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Cycling Tour of Historic Kyoto with an English Speaking Guide

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Cycle along the ancient canals of Kyoto. Learn about the city's history at Heian-Jingu Shrine and stroll through the expansive grounds at Nanzenji Temple. Find out the meaning of tranquility along the Path of Philosophy.

  • Hop on a bike and cruise the streets of Kyoto
  • Discover temples, shrines and canals dotted around Kyoto City, including Heian-Jingu Shrine and Nanzenji Temple
  • Cycle along the Kamo River and take in views of the city's downtown

Please note that this tour will require you to ride a bicycle for approximately 15 km.
This tour is recommended for participants in good health conditions.


Jump on a bike to experience the real Kyoto on this cycling tour in Japan's imperial capital. This is the local transportation of choice, and there's no better way to discover the temples, shrines and canals dotted around the city. With visits to Heian-Jingu Shrine, Nanzenji Temple and a ride down the scenic Path of Philosophy, this is the best way to get a local perspective of this fascinating city.

Discover the real Kyoto while cruising the streets of Japan's cultural capital on this half-day cycling tour. With a history spanning over 1,200 years, the city streets have a lot to say, so be like the locals and jump on a bike to discover it all. Start the day cycling along the Kamo River, taking in the views of the city's downtown and passing the wealth of traditional riverside restaurants. Pass by the Heian-Jingu Shrine, built in 1894 to commemorate the 1,100 anniversary of the foundation of the capital.

Next, weave your way along the quaint canals to reach the impressive Nanzenji Temple. Admire the temple's spacious grounds and gardens with a surprising feature - a scenic aqueduct - with the Higashiyama Mountains as their impressive backdrop. This is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan, so soak up the ambiance before jumping back on your bike and heading down the Path of Philosophy. Arguably the most popular walking path in Kyoto, the Path of Philosophy is shaded by hundreds of cherry trees that bloom fierily every April. This is a great place to contemplate the tranquility and beauty of the area, as done by Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, when he named this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.

End this cycling tour of Kyoto back at the city's buzzing station.


  • Bicycle and helmet

  • English-speaking guide
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Cycling Tour of Historic Kyoto with an English Speaking Guide

Duration: 4 hour(s)
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Inclusions: Bicycle and helmet / English-speaking guide
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  • 08:30

    Check-in in Front of Kyoto Tourist Information Center

  • 08:45

    Cycle Along the Kamo River

    Cycle past Kyoto's downtown area and enjoy the breezes off the Kamogawa. In spring the riverside is a great spot to see cherry blossoms!

  • Heian Shrine

    Stop in at the famous Heian Jingu (Heian Shrine) and admire the scenery of its detailed buildings and statues. This dramatic shrine was built to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the capital.

  • Nanzenji Temple

    One of Kyoto's most important Zen temples, Nanzenji offers gorgeous gardens, remains of an aqueduct and views of the beautiful mountains nearby. Make sure you bring a camera!

  • Path of Philosophy

    This river path is beautiful in every season, from sakura in spring to the colorful leaves in the fall. Along the way you will see lots of tiny temples, cute cafes and interesting little shops.

  • Cycle Back to Kyoto Station

  • 12:15

    Tour Ends at Kyoto Station

  • (For Check-In) Kyoto Tourist Information Center (600-8216 2nd Floor Kyoto Station, Karasuma, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City , Kyoto Prefecture) Time: 08:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Kyoto Station Time: 12:15:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Kyoto Tourist Information Center (600-8216 2nd Floor Kyoto Station, Karasuma, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City , Kyoto Prefecture) Time: 08:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Kyoto Station Time: 12:15:00

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  • Children 12 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Additional Note(s)
  • Items of a personal nature and gratuities for your guide are not included in the tour price.

  • Tofukuji will be closed at certain points during the year for annual Buddhist rituals. When Tofukuji is closed, participants will instead visit Sanjusangendo.

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  • You can book a maximum of 9.

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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 17:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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