• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Wai Ping W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Lots of fun and a good value tour

Ben C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

it was one of the best tour I went on. The tour guide was very professional and informative.

earljr

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A perfect introduction to this beautiful city of Japanese culture and historic sights. Our small group was expertly guided by Nobumasa Miyake. His insights and calm nature were the perfect accompaniment to the Zen Gardens of the Tokufuji temple and the hundreds of beautiful ORANGE Tori Gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

My wife and I will definitely return to Kyoto one day for a longer stay!

joydeshmukh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was fantastic! We really enjoyed the company and rich historical stories of our guide. He was a very interesting and kind man originally from Germany. He spoke English and Japanese like a native, which made it easier for us to navigate attractions and make specific purchases. We enjoyed all the historical sites and shrines. Also, at the end of the tour, our guide was kind enough to walk us to a delicious restaurant with the best Gyoza I'd ever eaten in my life. I highly recommend this tour!

fallinsl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great local guide. Lots of local info, very good way of getting your bearings in a new city. Allowed for a good amount of time at each stop. Definitely recommend.

Becky C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was a great length very interesting and a very knowledgeable guide. Manabu made the tour a lot of fun and provided really different types of information and knowledge. We had enough time at each site and even got to see an extra one. I would really recommend this tour. Good value and enjoyable.

Jane M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I would highly recommend this fascinating tour.

Teresa E P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Fantastic tour. A large part of our tour was spent at the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. It's even better than all the photos. Walking through the tori gates was very cool, and our guide timed our arrival just right so that it wasn't very crowded. And there is so much more to this site. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history, the religion, just fascinating. The grounds are beautiful and full of history and really amazing. The details he was able to point-out were amazing.

We ended the tour in the Gion district. Our guide walked us through the back alleys, and timed our stops perfectly with the geishas and geisha assistants departing for work. And now I know the difference between the two! Fascinating. The tour was worth every penny. Highly recommend.

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a wonderful, wonderful tour. We saw so many beautiful sites and learned the culture and history behind each of them. The pace was not too fast and not too slow. Book this tour!

Elaine I United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We were fortunate to have the amazing Rica as our guide. She is a native of Kyoto who lived and worked in the U.S. for several years. In a few hours, she was able to give us a peek at the beauty and spirit of this ancient city. I would recommend a longer tour or more tours if you have time.

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