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Kyoto Cycling Tour Project

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Address: Kyoto 600-8235, Kyoto Prefecture
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09:00 - 19:00
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A city where is full with history and culture. In such a city, ancient...

A city where is full with history and culture. In such a city, ancient traditional daily practices are remained in the backstreets, where usually not put in travel guide books. KCTP cycling tour leads you to explore those Kyoto’s chessboard like backstreet’s culture and custom with professional English speaking guides. Probably, it is the slowest cycling tour in the world, so even senior has no hesitate to join. Let’s explore Kyoto’s little treasure together!

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A unique way to see the sights

My family and I went to Kyoto on two separate days and made use of KCTP on both of them. Their shop is relatively easy to find, just round the corner and passed the Bic camera... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Macau, China
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We rented the bikes and got the 100¥ map to tour on ourselves. We had 3 days to visit. Kyoto is huge and walking to all the sites was going to be daunting. We decided to rent the bikes and take a first look into everything that we could on one day, then pick the places that were really worth... More 

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Macau, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I went to Kyoto on two separate days and made use of KCTP on both of them. Their shop is relatively easy to find, just round the corner and passed the Bic camera shop and APA hotel (the directions on their website are excellent) and it's very simple once you arrive. I would recommend paying a little... More 

1 Thank m0nicamills
Melbourne, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Our guide was Hideki. Charming, knowledgeable and lots of fun. We took the tour that led to the bamboo forest. Along the way we stopped at The Golden Pavilion and a smaller shrine. WOW! Hideki guided us safely through the busy streets, then gradually to a quiet residential area and finally into the countryside. It was such fun peeking into... More 

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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We enjoy bike riding and had reviewed this bike company's website to hire bikes for 1 - 2 days whilst in Kyoto. In the end we hired a bike for a day to see the following temples; Kinkakuju, Ryoanji,Ninnaji ( don't miss this lovely temple- no crowds ), Myonshinji, then over to Arashiyama to the Bamboo Path, Tenryuji Temple and... More 

1 Thank Roamers46
Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We rented bikes for 3 days. All went smooth. Bikes were comfortable. We purchased the bike map which was really helpful. There is lots of bikers in Kyoto so it felt safe. The only downside was you had to pay to return your bike to another one of their city locations. We discovered a KCTP close to our hotel but... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We purchased a map for 100 yen and directed ourselves. It was easy to get around. The bikes all worked well and childrens helmets are free. The baskets handy for your bags. I did not see any adults wearing helmets. Would suggest wearing gloves as it is cool in Jan. Bikes had lights. Cycle by the river dedicated walking and... More 

4 Thank possie2013
Shibuya, Japan
1 review
Reviewed 5 December 2016

If you like this kind of activity please come and try! Fun for the whole family. My Children loved it so much!!!

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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We did a morning Kinkaku Arashiyama Golden tour with Hiro and really enjoyed. The sites were really busy due to Autumn season but Hiro really did his best to not let the crowds get in the way of our tour. Mostly flat riding and some hills in and out of bamboo forest. It wasn't cheap as it was only two... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We rode with a private tour guide and she was fantastic! She answered all our questions and it was very informative and fun! The ride was mostly flat with some hills, but overall easy. We did the back street tour.

1 Thank Michael L
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Just finished the western tour with Naoko. Our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly and accommodating. It was expensive but definitely worth it. Would recommend as a great way to see the sights and also get some exercise which was needed after a week of gluttonous eating in Japan.

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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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