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Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

Get a deeper experience of Kyoto food culture than would be possible on your own by joining this guided tour. Stroll through the districts of Gion and Pontocho, stopping in to small bars and restaurants to sample traditional drinks and food, as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour

Discover the Zen gardens, colorful temples, and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and 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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kyoto Early Bird Tour

Kyoto is one of Japan’s most popular travel destinations and with over 50 million annual visitors, it can get busy. This tour makes an early start so you can avoid the crowds and cram much more into your day. Stroll around the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before the tour groups arrive, visit Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) right as it opens, and walk through the torii gates of Fushimi Inari (Shrine) before the midday heat.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple & Deer Park from Kyoto

Discover the historic environs of Nara, ancient capital of Japan, as you explore Buddhist temples, shrines and the famous Nara deer park on this 5.5-hour excursion from Kyoto. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and home to the country’s largest Buddha statue, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Then stop by Nara Park, a 1,250-acre reserve that’s home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Your Nara excursion also includes pickup from select Kyoto hotels, a guide and all entrance fees.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this small-group tour limited to 9 participants. Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this Kyoto tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. See shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Hidden Kyoto E-Biking

Cycle past a mix of Kyoto’s most-famous sights and its lesser-known secrets during this half-day ‘Hidden Kyoto’ bike tour. Take a 4.9-mile (8-kilometer) ride that starts by winding past iconic Kyoto temples and shrines like Kinkakuji, Koto-in, and Kitano Tenmagu. You’ll continue ‘off the beaten path,’ discovering intimate Zen gardens and charming backstreets known only to locals.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion & Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

Marvel at the some of the top UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples and palaces of ancient Kyoto on this half-day tour. This quick introduction to the sights of Kyoto covers Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and the Japanese Emperor’s former Imperial Palace—a perfect way to see the city if you’re short on time. Your guided morning Kyoto excursion includes entrance fees and transport between sites by coach.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Private Kyoto Arashiyama Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Experience a more natural, idyllic, side of Japan during this 4-hour private excursion to the Arashiyama area in western Kyoto. Climb aboard your chartered limo, van or bus for an exploration of Arashiyama attractions like the historic Tenryu Temple, picturesque Togetsukyo Bridge and the tranquil Sagano Bamboo Groves. Best of all this trip is easily customized, allowing you to pick the attractions and itinerary that best meet your interests. A driver, round-trip transport from central Kyoto and private vehicle are included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Kyoto

This is an easy, culturally-enriching bus trip from JR Kyoto station to Kyoto. The tour stops at the Fushimi Inari temple and the UNESCO world heritage sites, the Kiyomizu-dera temple and the Kinkakuji temple.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Kyoto Afternoon Tour - Fushimiinari Shrine & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto

Explore the intricate temples and serene gardens of Kyoto on this 4-hour guided tour visiting some of the imperial city’s most important religious and cultural sites. Check out Sanjusangendo Temple, the longest wooden structure in Japan and home more than 1000 Kannon statues, Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine, the head shrine of the god Inari and the supreme views afforded from Kiyomizu Temple high above Kyoto. This excursion to Kyoto’s top temples also includes all entrance fees.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

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Kyoto Full-day Private Custom Tour with National Licensed Guide

With a National Licensed and Experienced English speaking guide, this tour will allow you to explore Kyoto more efficiently in one day. Enjoy a full-day walking tour in Kyoto accompanied by an experienced guide who shares the modern and traditional sides of the dynamic Japanese ancient city.Meet at your hotel, then visit famous sites including Fushimi-inari shrine, Kiyomizu-dera temple, Nijo-jo catsle, Gion district and anywhere else as you like. Go in depth with a private guide who customizes your 6 hour tour to your interests.Please let us know what would you like to experience and what time would you like to join the tour and where you stay. We would customize the tour based on your requests!
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Kyoto Exclusive Electric Bike Tour

This course will take you to Kyoto’s must-see destinations such as Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavillion) temple and Arashiyama, as well as some extra gems while avoiding the crowds. Along the way, the host will tell you histories/stories about Kyoto. The tour will take place on electric bikes, so you can see more of Kyoto’s highlights in a speedy, convenient, and relaxing way. Your guide will bring you not only to the most notable temples and shrines but will also show you picturesque Kyoto backstreets and lesser-known places as well. The tour will start in downtown with easy access and ends in Arashiyama which is full of sightseeing spots. Your guide is a Kyoto local, a fluent English speaker and a bicycle enthusiast who’s highly passionate about giving you an intimate experience of all that Kyoto has to offer. E-bike and helmet rental are included in the price.*In case of the rainy day* We have raincoats for everyone. Or you have the option to take a walking tour instead.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Kyoto Evening Gion Food Tour

Immerse yourself in the Japanese culinary tradition of Kaiseki Ryouri during this evening food tour in Kyoto. Follow your guide through the Kamogawa and Gion areas, eating your way through a 10-course meal with included beverages and dessert.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Expert-Led Nishiki Market Foodie Tour

