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Kamogawa River (Kamo River) Tours

Kamogawa River (Kamo River)
Strolling along the Kamogawa River (Kamo River) at night is a quintessential Kyoto experience. The fourth longest river in Kyoto spans from the northeastern most parts of the city southwest to the Katsuragawa River. The most popular section of the river runs through the famous geisha district of Gion. In warmer months, the river becomes a popular spot for picnics, walks, and people watching. 

A walking path along the river’s edge gives way to stretches of parkland, perfect for enjoying an afternoon or evening. Restaurants situated above the river light up at night, illuminating the river below. There are five bridges that span the Kamo River. More adventurous travelers may enjoy finding each of them. Along with the Seine in Paris or the Tiber River in Italy, the Kamo River is a favorite spot among locals.

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The most frequented spot on the Kamogawa River is in the Gion district of Tokyo. Shimbashi neighborhood is on the east bank, and Pontocho neighborhood is on the west bank. The most popular time to visit is at sunset. 
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15 Tours and Activities to Experience Kamogawa River (Kamo River)

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 Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

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Get an insiders' eye perspective on Kyoto on this walking tour that combines a food tour with anthropological insight. Wander through the city's streets and understand the nighttime entertainment scene, from geiko (geisha) to hostesses. Afterward, sample regional specialties accompanied by included drinks at standing bars/restaurants.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.00
Price varies by group size
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$104.00
Price varies by group size
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Kyoto Like a Local: Private BIKE Tour

Kyoto Like a Local: Private BIKE Tour

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What could be more thrilling than flying through the streets of Kyoto on two wheels!? Experience the joy of the city as you whiz around from Pontocho street to Gion Shinbashi. You’ll be surprised by how much you can see when you explore by bike. With narrow streets, trendy neighbourhoods, and historical landmarks. By bike, you can see it all. As well as checking out the Imperian Palace and the Heian Jingu shrine, you’ll get off the tourist trail and discover a side to Kyoto that only the locals see. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride. Next is the iconic Demachi shopping arcade for a real sight into the local life, and the locals’ favorite, Pontocho street. Cycle alongside the Kamogawa river in a setting away from the Kyoto crowds. Finally, enjoy a ride through a bike path lined by lots of cherry trees and that it was named after one of Japan's most famous philosophers. Join now and find out more in the private tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.01
Price varies by group size
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$118.01
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Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

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Get a deeper experience of Kyoto food culture than would be possible on your own by joining this guided tour. Stroll through the districts of Gion and Pontocho, stopping in to small bars and restaurants to sample traditional drinks and food, as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.06
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$116.06
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Kyoto Bar Hopping Night Tour

Kyoto Bar Hopping Night Tour

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-Drink like a local! Bar hopping in the backstreets of Pontocho- To start this All-in-one bar hopping walking tour that Drinks & Foods are all included, our local guide will take you to an izakaya bar (a local tavern) on Pontocho street, one of the most well known night streets, full of local izakayas. We will be taking you to places only the locals know and recommend, making for a one and only experience! -Various drink and izakaya food tastings- We'll continue bar hopping walking around in the backstreets of Kyoto. You can try some authentic izakayas that serve yakitori or sashimi with crisp, cold draft beer. If you're a sake-lover, we will help you navigate through a sake standing bar that serves Kyoto-made sake. You can enjoy the night like a local! Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.51
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$105.51
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Secret Eastern Kyoto Biking Adventure

Secret Eastern Kyoto Biking Adventure

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* we provide interesting tours !! * If you want to explore Kyoto, you should choose the Biking tour because a bus or walking tour takes much longer time to arrive at your destinations.By riding bikes with us, you will be able to visit some famous spots within relatively short period of time because we use some back streets. You may think this 3 hours bike ride is too long for you ,, but we will guide you with a lot of descriptions of Japanese and Kyoto culture so you will not become bored with us.Also visiting a real temple and trying real Green tea will be one of the most memorable experiences in Kyoto! Let's enjoy riding bikes and take great photos to maximize your Kyoto trip! Jump on a bicycle and enjoy the unique sights of Kyoto.Pedal through temples, stroll among shrines, and sip green tea while viewing exquisite hidden gardens.In addition we will take you to see some delightful unexpected sights.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.11
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$80.11

Running to Kyoto's attractive tourist spots like Kamo river, Kiyomizu Temple, Nanzenji Temple, Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto.Let's make a slow jogging with a professional guide.Running experience in the old capital must forge an unforgettably impressive memory for you.

Running to Kyoto's attractive tourist spots like Kamo river, Kiyomizu Temple, Nanzenji Temple, Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto.Let's make a slow jogging with a professional guide.Running experience in the old capital must forge an unforgettably impressive memory for you.

Very unique tour to visit Kyoto's famous tourist destinations by running instead of walking nor cycling. An experienced guide with tour licence will lead you to several spots by slow jogging.This must be pretty exciting for you, but you should have the good habit of daily exercise especially running because will run about 15km in total. You also have to wear running shoes and clothes suitable for running. Rental of running shoes and running belt are available by 1,000yen each.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.23
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$117.23

Kyoto Historical Highlights Cycling Tour with the Golden Pavilion

Kyoto Historical Highlights Cycling Tour with the Golden Pavilion

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- Kick off the tour by checking out Nijo Castle and Seimei Shrine You will be surprised to find how calm and peaceful this ancient city is! Start this historical sights tour by learning about Nijo Castle and how to pray at a Japanese shrine at the unique Seimei Shrine. - Breeze through the old capital's Imperial Palace and enjoy a delicious lunch at a Japanese tea house! After seeing the magical golden pavilion get ready to cycle again for a nice downhill ride to the Imperial Palace where your guide will give you some insights to the old days! - Enjoy the local Kyoto oasis that is Kamogawa river with a relaxing cycle After chowing down on some delicious Kyoto cuisine and taking a break hop back on your bike and finish the tour off with a super-relaxing ride. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.27
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$90.27
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Cycle Around Kyoto Hidden Gems & Gion NightWalk

