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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

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Grab your bike and get set to explore Kyoto from the ground up. On this small-group bike tour, you’ll unearth the real Kyoto while cycling the narrow lanes and charming back streets of this former imperial city.
  • Explore scenic Kyoto like a local on this biking tour
  • Travel light—bike and helmet are provided
  • Leave the navigation to your guide as you enjoy the scenery
  • Hit Kyoto's highlights more quickly than you would by walking
  • Commentary from your guide sheds light on the city’s imperial history
  • Small group limited to nine means plenty of time to ask questions
What to Expect
Meet your guide and small group at the centrally located Kyoto Station. You’ll get a properly sized bike and helmet, and listen to an orientation and safety briefing. Note that this tour covers about 9 miles (15 kilometers) and requires a moderate level of fitness and cycling ability. Once you’re comfortable, pedal off into the former imperial city. Take in the scenery while traveling like a local with your guide in the lead. Head to Kamo River for panoramic downtown views, stopping at the sacred gate of the Heian-Jingu Shrine for some photos. Hear about the history of replicated structures from Kyoto’s past. Next, wind through alleys and across canals to Nanzenji Temple, where you’ll learn about classic Zen Buddhist architecture. Your last stop is at the Path of Philosophy, lined with hundreds of iconic cherry trees. At the tour’s conclusion, return to Kyoto Station.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Kyoto Ekimae Bus Stop, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
Departure Time
8:45 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Use of bicycle and helmet
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Please note: Shimogamo Shrine will no longer be visited on this tour.
  • Please note that this tour covers about 15 kilometres by bicycle, and can be quite strenuous for travellers who are not used to cycling. We recommend this tour for guests who have at least a medium level of fitness ability.
  • Maximum group size is 9
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews philosophers path easy riding busy city back roads knowledgeable guide highly recommend this tour temples shrines great morning japanese culture and history an amazing guide nice tour off the beaten track highlight of our trip take photos a lot of fun ride sean
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Would highly recommend this cycling tour. Our guide Lena was French but spoke very good English. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The ride was quite easy hence suitable for even the less fit. I took this trip on my 1st full day in Kyoto...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ian S
KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you Ian S for your nice comment. Lena and Kyoto team are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour! Please have a good time in Kyoto. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is an awesome way of seeing Kyoto. We set off from the bike shop around 9am and arrived back at 1230pm. During that time we roamed streets, lanes, river paths, thru many Kyoto areas and saw Shinto and Buddhist temples. Our guide Kohei was...More

Thank maxie23
KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you maxie23 for your wonderful comment. Kyoto team and I are simply pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Please enjoy Kyoto and Osaka ! Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A MUST DO when you're in Kyoto!! Our guide was Fumiko and she was GREAT!! My husband and I decided on Japan for our anniversary trip and booked a few tours in advance. Lucky for us, none of the other people showed up so we...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 TravelsForFood1728 for your wonderful comment. Fumiko and Kyoto team are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. We are looking forward to welcoming you again in Kyoto! Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 9 August 2019

We ( a Dutch family of four) had a great sightseeing trip by bike through Kyoto. Lena, our guide was terrific! She knows the best sites and and answered our multiple questions.

Date of experience: August 2019
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KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2019

Thank you Thijs K for your comment. Lena and Kyoto team are super happy to hear that your family member enjoyed the tour. Please have a good time in Japan! Best regards, Kohei

Reviewed 23 July 2019 via mobile

We did this tour first up on the day we arrived. Not knowing much about Kyoto it was a brilliant way to get orientated with the city. Our guide Zen was really knowledgeable and painted a great picture of the history of Kyoto and the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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5 September 2019|
Response from L00king67 | Reviewed this property |
The tour is approx 4 hours including several stops at shrines and temples. Take drinking water with you.
22 May 2019|
Response from Preston P |
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29 April 2019|
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Response from travelbug956 | Reviewed this property |
I'm just under 5'2" and was very comfortable.
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