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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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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 12 April 2019

I had a fantastic time on the small group Kyoto cultural tour last week, the guide was fantastic and helpful when answering all our questions and I was able to see parts of Kyoto I perhaps wouldn't have gone to. The tour was a little...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 12 April 2019 via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful time exploring all the hot spots of Kyoto with our guide, Sean. He was extremely lovely and informative. Sean took us to the beautiful Gion district, undoubtedly a favourite area of mine and we even saw a geisha!...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 12 April 2019 via mobile

This tour was the perfect amount of time for kids to see a lot of culture without being “templed out”

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Reviewed 11 April 2019 via mobile

I loved the whole tour. Our guide was very informative from history and traditions to giving suggestions of places to visit after our tour. Each place we visited was a treasure. There was more walking then I expected so wouldn’t recommend if you have trouble...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 9 April 2019

Visited Kyoto and only had two days. Enjoyed this tour since it showed us the highlights of Kyoto. Our guide Kosuke was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He took care of transportation expenses and even treated us to a unique Kyoto...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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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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