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Romantic Things to Do in Kyoto

Romantic Things to Do in Kyoto

Kyoto could well be called Japan’s City of Love, thanks to its atmospheric streets, picturesque gardens, and rich traditional culture. If you’re in Kyoto with your special someone, you’re in luck. From the glowing lamps of Gion to cozy traditional teahouses, here are some ways to get romantic in Kyoto.

Stroll Through Arashiyama

There’s something undeniably romantic about walking hand in hand through the tunnel of bamboo at Arashiyama’s Sagano Bamboo Grove. Be sure to snap a selfie on the picturesque Togetsukyo Bridge and spend some time exploring the Tenryu-ji Temple UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spend an Evening with Geishas in Gion

Geishas have become an icon of Kyoto, though often misunderstood. Uncover the secrets of the geisha during a romantic dinner for two in Kyoto’s historic Gion neighborhood. A typical dinner includes a multicoursekaiseki (haute cuisine) meal accompanied by amaiko (apprentice geisha).

Take a Romantic Rickshaw Ride

Sit back and relax as you visit some of Kyoto’s many temples, gardens, and Buddhist shrines on a rickshaw ride through its historic streets. It puts a romantic twist on a typical day of sightseeing. 

Say “Ahh” at the Spa

Treat yourselves to an afternoon of bliss at a traditional Japanese spa. Give your feet a break with a warm mineral-water soak infused with Japanese tea leaves or seasonal flowers, or opt for a longer couples massage.

Capture Your Visit

Whether you’re celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, or simply a romantic getaway, capture memories to take home with you during a professional photo shoot in the streets of Kyoto. Traditional Japanese clothing rental is often included.

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Tea Ceremony with Experienced Maiko in Kyoto

Tea Ceremony with Experienced Maiko in Kyoto

When visiting Kyoto, an essential experience is a tea ceremony with a Maiko. You’ll save time researching where to meet a real Maiko by having the experience organized for you. Learn about the world of Geisha, and have an English-speaking member of staff to help translate. You won’t have to worry about organizing where to eat, as drinks and snacks are provided too.
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  • 50 minutes
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Private 3-hour Kyoto Arashiyama Rickshaw Tour

Private 3-hour Kyoto Arashiyama Rickshaw Tour

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Spend a relaxing morning in Arashiyama, enjoying the vivid and lush nature. Discover the green and refreshing temples as well as unique ones. Find out why the Japanese are so fond of the Shinryoku (deep green; as in green leaves on trees and bushes). * Please note: this is a seasonal private tour, available from late spring to early summer.
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  • 3 hours
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Dress like an 'Oiran': A Japanese Courtesan from the 17th Century

Dress like an 'Oiran': A Japanese Courtesan from the 17th Century

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Feel like a movie star by having an Oiran makeover and photo shoot in Kyoto. No need to worry about buying special clothing, as clothing rental, and makeup application is included. After dressing up, you’ll have a photo shoot in the in-house studio, and you’ll receive three beautiful photos at the end of the experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Arashiyama Walking Tour with Yakatabune Lunch Cruise,Bamboo Grove,Tenryuji

Arashiyama Walking Tour with Yakatabune Lunch Cruise,Bamboo Grove,Tenryuji

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Explore the enchanting Arashiyama district of Kyoto by foot and boat on this half-day tour. Like much of Kyoto, Arashiyama is temple central, and the best way to learn about its sights is from a guide. Do just that and explore the gardens of UNESCO-listed Tenryū-ji Temple; visit the tree walk at Sagano Bamboo Grove; admire the temples of Jojakko-ji; and learn about Togetsukyo Bridge, which straddles the Oi River. Finish with a lunch cruise with views of Mt Arashiyama. The tour includes round-trip train transport from our Kyoto meeting point.
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  • 5 hours
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Kyoto hidden gardens group walking tour

Kyoto hidden gardens group walking tour

Get off the beaten tourist path, and explore the hidden Kyoto that most visitors don’t know about. Discover Kyoto’s pristine and less-visited zen gardens with a local guide. On this guided, small group tour, explore 300-year-old temples in the Nanzen-ji complex, learn about their history and customs, and have time to enjoy their atmosphere of peace and serenity.
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  • 3 hours
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The Art of the Geisha: Private Dinner in Kyoto

The Art of the Geisha: Private Dinner in Kyoto

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Uncover the secrets of Japan's elegant geishas during an evening dining experience in a private Kyoto restaurant. Stroll through the Gion district to delve into the fascinating history of geishas, beautiful performers trained in entertaining exclusive clientele. Then, pleasure your palate with a Japanese kaiseki meal and a selection of specialty drinks; sip sake as your expert guide translates the questions you have for your ‘maiko,’ or apprentice geisha. Gain insight into her profession and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small group tour, where numbers are limited to eight.
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