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Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour

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Overview
Savor the beauty and charm of Kyoto on this cultural walking tour. An ancient yet elegant city, Kyoto showcases all that is refined and unique about Japanese culture. Wander with your knowledgeable guide through Zen gardens, visit shrines and temples, and catch glimpses of geishas in their kimonos. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience.
Highlights
  • Get an orientation to Kyoto's culture in half a day; a difficult feat to accomplish independently
  • Walking tour includes transportation between disparate sites
  • Included entry to the must-see Tofukuji Temple
  • Small group ensures close attention from the guide and ability to ask questions
What to Expect
Meet your guide and small group in the afternoon at Kyoto station, then set off on foot through the center of Kyoto. This comprehensive tour with a guide gives an overview of the city, visiting three of its most important landmarks in just an afternoon of walking. The tour’s small-group size ensures an intimate atmosphere and plentiful chances to question your guide about Kyoto’s culture and traditions. The tour’s first stop is the 13th-century Zen Tofukuji Temple, home to lush gardens and a functioning Zen Buddhist monastery. Learn about the long history of the temple and its status as one of Kyoto’s five most important religious monuments from your guide, before walking to the Fushimi Inari Shrine on the city’s outskirts. Take in the oft-photographed red gates—set against the densely forested hillside—that were featured in the popular film Memoirs of a Geisha, and be sure to snap a picture or two of your own. Your guide will lead you to the site’s often-overlooked smaller monuments and numerous statues of foxes, who are though to be the messengers of Inari, the Shinto god of rice. The last stop of the day is the Gion District, where you'll often find the city’s geishas, or Japanese hostesses trained to entertain men. Learn about the often-misunderstood tradition of geishas and difference between geishas and their assistants from your guide, and keep an eye out for these elegantly dressed women making their way between the neighborhood’s tea houses.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Kyoto Central Post Office, 843-12 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8799, Japan
Departure Time
2:00 PM
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Kyoto, Japan
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation fare during tour
  • Entry/Admission - Fushimi Inari Taisha
  • Entry/Admission - Gion
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Maximum group size is 12
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This was a good tour to get situated with some of the major sights in Kyoto. We had travelled the rest of our time on our own, but thought this was a great way to meet some other travelers and get some background on the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide Miyake was clearly very well versed in the historical and cultural aspects of Kyoto and the surrounding area. The walk was well paced, but remember it does take several hours. Plenty of opportunities for some good photos.

Date of experience: September 2019
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KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you aciddinosaur for joining the tour and leaving us great comment. Miyake and Kyoto team are indeed delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Thank you again, please have a nice trip! Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour for those spending a limited time in Kyoto. Our tour guide Julian was funny and informative. His insight into the history of Japan allowed us to understand more the Japanese culture.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank gvg79
KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you gvg79 for joining the tour and leaving us great comment. Julian and Kyoto team are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please enjoy your next destination. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide Nobumasa Miyake san, was just amazing. The tour was extremely informative. It was a very hot day and Miyake tried to make sure that we were in the shade as much as possible. Miyake's English was very good and he was happy...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you FestivalJapan for joiing the tour and review us. Nobumasa and Kyoto team are indeed glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please enjoy your next destination! Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This walking tour was a great opportunity to get a first look at Kyoto before spending a few days there. We saw a few highlights including Tofukuji temple and Fushimi Inari shrine, two of Kyoto's major destinations. We also walked around the Geisha district and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you AlphaTeal for joining the tour and leaving us your comment. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour and got your stuffed animal back! Please enjoy Kyoto. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

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In front of the post office. They will let you know the exact location/direction after booking.
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Hi, There’s a lot of walking including steps, uneven pavement and on narrow streets. It might be tough-but not impossible-with a stroller. Carrying an infant (like in a carrier on your back) might be an easier option if... More
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