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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

Discover the stunning Zen gardens, colorful temples and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this 3.5-hour, small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and sublime 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. This small-group Kyoto experience also includes snacks and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. You’ll save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. You’ll travel in an air-conditioned coach, and it’ll be a hassle-free day with a guarantee to skip the lines. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, the Inari Shrines, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Kyoto Cultural Forest.
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hrs
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  • Duration: 9 to 11 hrs
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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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Japanese Traditional Taiko Drum Experience in Kyoto

In Japan, age-old traditions seamlessly combine with futuristic developments. Experience the cultural institution of ‘taiko’ (a style of Japanese drumming) during this 1-hour session in Kyoto. Under the guidance of an instructor, you’ll learn to play a traditional song in taiko style and discover the rich history of drumming in Japan. This experience is suitable for all ages and guarantees a fun-filled experience for all of the family.  
  • Duration: 1 hour
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PERSONALISED FULL DAY IN KYOTO WITH A LOCAL

This personalized full-day Kyoto tour with a local is ideal for first-time visitors to the "City of Temples". You won’t waste a moment visiting places that don’t interest you as this tour is fully customizable based on your interests. Choose the neighborhoods you’d like to visit, and see many of Kyoto’s top sites. Exploring the city with a guide means you won’t get lost, and you'll learn lots of local tips that you wouldn’t discover otherwise.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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KYOTO: HALF DAY WITH A LOCAL

It can be daunting as a first-time visitor to Japan to cope with language barriers and navigate around a new place. On this Kyoto half-day tour, you’ll take the stress out of travel planning by having a local host to plan your day. You’ll explore one or two neighborhoods of your choice, walking past multiple top attractions and learning about Japanese culture from your guide. By traveling with a local, you’ll learn about hidden secrets off the beaten track that tourists wouldn’t usually visit.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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2-Hour Samurai Experience in Kyoto

Immerse yourself in Samurai history and culture during this 2-hour Samurai experience at a traditional Kyoto Samurai House. Under the guidance of an expert Samurai instructor, learn the philosophies of Bushido, the ‘Way of the Warrior; handle a real katana sword; and take part in a Zen meditation session.
  • Duration: 90 to 120 mins
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  • Duration: 90 to 120 mins
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Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master at Wakwak-kan

Experience the traditions of Japan with a 1- or 1.5-hour tea ceremony in Kyoto and learn the origins of this ancient practice. Choose from one of two different tea ceremony options, including a 1-hour session hosted in a machiya (typical wooden house) and a 1.5-hour ceremony complete with kimono dress. Your ceremony includes a guide, who will provide translation.
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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 3.5-hour 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Traditional Maiko Performance in Kyoto

Immerse yourself in a traditional 'maiko' (apprentice geisha) performance and have the opportunity to interact with them afterward. You'll learn about the time-honored Japanese customs of these women trained to perform elegant music and dance. You're served bottled matcha with either Japanese sweets or a bento box lunch.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Art of the Geisha: Private Dinner in Kyoto

Uncover the secrets of Japan's elegant geishas during an evening dining experience in a private Kyoto restaurant. Stroll through the Gion district to delve into the fascinating history of geishas, beautiful performers trained in entertaining exclusive clientele. Then, pleasure your palate with a Japanese kaiseki meal and a selection of specialty drinks; sip sake as your expert guide translates the questions you have for your ‘maiko,’ or apprentice geisha. Gain insight into her profession and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small group tour, where numbers are limited to eight.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Maiko Performance with Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto

Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of the ‘maiko’ (apprentice geisha) scene during an exquisite evening of culture and cuisine at Gion Hatanaka. Gain fascinating insight into ancient Japanese customs as you chat with maikos and capture photographs to immortalize your memorable evening. Sip on a selection of unlimited drinks and pleasure your palate with delicacies inspired by ‘kaiseki’ cuisine, a traditional Japanese cooking style. Enhance your cultural experience of Japan on this enriching evening tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Magical Arashiyama Tour with Bamboo Grove

Visit the enchanting district of Arashiyama, renowned for its thick bamboo groves, resident monkeys, and well-preserved sacred shrines. On this personalized excursion, you’ll join a local guide to explore the stunning region, which lies at the foothills of the Arashiyama Mountains. Tours include admission tickets to four local temples as well as Okochi Sanso Villa, a traditional Japanese home and garden inscribed as national cultural properties.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets

