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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

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What You Can Expect

Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Donna F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour and tour guide. We enjoyed every minute of it even in the rain, thunder and lightning.

Maria M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a great time! Really nice tour. Can only recommend it.

Thomas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderfull afternoon! Our guide was the best! Friendly, knowledgeable, we learned a lot. We really recommand this Tour. We did another tour with another tour operator the next day, and we were utterly disappointed. But again, great guide who made this tour an awesome experience. Sadly I forgot his name...

Ermanna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Nice tour and very knowledgeable guide!

Vladimir K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


Louise C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide Paul was very knowledgable and friendly, we bombarded him with questions and he didn and #39;t mind this at all, giving us a lot of information. He also recommended us a brilliant place that he enjoys for dinner which we would never have found ourselves, so we were so pleased to go there.

Marie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing! Our tour guide Paul was great and very informative. We hit many great sites and learned a lot.

Jessica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was fantastic! With such a small group of people you never feel like you and #39;re stuck at the back of the group not being able to hear any information.

Kari B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour, very knowlegdeable guide in Paul! Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely fabulous. A great walk. Very informative. The tour guide felt like an old friend by the end of the afternoon. A real insight into Japanese lifestyle and culture.

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