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Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour provided by Kyoto Urban Adventures

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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.
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You'll start at
Kyoto Central Post Office
843-12 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8799, JapanIn front of Central post office on the north side of Kyoto station. "Chu-o yu-bin-kyo-ku" (Central post office) is less than a minute walk from the station. Please meet in front of the door closer to the convenience store "Lawson".
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    Tofukuji Temple
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Fushimi Inari Taisha
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 3
    Gion
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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You'll end at
Kyoto
Kyoto, JapanGion neighbourhood
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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
  • Small group ensures close attention from the guide and ability to ask questions
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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Important Information
Departure Point
Kyoto Central Post Office, 843-12 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8799, Japan
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Kyoto, Japan
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation fare during tour
  • Entry/Admission - Tofukuji Temple
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Maximum group size is 12
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: On this tour you visit many places with cultural significance, including shrines, temples, Zen Gardens and the Geisha district, which helps protect and preserve the cultural heritage of Kyoto.
  • Included in the price of your tour is the entrance fee to Tofukiji, which helps maintain the site.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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diana marie wrote a review 14 May
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Our Flight Arrived to Japan late and we were still able to make the tour. We met up along the way and joined in. Our guide was great and very informative with what we were seeing. We loved getting to walk through the small areas and eat the food along the way.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Andrew C wrote a review Mar 2020
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I enjoyed this tour, and I think you will too! Veronica, our guide, was perfect for this walking tour. There is a fair bit of walking, but she filled the time with historical and modern context for the various sights. Not only did she show us some awesome sights, she helped us
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from KyotoUA, Guest Relations Manager at Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to write reviews 5 stars, andrewlearnseedo! We are happy to hear that you had a nice time with Veronica! We will deliver your comment to her and she would also be happy to hear that! We are hoping to see you again next time when you visit to Kyoto! Thanks a lot, Masami
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maggie44113 wrote a review Mar 2020
254 contributions85 helpful votes
Kyoto is a confusing place - what with all the temples and shrines, it is difficult to take it all in and understand what you are looking at. Which is why I really appreciated Miyake’s guiding light and thorough explanations of all that you are seeing. We went first to the
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Response from KyotoUA, Guest Relations Manager at Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour
Responded 15 Mar 2020
Thank you very much for taking the time to write your fantastic review, maggie44113! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Miyake. He is the one of our knowledge guide and hope the tour helped you to understand Japanese culture in depth. You are very lucky that you could take photos at Torii gate without people! Thanks again for booking our tour and hope to see you again sometime in the future! Regards, Masami
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SunshineMNL wrote a review Mar 2020
Manila, Philippines3 contributions1 helpful vote
Our guide Fumiko was wonderful and we highly recommend her she was very patient and happy to answering our endless questions about religion, culture and the significance of anything we saw on the tour ! Her answers were very informative and she even gave us suggestions of
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Response from KyotoUA, Guest Relations Manager at Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour
Responded 01 Mar 2020
Thank you for your review, SunshineMNL! Kyoto is a full of history, culture, tradition, and modern society which are all well integrated and those aspects make this city unique and attractive! There are also captivating cultural and historical assets which sometimes you need a local guide to instruct them. Hope you had a good time with our guide, Fumiko and we will pass on your lovely comment to her! Once again, thank you for booking our tour and hope to see you again soon sometime in the future! Thank you, Kinya
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Amanda L wrote a review Feb 2020
Florida9 contributions
Our tour guide Fumiko was very informative and nice. She took us to Toufukuji temple, Fushimi inari shrine, and the geisha district. A lot of history and information that I definitely would not have gotten by visiting on my own. It is a lot of walking, but at an easy pace. She
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Response from KyotoUA, お客様担当マネージャー at Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour
Responded 25 Feb 2020
Thank you amandal0709 for your great review. We hope you learnt a lot about culture and history of Kyoto, and most of all, you had a great time with our guide Fumiko. Kyoto has a lot more to offer, so please come back and see us again! Thanks and regards, Hiroko
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Great adventure through Kyoto
A great day spent exploring Kyoto and it’s many temples/shrines. Cycling is recommended to capture as much of the c
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Great Hike, Great Meditation, Great Tea
I loved this experience, and I think you will too! Ko, our guide, was a pleasure to chat with on the small hike up
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Absolutely would recommend!
Today we visited Bamboo grove, Nonomiya shrine and the Daihikaku Senkouji temple. Our guide Fumiko was just lovely
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Insightful experience
This was an excellent tour with Julian as our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and funny,too! We learned so mu
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Engaging, informative evening
Julian was fantastic. Friendly, engaging and extremely knowledgeable and insightful of the history and present of K
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Serene and Informative :) One for the books!
Ko’s a cool guide. He made the experience pretty much chill but informative at the same time. The path leading to t
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Lot's of fun
Despite the rain and cold winds, this tour with Kosuke was great! He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer
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Great way to see the city
We booked this as a group activity but there was only the 2 of us on it as it was low season so in effect we got a
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A must do
We had a great time with Ko as our guide. A very informative experience along a scenic route. A great way to see lo
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Fantastic morning in Kyoto
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A fantastic way to see Kyoto
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small-group Kyoto walking Tour
Thank you Ko for a lovely, very informative tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening with you and our group and woul
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