Cycle Around Kyoto Hidden Gems & Gion NightWalk

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This is the best way to enjoy Kyoto hi-light with a bike view, avoiding the crowd. It's very family-friendly and highly recommended for first visiter and a short stayer in Kyoto. Kyoto is a very flat city and not big. We'll take you to many beautiful spots, temples, shrines, riverside road, university, hidden local gems, etc in Kyoto northeast cultural area through an uncrowded scenic route. The bike is very well maintained and comfortable. After the bike, you can enjoy a night walk in Gion scenic cultural area too. Our Guides are all Japanese local who live or lived in Kyoto and love Kyoto so much. After this tour, probable you'll feel Kyoto more familiar and fall in love. Mar & Apr are Nice flower season (Cherry blossom also!). May & Jun are lovely fresh green season. Summertime (Jul & Aug) is nice to hang around the river side with a ​bike. Oct & Nov are the amazing seasons with foliage.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.13
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$65.13

Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 4 Hours

Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 4 Hours

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Stroll the back alleys of Kyoto, missed by many visitors, as dusk falls and they are at their most atmospheric on this private guided tour. In the company of just a guide and your party, see how ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture as you explore the enchanting wooden alleyways lit with traditional paper lanterns in the historic Gion district and the picturesque streets of old Pontocho, where, with luck, you might spot a geisha or two.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.11
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$106.11
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Kyoto Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Kyoto Private Tour

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Get ready to experience Kyoto the local way. Enjoy the city to the max and hear more about the origin,history, and culture of Kyoto. Go back in time to the feudal era as you wander around the Higashiyama Area and learn how samurais used to rule Japan. See and touch Kyoto's history at the Yasaka Pagoda,built almost 1500 years ago,and tour the Kongoji Temple to discover a folk faith linked to monkeys. Follow your local host through Kyoto's districts and neighbourhoods. Explore the Kiyomizu Temple,a world heritage site,and its landmarks of wooden terraces and waterfalls offering streams which visitors can drink from. Stroll through the vibrant Gion District where geishas entertain clients in traditional teahouses and step into Nishiki Market to taste local delicacies and shop for quirky souvenirs. Feeling thirsty? Why not some treats! Learn the art of Matcha making and savour the jade green tea. The local hosts are natural storytellers and they cannot wait to show you all around Kyoto.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.90
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$87.90
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The Heart of Kyoto & The Nijo Castle Private Tour

The Heart of Kyoto & The Nijo Castle Private Tour

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There is no city like Kyoto, with its alluring blend of deep-rooted traditions and dramatic history. Home to centuries-old temples and shrines as well as being the birthplace of the intriguing geisha culture, Kyoto is a fascinating destination! On this private tour, get ready to discover everything this city has to offer, from its hidden gems to famous landmarks, all with your favorite local. Travel back in time to the feudal era by visiting the Higashiyama Area and tour the famous Nijo Castle, built for the first shogun of the Edo period. Get up-close with Kyoto’s heritage at the Yasaka Pagoda and discover a folk faith connected to monkeys then explore the Kiyomizu Temple, a revered world heritage site. Witness and participate in age-old rituals by sipping from a holy stream. Quench your thirst with some warm Matcha. The local hosts are wonderful storytellers, each one with a different background ranging from arts to history an they are looking forward to showing you their city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.11
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$148.11
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Local Food Tour with Expert Guide in Downtown Kyoto

Local Food Tour with Expert Guide in Downtown Kyoto

Explore Kyoto's hidden alleys and delicacies with a local guide. Many people assumes that Japan is famous for dishes such as Tempura, Teppanyaki and Sushi. However in Kyoto you will discover dishes that only the local's enjoy. These areas are very difficult to find at first-sight, but with the help of your local guide you too can become one of the locals. You will be able to spend time with the locals and taste the typical Kyoto delicacy at carefully chosen bistro and local bars.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.85
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$112.85
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Kyoto's Gojo Area Walking Tour

Kyoto's Gojo Area Walking Tour

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You will be guided though Gojo area, a retro district full of treasures in the heart of Kyoto, that even locals don't know about! Find yourself surrounded by all the elements, the old architecture and history that will make you see the ancient capital of Japan from a new perspective. Secret History: Discover places that cannot be found in any guidebook. Foodie recommended: Stroll around an area of old teahouses reformed into cafes and shops, ideal for your next snack break after the tour. Photo: Get some advice from the tour guide for the best places for awesome pictures, especially if you are wearing a kimono! For an immersive Japanese experience, you can get dressed in a kimono and get your hair done (woman only) before the tour. There is a wide selection of kimono colors and patterns (sizes: S to 4XL). The professional staff helps you getting dressed and styles your hair (hair accessories sold separately). After the styling, you will meet your guide at the shop entrance.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.61
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$37.61
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Kyoto Cycling Tour with E-bike

Kyoto Cycling Tour with E-bike

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I will for sure surely enjoy it and be able to make you a great memory since you can bike without feeling tired. 6 PM after the tour without any extra fee. You may visit the places we have already stayed again or find your own way! For a more personal tour experience, we have a small tour group.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.52
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$74.52

The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto

The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto

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Venture way off the tourist track and discover hidden gems on this water-themed Kyoto bike ride, which follows the Kamo River to explore under-the-radar sights. Step inside a 2,000-year-old shrine surrounded by ancient forest, see the underground headquarters of Japan’s notorious crime gangs, and enjoy a specially brewed tea made from well water collected during the ride.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.13
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$60.13
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