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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thorough and fun tour! Our guide Sean was outstanding and so knowledgeable yet witty and fun! Good pace, covered a lot of ground but not exhausting. Highly recommend it as an intro to Kyoto!

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

Thank you 590marilyna for your comment. Sean and Kyoto team are really glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please have a good time in Kyoto. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 1 week ago

Julian was our guide. He is very knowledgeable and could answer any question we had about Kyoto and Japan in general. Thanks Julian for an enjoyable tour!

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

Thank you Pauline B for your review and comment. Julian and Kyoto team are really glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please have a good time in Kyoto! Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Started a little slow as a couple didn’t turn up, but was the best tour so far in Japan. Sean our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable, helpful, courteous and made the afternoon an absolute joy. The tour takes in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines and...More

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KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you phogan2001 for great feedback. Sean and Kyoto team are super happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please enjoy your next destination. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very happy with this tour. I learned many things I would not have learned on my own. Host was very polite.

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KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you M7877THscottd for your comment. We are really glad to hear that you were happy with the tour. Please enjoy your stay in Kyoto. Thank you and best regards, Kohei Tamaki

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as much local knowledge was shared as expected . The fact it poured rain on us did not help… But that certainly was not the guide or the tours fault.

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

Thank you E8236FEgarys for your feedback. We will improve our guiding skills no matter what the weather conditions are. Please have a good time in Kyoto. Thanks again and best regards, Kohei

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Kurt G
4 October 2019|
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Response from sevieme | Reviewed this property |
For this tour you would need to take Shinkansen to Kyoto. Once in Kyoto, you will meet a guide, at a previously selected time.
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Response from vmgutierrez1224 | Reviewed this property |
In front of post office close to the train station.
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10 August 2019|
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Response from HoagieCat | Reviewed this property |
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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