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

Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Grab your bike and get set to explore Kyoto from the ground up. On this small-group bike tour, you’ll unearth the real Kyoto while cycling the narrow lanes and charming back streets of this former imperial city.


  • 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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Start your small-group bike tour of Kyoto by cycling along the Kamo River, passing the many traditional restaurants that dot the waterfront. You’ll get great views of the downtown area along this route.

Then, cycle to Heian-Jingu Shrine, a spiritual center of Japan. Note its impressive bright red torii (a sacred gate) and replica buildings of the old Kyoto Palace.

Make your way along the quaint canals to the Nanzenji Temple, a classic example of Zen Buddhism, and admire its stunning smaller temples. Take some time to sit and contemplate the natural beauty before heading down the Path of Philosophy.

Flanked by hundreds of cherry trees, the Path of Philosophy was named by Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.

End your tour by riding past the Shimogamo Shrine with its unique forest setting in the heart of Kyoto. Then return to Kyoto Station.

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

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!

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.

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!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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