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Kyoto, City of Culture Private Afternoon Tour Including Entry to Tofukiji

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    Experience the temples, shrines and gardens that make Kyoto Japan’s capital of culture on this unique private tour of the city. Founded as the national capital more than 1,200 years ago, Kyoto originally developed as a centre of aristocratic culture, and is most famous for its Zen gardens and Geisha traditions.

    On this Kyoto tour, you'll discover some of the magic of the city through cultural explorations and local experiences, all with your own personal local guide to lead the way. First we'll head to one of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional, yet modern, Zen garden, this is a great place to escape to a relaxed atmosphere in the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the monks who continue to live and study here.

    Next we walk through a nice local residential neighbourhood to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Home to a seemingly endless stretch of iconic red torii gates spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this shrine is a world unto itself. Walk through snaking corridors of red gates, made famous in the film Memoirs of Geisha, stopping to admire the shrines and many fox statues. Major photo opportunity alert!

    As the sun begins to set on the Toriis, we leave behind the foxes and head to Gion, famously known as Kyoto’s Geisha district. This area was the model for Memoirs of Geisha, and it comes alive with people and lights in the evening. Stroll past the 17th-century traditional restaurants and teahouses, many of which are still exclusive establishments for Geisha entertainment, see the theatres and traditional shops, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter.

    This iconic neighbourhood makes for the ideal end to this private Kyoto city tour, and is sure to leave you completely enthralled with this dynamic city.
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    Departure Point
    Kyoto Central Post Office, 843-12 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8799, Japan
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, transportation to/from the meeting and end points, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
    • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 8 August 2019 via mobile

    Fumika went out of her way to help me find out about all I needed to know about my stay in Japan. She was very knowledgeable and was able to cover 3 places in a short period of time.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Beena M
    KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2019

    Hi Beena M, thank you for your comment. Fumiko and Kyoto team are very happy to hear that you had good time with us. Please enjoy your next destination! Regards, Kohei

    Reviewed 18 May 2019

    We had an excellent experience touring Kyoto with Masayo, our guide. Detailed information on the sites we visited, general information on Japanese history and culture, jokes and recommendations on where to visit, eat and events, Masayo shared so much with us. The tour was perfectly...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Nicolasmak
    Reviewed 23 April 2019 via mobile

    Our guide Julian was informative, friendly, and very entertaining! His descriptions of the sites were very interesting, with a hint of humour and a modern twist. The route itself was (without spoiling it) very beautiful. The trip is a little heavier on the walking side...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    Reviewed 3 December 2018

    Sean was our tour guide and was extraordinary fun and interesting. I love Tokyo! We started off at the Buddhist Temple called Tofukuji. We saw Ojizosan (the bib rock) and FudoMyo (the angry man) statues on the way there. I also talked about the Marathon...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Belenxu C
    VentureJapan, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2018

    Hi Belenxu, thanks for the wonderful feedback for your time with us in Kyoto and for the experience with Sean. We appreciate you taking the time in recommending us and glad it was a fantastic day. Happy travel and take care. Venture, Kyoto

    Reviewed 23 November 2018

    I had a great experience exploring Kyoto through this tour. Not only was I able to hit some of the best sights left out by other tours but I also got some great insider information about living in the city itself. Our group was fortunate...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank parkerost
    VentureJapan, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

    Hi Parkerost, thanks for the wonderful feedback for your time with us in Kyoto and for the experience. We appreciate you taking the time in recommending us and glad it was a fantastic day. Happy travel and take care. Venture, Kyoto

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