Kyoto: 3.5-Hour Small Group Cultural Walking Tour
- Duration: 3 hours
Ride alongside a local guide and enjoy a half-day tour to visit the impressive Fushimi Inari and Sanjusangen-do monuments in Kyoto, stopping at various popular photoshoot spots along the way. Meet your guide at Kyoto station, get settled into your bike, and begin your cycling exploration riding to Sanjusangen-do Temple, which is famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Japanese Buddhist goddess of mercy. Get off your bike and walk around this ancient structure with life-sized golden Buddha statues. Continue to the next stop which is Fushimi Inari Shrine and it's Senbon (Thousand) Torii Gate. This stop is one of the most picturesque square spots in Kyoto and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting the shrine, follow your guide as you explore the area and see other examples of traditional Japanese architecture.
Meet your guide at the station in Kyoto to begin your tour of the city’s highlights. Ride the train and to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for its impressive rows of red gates. Continue to Tofukuji Temple to relax in its beautiful garden and stroll along a raised walkway at tree level. After this, head to Sanjusangen-do temple, known for its amazing collection of 1,001 golden Buddha statues. Hop back on the train and travel to Hanamikoji Street and the famous Gion area, your final stop on the tour. Wander through the streets and feel soak up the energy of this vibrant area.
The district of Higashiyama is full of Kyoto must-see locations. Higashiyama means East Mountain, and this tour takes place at the foothills of the mountain range that forms the Eastern border of central Kyoto. Start off your tour at the Fushimi Inari Taisha, a Shinto shrine located in the Southern part of the Higashiyama mountain range. Pass through the mystical vermilion torii gates that snake up the mountainside. Beyond the gates, you find the Fushimi Inari Taisha which is about Shinto history and culture. Take a short train ride from Fushimi Inari to Gion and listen to the stories your guide has to share about this colorful, much-storied playground of the geisha and beyond. Gion is a special place as it continues to be an active part of modern-day culture. This district is also known for its evening entertainment. Stroll through the streets of Higashiyama and enjoy the peaceful...
Experience the temples, shrines and gardens that make Kyoto Japan’s capital of culture on this unique tour of the city. Founded as the national capital more than 1,200 years ago, Kyoto originally developed as a center 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. First 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 walk through a nice local residential neighborhood to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Home to a seemingly endless stret...
Very good tour and worth while. Really great to get you into the Kyoto experience!
As darkness falls over the city of Kyoto, enter the vermillion gates of Shinto and venture deep into the forested mountainside. Enter a sacred garden brimming with mysteries and veiled in a ghostly atmosphere. But fear not — you will cast your artificial light into the darkness and illuminate the beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Reach the location after sunset, when all of the tourists have retreated to their hotels for the day. Hit the iconic ‘tunnel of torii gates’ as well as hidden sub-shrines peppering the mountainside. Climb a short way up the mountain into spooky and otherworldly parts of the shrine grounds. It is here that you will learn the secrets of light painting in this unique setting ripe with potential, using a variety of artificial lights to reveal the shrine’s details in the dark. Get coached on the best camera settings for light painting and on the subtle handling o...
Experience Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with a licensed tour guide. Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most popular places to visit in Kyoto and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will make you see that this shrine is so much more than a famous tunnels of red torii gates. This shrine has countless stories to tell. Your guide will bring these all to life, and paint you an in-depth picture of Japan’s history and culture. Your guide will be certified by the Japanese government and will introduce you to a side of Japan that most tourists do not get to experience.
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Since we booked this tour out of season, we were alone with our guide. So he was able to respond individually to all our questions, told us a lot about the story and took some photos of us. We liked it very much!
Traveling mid December has the advantage of fewer tourists and having the guide to yourself!
Great tour. Very efficient and the guide was thoughtful. Also, a good amount of exercise.
Julian our guide was very engaging and shared a lot of interesting facts.
It was amazing. The tour guide was really good and knowledgeable.