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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.
  • 3.5-hour cultural walking tour of Kyoto
  • Explore the Geisha district of Gion
  • Experience the peace of a Zen rock garden at the Tokufuji temple
  • Gain insight into Japan's history and culture
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Walk through Kyoto's infamous tori gates and spot the fox statues at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
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 2pm 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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, Aug 2018

Our guide took us on a long walk to see wonderful Kyoto. It was worth every minute. I enjoyed the view of palaces, temples and geishas.

, Jul 2018

Awesome walking tour with outstanding guide. I loved the Gion district and the history the guide provided. Highly recommend.

, Jun 2018

The tour was well organised and as per the description, in a small group. I visited a lot in just half a day, perfect for a short stay in Kyoto. I would highly recommend this tour to visitors with limited time onsite.

, May 2018

Knowledgeable guide and it was great to see some of the things that we normally wouldn't be able to on our own

, May 2018

Time well spent! The tour was great and our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a nice walk and a great way to experience the local culture.

, Apr 2018

Meg took us back roads and high roads to the tastiest japanese delights.... okonomiyaki becoming my favouirte japanese dish, yum! An experience well worth the trip, it allowed us to see more of the city than we would have discovered by ourselves, Subarashī desu!

, Apr 2018

This tour was really good. He was extremely informative and took us to some major areas of Kyoto and explained the culture and gave us some really great info on Kyoto.

, Mar 2018

We really enjoyed this tour with Julian . He was very informative and concerned for the group which was large in number and had to deal with cold and wet conditions. We saw some sights off the beaten track which we would have missed otherwise .

, Mar 2018

despite the bad weather, we had pleasant tour

, Mar 2018

This was the perfect tour to start off our trip to Kyoto! Our guide Manabu was very friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about Kyoto, it's history and Japanese culture. He was full of interesting and funny stories and facts that we definitely would have missed if seeing these sights on our own. He also showed us how to make offerings at the different shrines and temples. We packed in a lot for one afternoon, and Manabu was extremely generous in continuing the tour for an hour longer than advertised as some of our group were slightly slower walkers. I would highly recommend this tour as an introduction to Kyoto, it is excellent value for money and shout out to Manabu for being such a fantastic guide!

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