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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

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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
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
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Overview
Learn about Kyoto’s history and culture in just a half day on this guided cultural walking tour. Guided commentary allows you to delve deep into the history of Japan’s former imperial city while visiting the Tofukuji Temple, Fushimi Inarii Shrine, and Gion Geisha district, which would be difficult to visit independently in the same time frame. The small-group size means you can wander down back roads you wouldn't necessarily find on your own, and snacks and entrance fees are included.
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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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was very interesting. Our guide Fumiko was friendly, helpful, and knew a lot of details that you would miss otherwise. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank yuliya-321
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was great, all the sights were wonderful and Miyake was a friendly and knowledgeable guide.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Emma A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. Our tour guide was informative and knowledgeable about all of the places we visited, and took us to places we would not otherwise have seen, as well as the more famous spots. Pick-up...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank heleneric2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide Maria was friendly, informative, helpful, patient with small children . Tour was great . Pickup place was well specified and central location.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Amit G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall we enjoyed the tour. Great stops on the tour and the guide was informative. We did fee somewhat rushed towards the end of the tour in the Gion Geisha district. If the tour had been another hour I’d have given five stars. We ended...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank leitrips
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We took this tour back in April. I booked through Viator and it went through okay. Enjoy!
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27 April 2019|
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Hello I joined this tour as a tourist but it is run by a few guides who meet you outside Kyoto station. They have no storage facilities BUT the station has left luggage lockers in abundance which we used to dump our stuff... More
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