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Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • Half-day cultural walking tour of Kyoto
  • Explore Tokufuji temple's Zen garden and Gion's Geisha district
  • Walk through Kyoto's infamous tori gates and spot the fox statues at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
Journey back in time to ancient Japan as you admire the Geishas, Zen gardens and colorful temples of Kyoto, with this small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people. This personalized exploration of Kyoto, a now-modern city that is also the historic heart of Japanese culture, is the perfect introduction to this famous Japanese city’s many centuries of tradition.

Start your exploration by meeting your guide at Kyoto station. Begin your visit to the city’s many attractions with a stop at Tofukuji Temple, a lovely 13th century Zen temple famous as one of five great religious buildings of Kyoto. Make sure to check out the wealth of idyllic gardens located on the temple grounds of this still-operational monastery.

Continue next to Fushimi Inari Shrine, a sacred religious site situated on the outskirts of the city on a densely-forested hillside. Admire the shrine’s brilliant-red sacred gates, or torii, which you may recognize from the film Memoirs of a Geisha, and make sure to check out the site’s many smaller monuments and its fox statue.

Finish your day in Kyoto’s Gion District, renowned for the many geishas that populate its streets. Wander among the area’s traditional tea houses and eateries, and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of these elegantly-dressed women, clothed in the traditional Japanese kimono.

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Great tour
suziejoyanderson
, Oct 2019
Great tour, would recommend especially if you dont have much time in Kyoto. You will see some of the main sights of Kyoto.
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A wonderful way to see the real Kyoto
Liz G
, Oct 2019
Our knowledgeable guide was Julian, who showed us the real Kyoto by walking the streets to arrive at some of the popular tourist spots and the back streets of the geisha district where we were lucky enough to see a geisha walking to her work. The Torii gates were one of the many highlights. We walked and caught trains,navigating our way with full commentary all the way - well done Julian
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We had a great time!
grahambilling
, Oct 2019
A walking tour of cultural sites including temples, shrines and the Geisha district. Carry water and a hat. We all enjoyed the insight into local life and customs and would recommend for all able bodied people.
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Wonderful guided tour of Kyoto
Mobile139913
, Sep 2019
Wonderful guided tour with Julian, whom brought Kyoto to life with his knowledge and humorous delivery of a complex history - thoroughly enjoy it.
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VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE!!
ybindal
, Aug 2019
We had a very informative and good experience!!Would recommend Very Highly!!The Guide was very well Informed!
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More than just a visit to a Temple and a Shrine.
410allanb
, Jul 2019
This tour began at a very convenient meeting point next to the main Kyoto station. Next came our first experience of the local JR rail network and an easy walk to the Tofukuji Temple with our guide explaining the difference between a Temple and a Shrine as well as much about this temple. I really enjoyed the pleasant walk from here to Fushimi Inari Shrine as we passed my different house styles from traditional to more modern. We had to finish our tour a little early as we had another tour to follow. Our guide generously modified her tour to bring us to our next meeting point. On the way we passed through part of the Gion district and its traditional buildings. I found the professionalism of our guide in modifying her route to accommodate the needs of each participant added to the enjoyment of this tour. If I did this tour again I would take my JR Rail Pass with me.
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Highlight of our trip
jaynedeaux
, Jul 2019
This tour was a highlight of Kyoto. It allowed us to get a feel for Kyoto that we just couldn’t get roaming around on our own. It was a great, approachable way to get a bit of history and local flavor. Worth every penny!
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Stranded in Gion
HELEN F
, Jul 2019
The tour and the guide themselves were great know issues there .But when u are new to a country and don't your way around .Wgen it says u will return back to wherevsyarted make sure that happens because in my case it didn't took us a couple of our to find our way home
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Good ideas and plans
Vad B
, Jun 2019
The trip suppose to be perfect, but the guide wasn't ready to lead us. Poor English and no additional information at all. Seems like she was not prepared.
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Could have done it on my own
GhenTravelbug
, May 2019
Tours are dependent on the guide and I gave Julian an average as to knowledge of Japan's culture. He seemed like a student working as a guide on the side. I have nothing about students cum tourist guides, but, at least, know some interesting facts about what you are showing your audience, not just wing it. His suggestion to take the city bus back to Kyoto Station was a disaster -we were packed like sardines on the bus and it took more passengers along the way. I would have preferred to take the train back to Kyoto Station.

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