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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

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This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. Save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. Travel in an air-conditioned coach for a hassle-free day. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
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  • 5 hours 25 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$140.19
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US$140.19
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Covers major Kyoko highlights

Excellent one day tour of Kyoto attractions. Covered the main must see shrines and temples. Well guided and very informative.

Wayne_S, Mar 2020

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1.5 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

1.5 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

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Sake—traditional rice wine—is Japan’s most famous drink and Kyoto’s Fushimi District is renowned for its sake production, home to over 30 breweries. On this tour, find out how sake is made, discover the many varieties, and learn which sake suits each occasion. Sample seven different sakes, accompanied by tasty Japanese snacks, and leave with a cheat sheet to help you order your favorite sakes while in Japan.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$61.08
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US$61.08
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

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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.
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  • 1 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.04
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US$30.04

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Kyoto

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Kyoto

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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.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$370.51
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US$370.51
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Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

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Discover the art of ‘shibori’ during this 30 to 60-minute scarf-making class in Kyoto. Learn about Japanese culture from your knowledgable guide and become versed in one of the country’s many art forms. Use traditional tools and fabrics to make your scarf, then take this memorable handmade souvenir home with you to show your friends and family.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.16
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US$45.16

Geisha (maiko) Tea Ceremony & GION walking tour in MAIKO CHAYA

Geisha (maiko) Tea Ceremony & GION walking tour in MAIKO CHAYA

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Enjoy a private Japanese tea ceremony with a maiko, an apprentice geisha, in Osaka for an immersion into Japanese culture. The ceremonial tea ritual is believed to promote a state of general well-being and mindfulness and involves the preparation and drinking of matcha, a powdered green tea that is loved in Japan. From your maiko, you'll learn about the history of tea in Japan as you sip, and hear tales of the samurai and priests who spread its popularity. Then, embark on a free walking tour of the city.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.17
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US$125.17
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Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto : Couple plan

Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto : Couple plan

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Sign up for a Japanese makeover in Kyoto with this photography experience. Designed for a couple, this makeover includes being photographed in traditional dress as a maiko and a samurai. Women will wear a kimono and have Japanese make-up applied while men wear a kimono and obi. Take photos home to capture the experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$231.68
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US$231.68
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Kyo-arashi Shibori Scarf Class

Kyo-arashi Shibori Scarf Class

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Traditional Japanese crafts are tricky for outsiders to try their hand at. This class at the Kyoto Shibori Museum guides you through the technique of how to dye a silk scarf using the kyo-arashi shibori method. You can customize your scarf to your own color preferences and leave with an elegant scarf to serve as a souvenir of your trip to Kyoto. While your fabric is drying, you are free to browse the museum displays and try on a shibori kimono.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.45
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US$56.45

Himetsubaki Plan - Oiran Makeover & Photo Shoot in Kyoto

Himetsubaki Plan - Oiran Makeover & Photo Shoot in Kyoto

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Feel like a movie star by having an Oiran makeover and photo shoot in Kyoto. No need to worry about buying special clothing, as clothing rental, and makeup application is included. After dressing up, you’ll have a photo shoot in the in-house studio, and you’ll receive three beautiful photos at the end of the experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$189.11
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US$189.11
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Kasamaki and Nuishime Shibori Wrapping Cloth Class

Kasamaki and Nuishime Shibori Wrapping Cloth Class

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Steep yourself in the arts of kasamaki and nuishime shibori during this 60- to 90-minute cloth-wrapping class in Kyoto. Try your hand at this intriguing Japanese art, with the help of an expert local craftsman. Learn tricks to do these techniques at home and bring a memento home with you. You’ll also get to see many prime samples of classic kasamaki and nuishime shibori dyeing displayed and in the museum shop. 
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.45
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US$56.45

Cultural Immersion & Childcare (Kyoto with Kids Club - Family Experience Japan)

Cultural Immersion & Childcare (Kyoto with Kids Club - Family Experience Japan)

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Your child will get to experience different Japanese cultural activities during their time with us. Our friendly, English speaking staff will take care of your child. While your kids are with us, parents can enjoy sightseeing in a more relaxed manner. Local kids may join sometimes! Your kids can make friends with local kids and enjoy playing with kids from Japan. We have a morning class and an afternoon class. You can choose one or both!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$225.54
Price varies by group size
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US$225.54
Price varies by group size

Long-sleeved 'Furisode' Kimono Experience in Kyoto

Long-sleeved 'Furisode' Kimono Experience in Kyoto

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When visiting the historic city of Kyoto, you see many women walking around in authentic kimono. If you want to try wearing kimono yourself, this experience is for you. Dress in a furisode (formal, long-sleeved kimono), traditionally worn by unmarried young women. Experienced staff help you dress. You can then wear your kimono to appreciate Kyoto’s historical sights and take photographs.
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  • 1 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.21
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US$150.21

3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Nakasendo Trail with Lodging and Transport

3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Nakasendo Trail with Lodging and Transport

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Travel by foot along a section of the historic Nakasendo Trail during this self-guided, multi-day group hiking tour. Join an intimate excursion capped at only 12 participants to cover a length of Edo-era mountain routes. Stay in traditional minshuku guesthouses in the villages of Tsumago, Kiso-Fukushima, and Narai, with home-cooked Japanese breakfasts and dinners included, plus complimentary English-language phone support.
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  • 3 days
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US$1,160.00
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US$1,160.00

