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4-Hour Small-Group Guided Bike Tour in Kyoto

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Explore the charming city of Kyoto like a local with a guide on this half-day cycling tour.

Highlights

  • Discover Kyoto’s heritage on this small-group tour as you cycle along the narrow lanes of Kyoto.

  • With an English-speaking guide, bike along the Kamo River towards Heian-Jingu Shrine known for its massive orange 'torii' gate.

  • Weave your way along quaint canals to reach Nanzenji Zen Temple. Take snaps at a scenic aqueduct with the Higashiyama Mountains as the backdrop.

  • Explore the serene 'Path of Philosophy', named after Professor Nishida Kitarō, who was known for wandering pensively along this route.

  • Fun Fact: Kabuki, the world-renowned form of Japanese performing arts, originated nearly 400 years ago along the banks of the Kamo River.

Inclusions

  • 4-hour cycling tour of Kyoto

  • English-speaking guide

  • Small-group tour under 5 guests

  • Bicycle and helmet

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

A half-day cycling tour is one of the best ways to get around the flat terrain of Kyoto. Hop on a cycle and enjoy the labyrinth of roads with an expert guide.

Marvel at Heian-Jingu Shrine and Nanzenji Temple

Upon cycling along the banks of the Kamo River, you'll reach Heian-Jingu Shrine. Built in 1895 to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto. Check out the massive orange 'torii', one of the tallest gates in Japan. Interact with locals and see their daily routines up close, such as the art of crafting tea canisters, handmade paper, curtains, and much more.

As you navigate the quaint canals, you'll eventually find yourself at Nanzenji Temple. The timber-constructed Zen temple exudes an aura of serenity and minimalism, drawing visitors from all over the world. The temple is known for its stone garden and multiple sub-temples within the temple. Beyond the garden lies the aqueduct, set against the forested Higashiyama mountains.

Walk Down the Path of Philosophy

Pedal off towards the 'Path of Philosophy', named after Professor Nishida Kitarō, who is said to have meandered lost in thought along the path. Look out for signs pointing off the path (following these will lead you to beautiful temples and shrines). Visit during the cherry blossom season to see the path lined up with beautiful cherry trees. As you cycle back towards Kyoto Station, enjoy the scenic beauty of the quaint and charming traditional teahouses and bathhouses.

Itinerary

  • Meet up at Kyoto Station

  • Cycling along Kamo River

  • Heian-Jingu Shrine

  • Nanzenji Temple

  • Path of Philosophy

  • End tour at Kyoto Station

Important Information

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves 15 km of cycling.

  • This tour is recommended for guests who have at least a medium level of fitness ability. It can be quite strenuous for those who are not used to cycling.

Timings

Daily: 8:45am & 1:45pm

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at 2nd floor of Kyoto Station.

  • Address - Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto, 721-1 Kyoto Tower Building, Shimogyo Ward, Higashishiokojicho, Tokyo 600-8216, Japan.

  • Landmark: Next to Isetan Department Store & in front of Kyoto Tourist Information.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Kyoto Eki mae. It is a quick 4-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board buses 市営特33, 市営33 or 市営73 to get you there.

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