The city of Kyoto, on Honshu Island, was once the capital of Japan. You will find many excellent tours in Kyoto, catering for a wide range of interests.
SIGHTSEEING AND ACTIVITY TOURS IN AND FROM KYOTO
Kembu (the sword performance), one of many Japanese traditional arts, demonstrates the culture of the samurai, a warrior class that ruled Japan for 700 years.
Kembu masters who work to keep the spirit of samurai culture alive perform this one-hour stage show at Samurai Kembu Theater. Satisfy your intellectual curiosity with in-depth talks, and enjoy both traditional and new-style Kembu performances based on historical tales from the feudal period. Afterwards, hold a photo session with the performers.
KYOTO AND NARA DAY TRIP INCLUDING HIJO CASTLE: FROM KYOTO
Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on this full-day tour from Kyoto. In the morning, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji, as well as Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Then travel to Nara to visit World Heritage–listed Todai-ji temple complex (including Great Buddha Hall) and Kasuga Shrine. Plus, see the famous wild deer that roam Nara (you can even feed them!) and enjoy a Japanese and Western-style lunch buffet. It’s a packed day, but by the end of your trip you can rest assured you’ll have seen some of Japan’s most important ancient landmarks.
KYOTO RICKSHAW TOUR
Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan.
You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyoto’s famed Higashiyama area, all with a knowledgeable local guide and rickshaw driver.
This authentic, and customisable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.
KYOTO MORNING TOUR: KYOTO IMPERIAL PALACE, GOLDEN PAVILION, AND NIJO CASTLE
Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time.
Travel by coach in the morning and visit the UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle and the gold-covered Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) with your informative guide. Then wander through the Kyoto Imperial Palace — home to the emperor until 1868 — and see how royalty lived.
PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR: KYOTO IN ONE DAY
Create your own sightseeing itinerary on a private, customised tour of Kyoto. You’re accompanied via public transport to a few of the cultural capital’s 2,000 temples, shrines and other renowned landmarks like Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Choose from among 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Nijo Castle or Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) to explore with a professional guide. Select a half-day or full-day itinerary, tailored to your particular interests. Lunch at a local restaurant is included on the full-day tour.
HIMEJI CASTLE AND AKASHI KAIKYO BRIDGE TOUR: FROM KYOTO
Embark on a full-day walking tour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Himeji Castle.
You’ll take public transportation from Kyoto to Hyogo with a guide to the Japanese national treasure for an informative stroll around the grounds. Afterwards, you also get to enjoy a lunch buffet with both Western and Japanese cuisine before a journey along the Maiko Marine Promenade, a scenic walkway built on the Kobe side of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge.
2-DAY HIROSHIMA TOUR INCLUDING MIYAJIMA AND KURASHIKI: FROM KYOTO
Visit top World Heritage sites in Miyajima, Hiroshima and Okayama on this 2-day guided from Kyoto.
Marvel at the graceful red gate of Itsukushima Shrine, take in the UNESCO-listed Hiroshima Peace Memorial’s Genbaku Dome and museum, stroll the historic streets of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and view Western artworks at the Ohara Museum of Art. Top it off with included public transport, one restaurant lunch, and accommodation at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima.
HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL PARK AND MIYAJIMA ISLAND TOUR: FROM KYOTO
Visit Hiroshima’s most important historic sites on this 12-hour tour from Kyoto. After taking the bullet train from Kyoto Station, enjoy a boat ride to Miyajima.
Your informative guide will show you to a great viewing spot for the majestic Itsukushima Shrine. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum to tour the profound exhibits, many of which include remnants from the 1945 atomic bombing of the city.
UJI WALKING TOUR WITH TEA CEREMONY: FROM KYOTO
Explore the historic city of Uji on this walking tour from Kyoto. Your informative guide will give you an introduction to this city known for its tea and to Japanese culture, by guiding you through the city’s scenic neighbourhoods, riverfront and historic temples. You’ll partake in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and see the famous Ujibashi Bridge, a cultural icon.
MAIKO PERFORMANCE WITH KAISEKI DINNER IN KYOTO
Witness the beauty and elegance of the lovely ‘maiko’ (apprentice geishas, or ‘geiko’) at Gion Hatanaka during an exquisite 2-hour evening of culture, entertainment and delicious food.
Enjoy unlimited drinks with Kyoto-style ‘kaiseki’ cuisine, which incorporates traditional cooking methods and ingredients.
You’ll also learn about ancient Japanese traditions as you chat with the maiko and geiko, play drinking games with them and even take photographs together as a token of remembrance of your time in Kyoto.
KYOTO SMALL GROUP CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: CALLIGRAPHY OR ORIGAMI CLASS
Try your hand at the Japanese arts with your choice of a calligraphy or origami class! Take a 1-hour lesson from an expert instructor inside a beautiful Kyoto-style townhouse, and experience traditional arts in the old capital of Japan. You’ll practice calligraphy techniques with a brush and ink or learn to fold patterned paper into a variety of shapes.
