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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

From US$61,70
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
From US$61,70
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
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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 1 week ago
Walking tour with Kohei

really enjoyed our walking tour with Kohei and our group. Kohei is very personable, warm and informative. We have a nice group and able to cover many interesting sights without feeling overwhelmed. Quite pleasant and learned a good deal. Highly recommended. Yu

Thank Hugh O
Reviewed 1 week ago
Informative leisurely tour

The group size of 9-10 was perfect for walking around Kyoto. We learned so much more than if we had visited the Temples and Shrines ourselves. Our guide Steven was very informative and in touch with Japanese culture. The tour ends in Gion were we...More

Thank Heather S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
What an introduction........

We went fresh off the train, booked into the hotel then out on the tour. Our tour leader was Steven who was European but had an detailed knowledge of Kyoto and the Japanese culture. The tour was fully packed with visits to temples, both Shinto...More

3  Thank Ada1207
VentureJapan, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ada, Thank you very much for your time reviewing us and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time with us enough to recommend it! Come back to Japan soon to enjoy it even more! Kind regards from everyone @ Venture

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CULTURAL KYOTO WALKING TOUR

I went on that walking tour on March 31st. I thouroughly enjoyed this tour. Thanks to our guide YUTA , I learned a lot about the temples we visited and the GION district. Yuta did his best to make the tour lively and interesting. He...More

2  Thank radotel
VentureJapan, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Radotel, thank you very much for your time reviewing us and Yuta and I'm glad that you enjoyed your perfect trip enough to recommend it! Come back to Japan soon to enjoy it even more! Kind regards from everyone @ Venture

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing Tour!

Such an informative and interesting tour with a guide who was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I learnt so much about Japanese culture on this tour and I even went back to the Torii Gates the next day to hike the mountain upon our guides recommendation...More

Thank tamararirvine
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