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Things to Do in Kyoto This Summer

Things to Do in Kyoto This Summer

Kyoto is hot and humid in the summer, but with so many beautiful outdoor attractions, such as parks and temples, you won’t want to spend your visit seeking indoor air-conditioning. Explore at a leisurely pace, and you can enjoy the best of Kyoto in the summer without getting overheated. Here are a few places and experiences you shouldn’t miss.

  • Take amorning city tourto enjoy the cooler morning air before the heat of the day, visiting must-see sights such as the Golden Temple, Kiyomizu-dera, and the Arashiyama district.
  • Sit back and relax on a traditional-stylerickshaw tour of the bamboo forests of Sagano.
  • Eat your way around Kyoto on anevening food walking tour.
  • Learn about Zen Buddhism on adaylong retreat at a peaceful temple.
  • Don a colorful, summer-weightyukata kimono and have photos taken to commemorate your visit during aprofessional photo shoot.
  • Exercise your creative side with an arts-and-crafts class, where you can learn traditional Japanese arts such as flower arranging and watercolor painting.
  • Shop for high-quality souvenirs with a guide on a customizedprivate shopping tour.
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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

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This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. Save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. Travel in an air-conditioned coach for a hassle-free day. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.59
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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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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, customizable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.
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  • 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.01
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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

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Marvel at the some of the top UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples and palaces of ancient Kyoto on this half-day tour. This quick introduction to the sights of Kyoto covers Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and the Japanese Emperor’s former Imperial Palace—a perfect way to see the city if you’re short on time. Your guided morning Kyoto excursion includes entrance fees and transport between sites by coach.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$69.52
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$69.52
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Kyoto Evening Gion Food Tour Including Kaiseki Dinner

Kyoto Evening Gion Food Tour Including Kaiseki Dinner

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Immerse yourself in the Japanese culinary tradition of Kaiseki Ryouri during this evening food tour in Kyoto. Follow your guide through the Kamogawa and Gion areas, eating your way through a 10-course meal with included beverages and dessert.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.67
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

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Dress in traditional Japanese attire in this kimono and yukata experience in Kyoto. You won’t have to worry about wearing the clothing incorrectly as you’ll have a professional fitting session. Stroll around Gion, and visit nearby shrines such as Kiyomizu-dera and Heianjingu Shrine. The experience is flexible, and different time slots are offered throughout the day. You can also upgrade your experience to include makeup, and hair styling.
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  • 1 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.13
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Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

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Discover the art of ‘shibori’ during this 30 to 60-minute scarf-making class in Kyoto. Learn about Japanese culture from your knowledgable guide and become versed in one of the country’s many art forms. Use traditional tools and fabrics to make your scarf, then take this memorable handmade souvenir home with you to show your friends and family.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.29
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Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen

Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen

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Have a spiritual experience missed by most visitors to Japan on this tour from Kyoto. Journey outside of the city into the picturesque surroundings of the Hozu river, surrounded by mountains and bamboo groves. Visit ancient Buddhist temples and enrich your experience of Japan's spiritual side with a guided Zen meditation session with a resident monk. Afterward enjoy a traditional matcha green tea ceremony.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.60
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.00
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Private Kyoto Arashiyama Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Kyoto Arashiyama Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Experience a more natural, idyllic, side of Japan during this 4-hour private excursion to the Arashiyama area in western Kyoto. Climb aboard your chartered limo, van or bus for an exploration of Arashiyama attractions like the historic Tenryu Temple, picturesque Togetsukyo Bridge and the tranquil Sagano Bamboo Groves. Best of all this trip is easily customized, allowing you to pick the attractions and itinerary that best meet your interests. A driver, round-trip transport from central Kyoto and private vehicle are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$356.69
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Made In Kyoto Shopping Tour with a Local: Tastes of Tea, Sweets and Sake

Made In Kyoto Shopping Tour with a Local: Tastes of Tea, Sweets and Sake

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With so many shopping choices in Kyoto, it can be overwhelming as a tourist to know which are the best places to visit. Take the stress out of shopping, by going on a shopping tour with a local. You’ll have multiple tastings, including tea, sweets, and sake. You’ll also learn about the history of the artisan products you see, meet local artisans, and wander through Fushimi Momoyama shopping area, and Gion.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.70
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Chopstick Making Workshop in Kyoto

Chopstick Making Workshop in Kyoto

Many people have eaten with chopsticks, but very few people can claim to have made their own. During this unique, fun-filled crafts workshop, you’ll learn how to whittle Japanese utensils from local soot bamboo. Get hands-on instruction while you participate in a time-honored tradition, passed down from generations. You’ll learn about the importance of bamboo to Kyoto crafts, and will even get to take home your new creation.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.33
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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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