Experience Kimono in Kyoto

Experience Kimono in Kyoto

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Dressing in a kimono is the quintessential traditional Kyoto experience but they are very expensive to buy and difficult to put on. With this experience, an expert will dress you in a kimono and set your hair then you can stroll around the ancient city at leisure.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.82
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US$48.82

Ilinx Campingcar rental in Kyoto

Ilinx Campingcar rental in Kyoto

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24hours return system free wifi English user guide
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  • 3 to 30 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$300.41
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US$300.41
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Enchanted Time with Maiko: Main Tour

Enchanted Time with Maiko: Main Tour

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For many years, Geisha have learned to entertain their guests through games, song, dance, and conversation. Get to know the Maiko, or Geisha apprentice, and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner in a tatami room. Watch an authentic Maiko performance, and learn ozashiki asobe, or party games. Enjoy unlimited drinks during the evening in a comfortable atmosphere.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$185.80
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US$185.80

Maiko Makeover - Photo Session in the Traditional Japanese Room Plan in Kyoto

Maiko Makeover - Photo Session in the Traditional Japanese Room Plan in Kyoto

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Take home more than just memories from your vacation in Kyoto following a makeover and photo shoot in a traditional Japanese tea room. Ideal for families and couples, this package results in a physical transformation and includes plenty of digital photos. Plus, you can choose from multiple start times to suit your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$140.22
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US$140.22
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Kimono Rental in a Japanese Traditional House

Kimono Rental in a Japanese Traditional House

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Stroll around Kyoto in a traditional kimono for the best vacation photographs with this convenient kimono rental package. You’ll visit a machiya (a traditional wooden townhouse) located in the heart of the city, and select a kimono from an array of colors and patterns. This kimono rental includes the option to upgrade for hairstyling service for women and girls, and allows you to skip the expense of buying your own kimono.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.52
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US$39.52

Photographic visit to the heart of historic Japan

Photographic visit to the heart of historic Japan

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Nuance offers you during this journey to preserve the battery of your phones, since our professional photographer will take care of capturing this unique moment for you. His job will be to capture the highlights of your visit between stolen photos or classic shooting. We will accompany you on this tour in the historic heart of Japan. This private tour with our guides will make you discover the most beautiful monuments of the Gion district. Explore Kyoto in a different light, notably by taking "un-beaten" trails. NB: Our photographer will also be at your disposal for all requests for particular photos as far as possible. The photos taken will be available via a server which will be dedicated to you for 4 months. You will be able to download them in HD and BD format. (30 Photos minimum)
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$438.84
Price varies by group size
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US$438.84
Price varies by group size

Kyoto Maiko Walking & Photo Shoot Experience

Kyoto Maiko Walking & Photo Shoot Experience

Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around Arashiyama in the style of an apprentice geisha, or “maiko,” as they are called in Kyoto. Get dressed in a traditional kimono, including makeup and hairstyling, for a studio photo shoot. Then walk to Arashiyama sites like Togetsukyo Bridge and the Bamboo Grove—ideal for snapping photos with your friends. An album with four professional photos is provided after the 3-hour experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$182.34
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US$182.34
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City cycle (no gear change)

City cycle (no gear change)

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A security deposit of 3,000 yen per vehicle will be kept in cash when you visit. (The deposit will be refunded upon return.) Our shop is 7 minutes on foot from Shijo Karasuma Station and 8 minutes on foot from Karasuma Oike Station. This restaurant is located in the center of Kyoto, making it easy to access from sightseeing spots and nearby hotels. We are waiting for everyone with stocks that can accommodate groups.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$9.76
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US$9.76

Rental of touring bikes and e-bikes

Rental of touring bikes and e-bikes

Our trekking and e bikes in different sizes are brand new. Our e bikes are the best available in Japan and only available in our offer. They are also suitable for multi-day bike rides. Our wheels have a removable handlebar bag that can be used as a shoulder bag. You can also get equipment for longer bike rides. You can also get the tour route for navigation. This allows you to navigate with your smartphone.
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  • 1 to 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.82
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US$48.82

Kyoto Virtual Online Tour

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Kyoto Virtual Online Tour

Amid the ongoing pandemic, traveling abroad is very difficult for the foreseeable future. But thanks to this situation, I could take a video of this ancient city with few people out on the street. The video shows the highlights of Higashiyama area of Kyoto which is filled with many attractions. You can relax at home while deeply immersed in the traditional city of Japan with a detailed explanation and guidance by a professional licensed guide. We will have a Q&A session after seeing the video. I provide a walking route map online for your future reference. NOTE: You don't have to show your face but fast Internet connection is required for the video online. NOTE: The starting time is JST, Japan Standard Time. 11:00 AM (JST) is 10:00 PM on the previous day in NY or EDT area and 7:00 PM in LA or PDT area. 8:00 PM (JST) is 12:00 noon in GB or BST area or 1:00 PM in CEST area.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$14.40
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US$18.00
US$3.60 savings
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US$14.40
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US$18.00
US$3.60 savings

Kimono rental in Kyoto

Kimono rental in Kyoto

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Look the part as you explore Kyoto with a kimono rental package that includes a hair styling session. Wearing traditional Japanese clothing allows you to create the best photos outside of Kyoto attractions. Plus, an extended rental period allows you to spend the day as you wish without rushing.
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  • 1 hour to 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.09
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US$66.09
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