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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

  • 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
Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
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 yesterday
Nice walk around the Eastern side of Kyoto

Our Tour guide was on her first solo walk but was clearly well trained and if she had not admitted to this at the beginning I would never have guessed. She was friendly and knowledgeable, working well with a group with children aged 11 to...More

Thank IonicBond71
Reviewed 2 days ago
Excellent Walking Tour Company

Our guide was Very knowledgeable and his English was impeccable. Kyoto has so many hidden off the track treasures that you really needed a local to introduce you to the all.

Thank Tourist801377
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Kyoto tour with Sean .

We did a half day tour of Kyoto with our guide Sean who was just fantastic, he took us to the Buddhist temple Tofukuji , then the Fushimi Inari shrine and the Gion district which was beautiful. Sean was very welcoming and knowledgeable and made...More

Thank cookie70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very informative tour with a great guide

We really enjoyed our Kyoto tour with Sean. The pace was nice, we enjoyed the temples and sites, and Sean was very informative.

Thank David_K_Seattle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Walking Tour to experience Kyoto

Great guide Sean! shared his local knowledge of Kyoto whilst walking with good size group of 8. Tried local dessert. Enjoyed Gion & especially Shintu Shrine.

Thank Anita H
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2 September 2018|
Response from vistorino | Reviewed this property |
There should be. When I booked there was the option to book in the morning as well as in the afternoon.