If you don’t speak Japanese, it can be hard to navigate Japan like a local. This tour of Nara, Japan’s ancient capital, is designed to  help you do just that. Leave the crowds of Kyoto behind and discover the peaceful city of Nara: its temples, shrines, traditional houses and divine deer. Explore the backstreets and alleys of the merchants district, and try authentic street food.
  • Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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  • Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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Tea Ceremony with Experienced Maiko in Kyoto

When visiting Kyoto, an essential experience is a tea ceremony with a Maiko. You’ll save time researching where to meet a real Maiko by having the experience organized for you. Learn about the world of Geisha, and have an English-speaking member of staff to help translate. You won’t have to worry about organizing where to eat, as drinks and snacks are provided too.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
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  • Duration: 50 minutes
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Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Kyoto

Enjoy an excursion from Kyoto, and spend a day visiting historic Hiroshima and scenic Miyajima. Board a comfortable coach for convenient transport to Hiroshima. Enjoy a narrated tour with an English speaking guide and multilingual audio guide. Visit iconic landmarks like the Hiroshima Bomb Dome, Memorial Peace Park, Iwakuni shrine, and Kintai Kyo Bridge.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Kyoto: The Magic After Dark

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

Dress in traditional Japanese attire in this kimono and yukata experience in Kyoto. You won’t have to worry about wearing the clothing incorrectly as you’ll have a professional fitting session. Stroll around Gion, and visit nearby shrines such as Kiyomizu-dera and Heianjingu Shrine. The experience is flexible, and different time slots are offered throughout the day. You can also upgrade your experience to include makeup, and hair styling.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace Visit with Private Guide

Get a deeper insight into Japanese history than would be possible independently on this private guided tour of Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. As you explore the historic buildings, enjoy the undivided attention of your guide who introduces you to Japan's Edo period when it was under the control of a shogunate, and the establishment of Kyoto, the ancient capital.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch

The Nishiki Food Market, known to locals as the “Kitchen of Kyoto,” is a huge 400-year-old market sprawling with food vendors. Navigate what can be an overwhelming space with the help of your guide, whose insight into the local food scene will give you a taste of Japanese culture — and plenty of food. All food tastings are included as per itinerary.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Dinner with a Geisha

Immerse yourself in quintessential Japanese culture during a private 3-hour tour and dining experience with a geisha. In Kyoto, considered the birthplace of geisha culture, you’ll explore the historic Gion area and dine on a multi-course meal at either a Japanese restaurant or tea house, accompanied by a ‘maiko’ (apprentice geisha) or ‘geiko’ (fully-trained geisha).
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
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Kyoto Small-Group Cultural Experience: Calligraphy or Origami Class

Learn the intricate arts of Japan during a small-group origami class or calligraphy lesson, taught by an instructor inside an authentic Kyoto home during a 1- or 1.5-hour lesson. Choose between a calligraphy session, involving the methodical practice of applying brush to paper, or try your hand at origami, the delicate skill of paper folding. You can also upgrade your origami session with an optional dress-up in a traditional kimono. No matter your choice, you’ll receive personal attention during this small-group lesson, limited to just 7 participants.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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EXPLORE GION, KYOTO'S HISTORIC GEISHA DISTRICT

For outsiders, Japanese culture can be difficult to grasp but this guided tour offers the chance to get a locals' eye view of one of the most traditional of Japanese settings. Accompanied by a guide, stroll through the historic streets of Kyoto's Gion district, famed for its scenic cobbled streets lit by paper lanterns, traditional architecture, and association with geiko and maiko culture. Visit Pontocho alley, one of Japan's oldest nightlife areas, and stroll by geisha teahouses as your guide offers insights into local culture.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Muslim-Friendly Kyoto Tour with a Local Guide

Personalize your sightseeing itinerary on a Muslim-friendly sightseeing tour of Kyoto, including a Halal Japanese lunch. A great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves, this sightseeing tour covers Nishiki Food Market, the historic district of Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, and many more. Plus, you’ll receive tailored attention from your guide in a small group limited to 10 people.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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