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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

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
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
US$60.72
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 5 days ago
Amazing way to see Kyoto!

Had a great time, so happy I chose this tour. I got to see the main sites of Kyoto in just a few hours. Thanks to the amazing tour guide Julian, who was patient, fun, and extremely knowledgeable!More

Thank Miriam S
VentureJapan, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Miriam, we very much appreciate your time for the great review and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time enough to recommend us and Julian. Fun, professional and flexibility is something we value so great to read it in your comments. Come back...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
A good insight into the cultural aspect of Kyoto

A fantastic tour, even during one of the hottest days in Kyoto this year. The tour guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. Plenty of time for photos and interaction with the temples and shrines featured on the trip. I would happily recommend this to anyone,...More

Thank Luke S
VentureJapan, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Luke, we very much appreciate your time for the great review and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time enough to recommend us and our leaders. Fun, professional and flexibility is something we value so great to read it in your comments. Come...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great experiences and very friendly guide

This was an amazing experience through some of the most beautiful places in Kyoto , our group was fairly big but the guide was amazing at managing all our questions .

Thank Ahmed S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fun Walking tour of Kyoto

The tour was a lot of fun! It was three hour tour, although it went just a bit longer. We saw three main sites in Kyoto: Tofukuji Temple, Fushimi Imari Shrine, and the Gion District. It was quite hot that day, but the walking was...More

1  Thank pescerosso1113
Reviewed 3 weeks 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

1  Thank Ailsa P
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keelijones
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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Shana Y
27 April 2018|
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Response from Achikins | Reviewed this property |
Kyoto station. In front of Lawson.
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