Kyoto: 3.5-Hour Small Group Cultural Walking Tour
- Experience the peacefulness of a Zen rock garden at the Tofukuji Temple
- Experience daily life in a local neighbourhood
- Walk through Kyoto’s infamous red tori gates and spot the fox statues at Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Discover the unique Geisha culture in the historical entertainment district Gion
On this Kyoto tour, you'll discover some of the magic of the city through cultural explorations and local experiences. First head to one of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional, yet modern, Zen garden, this is a great place to escape to a relaxed atmosphere in the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the Monks who continue to live and study here.
Next walk through a nice local residential neighborhood to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Home to a seemingly endless stretch of iconic red torii gates spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this shrine is a world unto itself. Walk through snaking corridors of red gates, made famous in the film "Memoirs of Geisha", stopping to admire the shrines and many fox statues. Major photo opportunity alert!
As the sun begins to set on the Toriis, leave behind the foxes and head to Gion, famously known as Kyoto’s Geisha district. This area was the model for Memoirs of Geisha, and it comes alive with people and lights in the evening. Stroll past the 17th-century traditional restaurants and teahouses, many of which are still exclusive establishments for Geisha entertainment, see the theaters and traditional shops, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter.
This iconic neighborhood makes for the ideal end to this Kyoto city tour, and is sure to leave you completely enthralled with this dynamic city.
- English-speaking guide
- Transportation fare
- Entry to Tofukiji
Prepare for the activity
Meet your guide in front of Central post office at the North side of Kyoto station. "Chu-o yu-bin-kyo-ku"(Central Post office) is less than a min walk from the station. Please meet in front of the door closer to the convenience store "Lawson"Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Comfortable shoes
• Please note that children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
• The maximum group size is 12