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Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour

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Kyoto, Japan

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this small-group tour limited to 9 participants. Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this Kyoto tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. See shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city.
  • Explore scenic Kyoto like a local on this small-group biking tour
  • Travel light—bike and helmet are provided
  • Maximum of 9 participants ensures a more personalized experience
  • Receive illuminating commentary from your guide
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Local English-speaking guide
Use of bicycle and helmet
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Kyoto Eki mae, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Wind your way through the charming side streets and elegant temples of ancient Kyoto by bicycle, allowing an unexpected way to explore this famous Japanese city. Your small-group bike tour is the perfect chance to experience the daily rhythms and important attractions of one of the world’s most picturesque urban areas.

Start your bike excursion in the morning from Kyoto Station, where you’ll meet your guide and proceed to get your bike, helmet and brief safety instructions. Pedal off into the city by heading for the Kamo River, a route that affords excellent views of downtown, along with a collection of traditional restaurants that line the river banks.

Head next to Heian-Jingu Shrine, an important religious center known for its visually-striking red torii (sacred gate), where you’ll also have the chance to admire reconstructions of structures from Kyoto’s old palace complex.

Continue your cycle trip by riding along a network of charming canals, eventually reaching Nanzenji Temple, which embodies many of the typical stylistic details of classic Zen Buddhist religious structure. Take a few moments to explore the site’s collection of eye-catching small temples before proceeding on to the famous Path of Philosophy.

Arrive at the Path of Philosophy, a beautiful thoroughfare lined on both sides by hundreds of cherry trees. This iconic path was named by Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who used the walkway to practice meditation during his commute to nearby Kyoto University. After visiting the Path of Philosophy, return by bicycle to Kyoto Station where you ride concludes.

Please note that this tour covers about 9 miles (15 kilometers) by bicycle, and can be quite strenuous for travelers who are not used to cycling. This tour is recommended for guests who have at least a medium level of fitness ability.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kamo River
The main river in Kyoto city and popular for walking and cycling among locals and tourists. The famous Japanese performing art Kabuki was born on makeshift stages on its dry riverbed some 400 years ago. We will cycle alongside the river enjoying the fresh breeze
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Heian Jingu Shrine Shinen Garden
One of the most important places for locals as it was built to commemorate the commencement of imperial reign in Kyoto. Beautiful Cherry blossoms in spring. You will learn about Shintoism and its relationship with Japanese culture here.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nanzen-ji Temple
One of Kyoto’s most important temples with the massive temple gate which is one of the three greatest Sanmon gates in Japan. The temple grounds are filled with red and yellow leaves in Autumn which attracts many people. There is a unique contrast between the timber-constructed temple building and the brick-built aquaduct that passes through the temple grounds.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Philosopher's Walk
2 km long path that follows a canal, lined with cherry trees which bloom in late March. The tranquil nature of the path helps people to meditate while they are walking, and it is a great spot for cycling.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Please note: Shimogamo Shrine will no longer be visited on this tour.
  • Please note that this tour covers about 15 kilometres by bicycle, and can be quite strenuous for travellers who are not used to cycling. We recommend this tour for guests who have at least a medium level of fitness ability.
  • Maximum group size is 9
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Japan

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour.

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  • "Recommended for early in your stay in Kyoto so that you can get a feel for the city on a 15km cycling tour from Kyoto Station, along the river and on Philosopher's Path." See review
  • "The tour does involve some uphill biking so you will definitely feel it in your legs if you are out of practice." See review

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small group, but guide was zipping ahead constantly
argonaut9
, Nov 2019
Good view around parts of Kyoto we would not otherwise have visited (or spent a lot of time finding!) but our guide, Miyaki, was really powering around much too fast for us to appreciate the scenery, and I'm an in-shape 30 something who runs marathons. He would get so far ahead that the circumstances would change (by which I mean, the traffic light, or a line of schoolchildren would appear) and our group would have to navigate this by ourself. On one occasion we even lost him because he was so far ahead! So that was sort of persistently annoying. Otherwise it was a nice trip, just would have enjoyed it more with a different guide.
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Lovely guide
bettybud0ck
, Oct 2019
It was a lovely tour which took us around the quiet streets of Kyoto to visit temples and shrines. The bikes were well maintained. The route was very flat so easy cycling
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Fantastic
L596JOstephenh
, Aug 2019
We were taken to so many spots I just wouldn't have gone without this tour Guide was very knowledgeable and even followed up the tour with an email confirming everywhere we visited! Would recommend to anyone who visits Kyoto
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Binking in Kyoto
igParis
, Aug 2019
Interesting tour of a part of Kyoto. Good guide. Old bikes not very adaptable to the size of each person.
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A lovely evening
JacintaSih
, Jul 2019
Delightful evening tour, felt more like a local than a tourist walking through the cobbled streets of Kyoto - truly lovely guide Zen Horiuchi, his knowledge of Kyoto was weighted with great enthusiasm. He was incredibly generous with his time.
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star-5
Best way to see Kyoto!
Voyager54845345760
, Jun 2019
This was the best way to get an overview of Kyoto. It was nice to have an active tour that did not involve busses and walking. We rode our bikes across town and back along the river and to several shrines and temples. Our guide provided some background on the differences between Shinto and Buddhist practices which was helpful as we continued touring. The tour does involve some uphill biking so you will definitely feel it in your legs if you are out of practice. Overall not too difficult though.
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star-5
Great Tour!
Rick S
, Jun 2019
I love exploring new areas by bicycle, so this tour was the first thing I booked in Kyoto. It didn't disappoint! The tour guide, Leah, was excellent with her knowledge of the sights, the culture, and her willingness to share her views of life in Japan. Her English was also excellent. The tour covered ~20 km, and had great variety of sights, both natural, and historic. Highly recommended!
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Fun tour!
Scenic09144132835
, Jun 2019
Despite the rain (they provided ponchos) it was still a fun and interesting tour and we got a good look around Kyoto
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Didn't show up
Mobile62410956367
, May 2019
This group didn't show up. I was at the meeting point 20 minutes early. Never received a call or heard from them.
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star-5
Great guide, interesting sights, friendly group and lots of fun
ann s
, Oct 2018
Our guide Ryo was wonderful! Friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and had lots to tell us about the history, customs and local life of what we saw as well as stories from her own family life. We learnt a lot, had fun and enjoyed getting off our feet and being on a bike. This group size worked well too Highly recommend this trip!
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