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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

From US$61.40
  • 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
From US$61.40
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
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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 5 days ago
Excellent Walking Introduction to Kyoto

After a long day of traveling from Xi'an to Beijing to Osaka to Kyoto, we signed up to take this tour on our first full day in Kyoto. We met the group, headed by guide Steven Reyes, at 2 p.m. at the Central Post Office...More

Thank 4mr1811
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Fun Guide

We just got into Kyoto station and this was our first tour in Kyoto. I had mistakenly booked the tour for the following day and Julian quickly contacted his boss and made arrangements for us to join this group which was a great relief. We...More

Thank Tara A
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very informative tour

Great tour to some of Kyoto's temple complexes/shrines. We had a great guide, Shawn, who told us great stories, not just about the shrines we visited, but also about Japan's history in general, about shintoism, buddism, samurais, etc. He also showed us a place to...More

1  Thank Pernille D
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic Tour and Guide

I usually am not very particular about these kinds of tours in new cities. All I am really looking for is a quick and dirty / high level overview of a new place (which is usually what I get). So, I was quite surprised to...More

Thank lambda87
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Loved it!

Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic to teach us about Japanese culture and history. Would highly recommend this tour and tour guide!

Thank travelfan2015
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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.