Discover Kyoto's renowned cuisine on a walking tour of Nishiki Market with a food specialist guide. Nishiki Market has been at the heart of Kyoto’s culinary world for centuries, and it features a range of Japanese cuisine and Kyoto specialties, in addition to cookware, fresh produce and other goods. Spend three hours in the famous market, tasting different food items as your guide provides a deeper understanding of Kyoto’s culinary offerings. Your tour includes many samples — bring your curiosity and appetite!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Afternoon Arashiyama Monkey Bike Tour & the Bamboo Forest

Enjoy a late start and absolutely fall in love with Arashiyama on this amazing afternoon tour! Take a trip back in time where the very roads you ride were sub-temples of our World Heritage Tenryuji Zen Temple followed by a short hike up to the impressive panoramic view of Kyoto from Iwatayama Mountain and the accompanying Iwatayama Monkey Park. You will even experience some bamboo forest viewing and visits to some local shrines and temples not frequented by the crowds of tourists.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Kyoto City Highlights Bike Tour

-Cycle to Kyoto's Historical places - Imperial Palace, Heian Shrine & Nanzen-ji templeIn addition to the above 3 places, your guide will also take you to some historical spots of extreme importance such as Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and the Toji Temple using the hidden route you would have hard time finding by yourself! -Ride alongside the Kamogawa river and be surrounded by peaceful Kyoto natureWe will go to Kamo River, where you can encounter diverse vegetations and wildlife, Kyoto Imperial Park and Umekoji Park, where you can witness how the locals are cherishing their beautiful lifestyles.-Treat yourselves with healthy Kyoto Lunch (and maybe snacks if you like)In the middle of the tour, we will go to the very local restaurant where you will learn about the Kyoto's cuisine, and more importantly, energise yourselves! Also, we will stop by at places where you can buy and eat some local snacks such as Matcha ice cream and red-bean paste rice cakes if you're interested!
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  • 5 hours
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Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour

Spend some time getting acquainted with the food and culture of two historically important and beautiful districts of Kyoto on this guided walking tour. Stroll over the ninth-century Togetsukyo bridge and make stops to sample Yuba soup, rice crackers, fried Yuba cake and leek pancakes. After a visit to the 14th-century Tenryu-ji temple, head to a beautiful bamboo garden and indulge in some traditional Japanese sweets. This tour of Arashiyama and Sagano is a great way to get to know Kyoto.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Kyoto, City of Culture Private Afternoon Tour Including Entry to Tofukiji

Japan’s former capital Kyoto is known for being Japan’s city of culture. By going on a private tour, you’ll have a more personalized experience. You won’t have to worry about getting lost as you’ll explore the city with a guide. Save time waiting in line, as entry to Tofukiji Temple is included. Your guide will take you to multiple beautiful sites including the filming location of Memoirs of a Geisha—Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Gion District.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Expert Led Private Day Trip to Nara with Train Tickets

Nara is famous for a host of reasons—in addition to housing some of Japan's most beloved temples and the world's largest Buddha, who could forget the docile deer that will eat out of your hand? On this day trip to Nara, we'll visit such temples as Todai-ji, Kasuga Shrine, and Kofuku-ji, learning about Japanese religion along the way, as well as the Giant Buddha. And, no trip to Nara would be complete without dropping in on the famous deer—we may even stop to feed a few. At the end of our trip, we'll have a deeper appreciation for Japanese spirituality (and cute deer).
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Gion Night and Zen dinner with Tea ceremony : Culture Performance

Get a taste for the traditional Japanese arts in Kyoto during this 4-hour, small-group cultural performance complemented by an authentic Japanese-style dinner. Enjoy a diverse range of performances covering Japanese arts including ‘maiko’ dancing, flower arrangement, ‘gagaku’ court music, puppet theater and much more. Finish your experience with an atmospheric tea ceremony, conducted by candlelight, followed by a delicious dinner. This small-group event limited to just 24 guests.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

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Kyoto Bar Hopping Night Tour

You can try some different types of Japanese drinks and dishes recommended by the locals, all in three hours!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Kyoto Cycling Tour: Gion Backstreet

Probably, it is the slowest cycling tour in the world!Pedaling along the backstreets, you can uncover the little-known treasures of Kyoto on a 3-hour bike tour with an English speaking guide. Kyoto is full with historical and culture. In such a city, ancient traditional daily practices are remained in the backstreets, where usually not put in guide book. Getting around by bike is very comfortable, you can enjoy with no traffic congestion even in a busy tourist season. Put your kickstand up, and let’s cycle on quiet small streets and find the real Kyoto! • 3-hour bike tour with English-speaking guide.   • Your guide will provide historical and cultural insight about Kyoto. • Depend on weather condition, the tour may be substituted by walking tour.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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A Night in Kyoto with a Local: Private & Personalized

Stroll the back alleys of Kyoto, missed by many visitors, as dusk falls and they are at their most atmospheric on this private guided tour. In the company of just a guide and your party, see how ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture as you explore the enchanting wooden alleyways lit with traditional paper lanterns in the historic Gion district and the picturesque streets of old Pontocho, where, with luck, you might spot a geisha or two.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks

Experience the glowing lanterns and lively atmosphere of Kyoto after dark on this evening walking tour with a small group. Experience the ancient Japanese capital after dark as you stroll the city’s serene back streets and visit city landmarks like Yasaka Shrine, the Pontocho restaurant district, and a ‘tachinomiya’ stand and drink shop for included food and drink samples.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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