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Kyoto - City of Culture Small Group Afternoon Tour

by Urban Adventures Duration 3h 30m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per traveller Price is C$86

Reflect on the culturally rich history of Kyoto – Japan's capital for more than 1,000 years – on this relaxed, guided stroll through the city. Gaze at the red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, soak up the stillness of Tofukuji Temple’s Zen gardens and prowl the Gion district for real Geishas.

Start at one of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple, which was built in the 13th century. Admire how natural earth elements such as sand, rocks and moss can come together in contemplative artwork. Ponder the purpose of Zen from a shaded, serene spot, and imagine the scene as it was in 1236. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the Monks who continue to live and study here.

Next head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, nestled at the base of a tree-covered mountainside. Count the numerous stone fox statues – considered the messengers of the Gods – that dot this lush property, and pass through the winding red torii gates that stretch for miles into the mountains.

Come twilight, head for the twinkling lights of Gion. Kyoto’s gathering spot for geishas, this historic district features restaurants, teahouses and theatres – all combining traditional Japanese architecture with an ancient means of entertainment. Keep an eye out for a flash of white make-up or an elaborate up do – giveaway clues that a beautiful geisha is nearby.

Reflect on the culturally rich history of Kyoto – Japan's capital for more than 1,000 years – on this relaxed, guided stroll through the city. Gaze at the red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, soak up the stillness of Tofukuji Temple’s Zen gardens and prowl the Gion district for real Geishas.

Start at one of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple, which was built in the 13th century. Admire how natural earth elements such as sand, rocks and moss can come together in contemplative artwork. Ponder the purpose of Zen from a shaded, serene spot, and imagine the scene as it was in 1236. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the Monks who continue to live and study here.

Next head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, nestled at the base of a tree-covered mountainside. Count the numerous stone fox statues – considered the messengers of the Gods – that dot this lush property, and pass through the winding red torii gates that stretch for miles into the mountains.

Come twilight, head for the twinkling lights of Gion. Kyoto’s gathering spot for geishas, this historic district features restaurants, teahouses and theatres – all combining traditional Japanese architecture with an ancient means of entertainment. Keep an eye out for a flash of white make-up or an elaborate up do – giveaway clues that a beautiful geisha is nearby.

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2:00 PM, Tour in English

Duration 3h 30m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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C$85.92

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Kyoto - City of Culture Small Group Afternoon Tour

Activity Location

Kyoto

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Central Post Office

    Kyoto


Highlights

  • Leisurely walking tour to discover Kyoto's history & culture

  • Peaceful shrines, ancient temples & tranquil gardens

  • A visit to historic Gion, Japan’s famed geisha district

  • Experience daily life in a local neighbourhood

  • Walk through Kyoto’s famous red tori gates


Inclusions

  • Guided walking tour of Kyoto

  • Admission to Tofukuji Temple

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Transport fare during tour


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 5 and younger are not allowed.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

  • Small group of a maximum of 12 people


Kyoto - City of Culture Small Group Afternoon Tour ratings based on 31 Verified Reviews

5 out of 5

5/5 18 Apr. 2019

We had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the culture. I think the hightlight of our tour was when we went to the Gion District and saw quite a few geishas. Our Tour guide Ko was very knowledgeable and friendly.

5/5 14 Apr. 2019

It was a lot of walking, over 10.000 steps so be aware, but well worth it. Our tour guide, Zen, was fantastic. Very friendly and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended!

Rachel R

United Kingdom