If you’d like, upgrade your origami lesson to include an additional hour getting dressed in a traditional kimono! Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to a maximum of 7 people.
KYOTO WORLD HERITAGE HOP ON HOP OFF LOOP BUS
The best bus system for exploring Kyoto. K’LOOP (Kyoto Sightseeing Loop Bus) allows you the freedom to enjoy the World Heritage sites and other important cultural spots at your own pace. Enjoy the audio guidance while travelling.
This 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass offers convenient access to World Heritage sites including Golden pavilion, Silver pavilion, Kiyomizu Temple, Toji Temple, Shimogamo Shrine and Nijo Castle. Moreover, important cultural spots such as Kitano-temmangu, Heian Jingu, Chion-in, Yasaka Shrine, Sanjusangendo, and Kyoto National Museum are near to the bus stops.
FOOD AND CULTURE EXPERIENCE AT THE NISHIKI MARKET AND GION IN KYOTO
In the centre of Kyoto, there is the famous Nishiki market. With more than 400 years history, the Nishiki market is called “Kyoto’s Kitchen.”
There are more than 130 shops along the street, and you can taste and see many types of food that is unique to Kyoto. On this tour, you will also learn about the Kyoto culture. As Kyoto was a capital in Japan until 17th century, it has an interesting and very original culture. After seeing the Nishiki market, you will take a walk to and around Gion (Geisha area) and learn culture as well.
OSAKA WALKING TOUR WITH RIVER CRUISE AND OSAKA CASTLE: FROM KYOTO
Follow an expert guide on foot to principal landmarks in Osaka during a full-day walking tour, departing from Kyoto.
Visit Shogun exhibits at Osaka Castle and look as far as the eye can see from the Umeda Sky Building’s Floating Garden Observatory. Then join your guide on a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner, coasting past the Twin Towers and City Hall of Nakanoshima lsle. Lunch and round-trip transport from Kyoto are included in this tour.
3-DAY TOUR TO TOKYO: TAKAYAMA, SHIRAKAWAGO AND KANAZAWA: FROM KYOTO
Edo-era architecture, samurai stories and houses shaped like praying hands – experience Japanese history and culture on this 3-day tour from Kyoto to three of Japan’s must-visit historical cities: Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa.
With a professional guide, you’ll explore traditional homes, UNESCO-listed folk villages and other impressive sites such as Kenroku-en Garden. Relax easy with prearranged transport to all locations, and your choice of standard or deluxe hotel accommodation in Takayama and Kanazawa. This is a one-way tour, ending in Tokyo.
HIDDEN KYOTO BIKE TOUR
This is a 7 kilometre bike ride that visits famous attractions as well as hidden gems in Kyoto such as the Kinkakuji, Daitokuji Temple Complex in order to visit the Koto-in and Zuiho-in, Imamiyajinja and the Kitanotenmangu Temple.
FULL DAY TRADITIONAL PHOTO TOUR INCLUDING TRANSPORTATION BY LUXURY VAN: IN KYOTO
The tour starts out by visiting the UNESCO Sites of the Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Ryoanji Rock Zen Garden, the Nijo Castle, the Nishiki Fish Market (for lunch), the Kiyomizu Temple, the Ginkakuji Temple and finally to the Philosopher’s Path. During this tour, you will get the opportunity to have beautiful photos taken of you along the way.
NARA AFTERNOON TOUR OF TODAIJI TEMPLE, DEER PARK AND KASUGA SHRINE: FROM KYOTO
Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. You’ll visit the Todaiji Temple to see Japan’s largest Buddha, Deer Park – home to hundreds of freely roaming deer, and Kasuga Shrine – Nara’s most celebrated shrine.
KYOTO CITY TOUR: GOLDEN PAVILION, NIJO CASTLE, KYOTO IMPERIAL PALACE AND HANDICRAFT CENTRE
Enjoy the sights of Kyoto on a sightseeing tour to Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Handicraft Centre.
You’ll learn about Kyoto’s rich history and culture from your guide as you take in some of the city’s favourite landmarks, then get a hands-on experience of traditional Japanese crafts during a workshop with a professional craftsman at Kyoto Handicraft Centre. Your tour includes an expert guide, lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup at selected hotels in central Kyoto.
GUIDED GO KYOTO DAY TRIP BY GO-KART
Discover a new activity in Kyoto – viewing the historic capital from a completely different angle by a go-kart!
This tour is specially designed for go-kart; you will go beneath the huge red torii gate of the Shinto shrine, along the world famous zen monastery’s earthen wall and a beautiful river side lined with cherry trees as well as the busy part of the city.
It’s great fun, and don’t be surprised if people on the street start smiling and waving at you as you pass by!