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

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

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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

Sher G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A fabulous way of discovering the streets, shrines, river and old section of this interesting city and an informative guide to explain the sights along the way.

Bruce T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Jurah, tour guide was great. Very knowledgeable on Kyoto and Japan history with a local perspective. If you don't have the whole day to spend on a bus, this is the tour for you.

ko.so

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Juraj was our tour guide and he was extremely knowledgeable. Very much enjoyed this bike tour. Great stops.

ChrisH

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Very informative, good guide - We had a good trip around Kyoto and went back to some of the sights over the next couple of days.

Melissa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great guide, Juraj was not Japanese but helpful and patient with some of the less experienced travellers/riders...... fun different way to see Kyoto and on back streeets that we would not have seen on our own. only disappointment is we had Juruj the day before on the cultural tour ' with a different guide you do get a broader outlook and knowledge on the area.......All in alll for price couldn't fault it WELL WORTH IT

Thomas L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

great guide, full of information and very courteous

Morgan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Amazing tour! Great way to see the city.

Charlotte O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this bike tour! Very informative and it was wonderful to just cycle and not have to think about where I was going. The wind in my hair was perfect for a swelteringly hot day!

JTF

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

From start to finish this was an Amazing tour... Manabu our guide was knowledgeable and made this a memorable day around the temples and sites of Kyoto. Thank you Kyoto Urban

hautshot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great day touring by bike

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