famous Japanese city. Your small-group bike tour is the perfect chance to experience the daily rhythms and important attractions of one of the world’s most picturesque urban areas.

Start your bike excursion in the morning from Kyoto Station, where you’ll meet your guide and proceed to get your bike, helmet and brief safety instructions. Pedal off into the city by heading for the Kamo River, a route that affords excellent views of downtown, along with a collection of traditional restaurants that line the river banks.

Head next to Heian-Jingu Shrine, an important religious center known for its visually-striking red torii (sacred gate), where you’ll also have the chance to admire reconstructions of structures from Kyoto’s old palace complex.

Continue your cycle trip by riding along a network of charming canals, eventually reaching Nanzenji Temple, which embodies many of the typical stylistic details of classic Zen Buddhist religious structure. Take a few moments to explore the site’s collection of eye-catching small temples before proceeding on to the famous Path of Philosophy.

Arrive at the Path of Philosophy, a beautiful thoroughfare lined on both sides by hundreds of cherry trees. This iconic path was named by Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who used the walkway to practice meditation during his commute to nearby Kyoto University.

Finish your cycling trip with a stop at Shimogamo Shrine, an idyllic temple complex tucked into a forest oasis in the heart of Kyoto. After visiting the shrine, return by bicycle to Kyoto Station where you ride concludes.

Customer Reviews

Kim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Loved this bike tour. We went with a family of 4 adults, this was the highlight of our trip! loved our tour guides that were more then happy to translate everything for us into english at the temples.

Pablo E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fun tour with a really charming and informative guide. Cruising Kyoto on a bike is lovely, truly excelent route. The shrines and temples visited were amazing. My one complain is that it's all a little bit rushed, would have been nice to have more time to take it all on. Still, highly recommended, I will never forget that day.

Lisa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Guide chose nice route and gave us interesting background stories. As nearly every Kyoto-citizen bikes in the city, it is really nice to become like one of them, even only for a few hours.

Valda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fabulous guide Alex and a great ride. Fantastic temples and easy riding. Loved it

Andrew J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent introduction to soem of the byways of Kyoto, good guide and abouit the cycle pace. Visited three Temples/Shrines in the half day, leaving enough time to do my own sightseeing in the afternoon before returning to Tokyo. Fortunately there were only two of us on this particular day.

Janet L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Ken, our tour leader was very nice and helpful and the rental company were accomodating.

Shelby N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a great time on our trip! It was the highlight of our time in Kyoto. Prior to the bike ride, we saw a few shrines and temples and we didn't have much information about the places. It was fantastic having our own personal guide of the shrines and temples in Kyoto. he was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend!

Brandolin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide Guillerin was fantastic. Since it was only two of us on the tour he even let us deviate a bit and visit a temple I was especially interested in. Great experience, great way to see Kyoto.

Julie L G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My boyfriend and I were the only ones who booked this tour on the day and that gave us the chance for an intimate one-on-one tour with our tour guide. Benjamin, our tour guide, took us on a wonderful bike journey through Kyoto. He explained the differences between temples and shrines, shared some roasted chestnuts with us so delicious! and by the end of it, we were biking around like the locals. Definitely an enjoyable tour!

Michelle C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Was a great way to explore the city. Our guide had lots of knowledge and spoke very good English. It was a great tour.

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