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Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this 3- to 4-hour small-group tour limited to 9 participants. Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this Kyoto tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. See shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city.


  • Small-group bike tour of Kyoto
  • See Heian-Jingu Shrine and Nanzenji Temple
  • Ride down the Path of Philosophy
  • Maximum of 9 participants ensures a more personalized experience
  • Use of bike is included

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Wind your way through the charming side streets and elegant temples of ancient Kyoto by bicycle, allowing an unexpected way to explore this famous Japanese city. Your small-group bike tour is the perfect chance to experience the daily rhythms and important attractions of one of the world’s most picturesque urban areas.

Start your bike excursion in the morning from Kyoto Station, where you’ll meet your guide and proceed to get your bike, helmet and brief safety instructions. Pedal off into the city by heading for the Kamo River, a route that affords excellent views of downtown, along with a collection of traditional restaurants that line the river banks.

Head next to Heian-Jingu Shrine, an important religious center known for its visually-striking red torii (sacred gate), where you’ll also have the chance to admire reconstructions of structures from Kyoto’s old palace complex.

Continue your cycle trip by riding along a network of charming canals, eventually reaching Nanzenji Temple, which embodies many of the typical stylistic details of classic Zen Buddhist religious structure. Take a few moments to explore the site’s collection of eye-catching small temples before proceeding on to the famous Path of Philosophy.

Arrive at the Path of Philosophy, a beautiful thoroughfare lined on both sides by hundreds of cherry trees. This iconic path was named by Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who used the walkway to practice meditation during his commute to nearby Kyoto University. After visiting the Path of Philosophy, return by bicycle to Kyoto Station where you ride concludes.

Please note that this tour covers about 9 miles (15 kilometers) by bicycle, and can be quite strenuous for travelers who are not used to cycling. This tour is recommended for guests who have at least a medium level of fitness ability.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Fantastic tour. Very friendly, knowledgeable guide and trainee. This tour was recommended to us by people who had recently taken part, it definitely lived up to expectations! Thanks very much to our two wonderful guides.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

There's no other way to experience Kyoto than biking in this haven for cyclists and this tour served as a perfect introduction. Knowledgeable guide and a great route clocked about 18km. Highly recommended.

Christel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was wonderfully scenic. And somewhat easy for the occasional biker. Lulu, our tour guide, had a great cheerful personality. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

great tour.

riccardo j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

excellent value for money . guide easy going aussie. easy ride ,covers a lot of ground.

riccardo j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

excellent value for money . guide easy going aussie. easy ride ,covers a lot of ground.

Dena R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing bike tour - the guide Lulu was very easy to understand, had great stories and history, and knew a lot about the places we were visiting. This tour was the highlight of my 12 day trip to Japan.

Tanja S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great bike tour of Kyoto and the surrounding area. We rode along the river to see three temples. Guide was wonderful and knew a lot about Kyoto and Japanese life style. Note that this was a rigorous bike ride and riding between cars and crossing busy intersections means that you should be an experienced bike rider to enjoy this. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Jamie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was THE BEST way to get introduced to Kyoto. Even with the intense heat and humidity, the bike tour easily makes one of top highlights of my month in Japan. The tour guide was laid back, knowledgeable, and approachable. And the sake stop at the very end was a nice touch!

Alison W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The bike tour was too long for high summer heat mid 90's F and high humidity. We were dying... but we loved it and our guide was the nicest, most wonderful person.

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