• 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

Cliff S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

brkiek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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 .

Toru M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

despite the bad weather, we had pleasant tour

Sophie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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!

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!

Joy D

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.

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