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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

  • 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$61,10
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
From US$61,06
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 2 days ago
Great for kids

I was struggling to find a way to get the kids (11yr and 13yr) to really see and appreciate some of the Kyoto temples and its history. This tour was a great way to get them around the city - but not overwhelm them. Our...More

Thank Lem L
Reviewed 2 days ago
Kyoto: shrines, pancakes and pleasure

It’s not difficult to see why Kyoto is such a major drawcard for international tourists, so be prepared for crowds at some of the most popular sights, such as the geisha enclave of Gion Kabu, and the Fushimi Inari Shrine, where thousands of red gates...More

Thank Ian J
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great Intro to Kyotos Shrines and Temples

Our guide, Yuta, was excellent - friendly, informative and kept the group organized through all of our travels. We met at Kyoto station before taking the train to Tofukiji temple, then walked to Fushimi Inari Taisha. During this part of the tour, Yuta was careful...More

Thank Will C
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great walking tour ..

We met outside Lawson's next to the post office at Kyoto station. Our guide was Jorge ( I think that's how you spell it!) and he was great. His English was perfect and he took us to some more off the beaten track places as...More

Thank andream0402
Reviewed 1 week ago
Half day visit Kyoto

Everything was on schedule; the guide was great. Most useful was the Shintoism explanation given by the guide.

Thank carloscepedamallett
Yukako U, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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

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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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Kyoto station. In front of Lawson.
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