Kyoto, Japan
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Overview

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 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.
  • Small-group bike tour of Kyoto
  • See Heian-Jingu Shrine and Nanzenji Temple
  • Ride down the Path of Philosophy
  • Maximum of 9 participants ensures a more personalized experience
  • Use of bike is included
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. After visiting the Path of Philosophy, return by bicycle to Kyoto Station where you ride concludes.

Please note that this tour covers about 9 miles (15 kilometers) by bicycle, and can be quite strenuous for travelers who are not used to cycling. This tour is recommended for guests who have at least a medium level of fitness ability.

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c
, Oct 2018

this is a unique and creative way of touring places. great for me! my compliments and profuse thanks to Kohei for giving a a great enlightening experience. perhaps, though, we can still improve it further by providing the customers a short written summary of the places we will be touring. and passing through. perhaps even a map of the route to make it easier to understand. but by and large, a wonderful experience for me and my wife. will do it again in a heartbeat.

S
, Oct 2018

Just returned home from my amazing trip to Japan and had a wonderful time with Yuta our guide on this bike trip. I hadn't ridden a bike for many years and had no trouble keeping up, except I had to keep stopping to take so many photos of the beautiful scenery. Thank you Yuta for a wonderful tour and your great company! Excellent guide and lots of fun touring this way! Cheers, Stephanie from Australia

L
, Aug 2018

Fantastic tour, loved every minute. Great guide.

A
, Jul 2018

Excellent tour with plenty of information, opportunities for photos and beautiful scenery. The ride is easy and not at all strenuous.. our guide Juan was well informed and knowledgeable and very easy going

M
, Jun 2018

It was probably one of the more enjoyable activity that we booked during our Japan vacation. I would recommend it to everyone. The ride takes you throughout Kyoto and away from the main street. We felt safe and protected from the main traffic most of the time. Our guide was fantastic Rika?. She provided us with a lot of Kyoto history. The only feedback is that, I wished we had more time at one of the temple we visited.

D
, Apr 2018

Absolutely fantastic bike tour. Our guide was amazing and the scenery was beautiful.

R
, Apr 2018

We are a family of 5 with 3 boys ages 12, 14 and 16. After a week of sight-seeing on foot it was a pleasure to get on bikes and this was a really lovely way to see bits of Kyoto I'm sure we wouldn't otherwise have seen. Our guide was absolutely delightful - knowledgable, friendly and spoke excellent English. The instructions on where to meet were clear and the meeting spot was easy to find. We were out for 3 1/2 hours, stopping now and then to look at temple/shrines/lovely views. There were three other people on the tour with us all of whom were fun and good company so all in all we had a wonderful morning. Thoroughly recommend.

S
, Apr 2018

9 years ago I thought I'd be ok hiring a bike and seeing Kyoto with my travel buddy - we were delusional. Instead we spent most of our time stopped, looking at a map and stressing out where to go. This time I did it right, in a group with a tour guide who gave just insightful knowledge about the places we visited and extra bonus info. I did not have to worry about lefts or rights, back streets and cycleways were taken so as to avoid car traffic. I smiled the entire time and loved my morning exploring Kyoto by bike. Next visit I will do a whole day.

t
, Apr 2018

I would have given this 5 stars if we were taken into the gardens of the first shrine. I went in rather than follow the guide and it was really worth the extra time and money, I would have been gutted to miss what I thought were the loveliest gardens I saw in Japan. This should be included and the tour extended. Otherwise highly recommend this for a lovely day out

P
, Apr 2018

Awesome tour and guide who was very passionate about Kyoto, Japan and even had lunch with us afterward as my wife was in search of good Vegan food. He took us to a good ramen place with good Vegan options :


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