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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 2 days ago
Even the teenagers liked it!

We had a group of eight, 4 adults, two late teens and two tweens. Prior to the tour there might have been some complaining by the younger folk that a walking cultural tour was not their thing. However Sean's wonderful personality and knowledge won them...More

Thank Ailsa P
Reviewed 5 days ago
Friendly, knowledgeable guide!

Great intro to the city! Saw many sights in just a few hours and learned a lot about Japanese culture and Kyoto This really is a fantastic way to start a stay in Kyoto, and Sean was a perfect host!

Thank atutum4
Reviewed 1 week ago
a good flavour of kyto in 4hours!

sean was a fantastic guide (knowledgeable, personal, friendly) and with only a very short amount of time on my hand this tour was just perfect

1  Thank tutUk
Reviewed 1 week ago
Half day tour went longer, in terrible conditions

I and my partner went on this tour in early July 2018 when there had been heavy rain for 3 days. The tour actually went for 4.5 hours and the guide, Utto, was exceptional at answering all the questions and being very switched on to...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Very engaging tour with Sean

What a great tour we had the other day in Kyoto with Sean Horne (guide) of Urban Tours. A real highlight of our time in Kyoto. Sean was intelligent, knowledgeable and very caring of our group of different ages and nationalities. He kept us all...More

Thank MiicheleN
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15 May 2018|
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Response from radotel | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you contact the operator : Urban adventures japan 80 35 50 84 49 Good luck !
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27 April 2018|
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Response from Achikins | Reviewed this property |
Kyoto station. In front of Lawson.