Kyoto Cycling Tour

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4.5 Based on 8 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Bicycle tour
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 3.5 hours
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 12+ yrs
  • max group size 9
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kyoto, Japan
  • Ends Kyoto, Japan
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cycle along the ancient canals of Kyoto
  • Learn about the city’s history at HeianJingu Shrine
  • Stroll through the expansive grounds at Nanzenji Temple
  • Discover the meaning of tranquillity along the famous Path of Philosophy
The Kyoto Cycling Tour tour starts and ends in Kyoto. The Kyoto Cycling Tour is a bicycle tour that takes 3.5 hours.

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. 
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Mr. Philip C.
  • On Aug 21 2016
5 - Excellent
Excellent
“Lulu, our guide for the trip, did a great job showing us around Kyoto. The bikes were well maintained and the course was very enjoyable. We would have missed out on a lot of interesting facts and places had we tried to visit these locations on our own. After the tour she showed us a great ramen restaurant and gave us some advise for our plans after the tour.”
  • Ms. Carola E.
  • On Jul 04 2016
5 - Excellent
Excellent
“A great day for all ages and cycling abilities”
  • Mr. Peter T.
  • On Jun 23 2016
4.5 - Excellent
Excellent
“Enjoyable tour with friendly knowledgable guide.”
  • Mr. David W.
  • On Jun 16 2016
4 - Very Good
Very Good
“Bikes were all-maintained and the guide was on time. I would have liked to have received q bit more information about the few sites we saw.”
ITINERARY

Discover the real Kyoto while cruising the streets of Japan’s cultural capital on this half-day Kyoto bike tour. With a history spanning over 1,200 years, the city streets have a lot to say, so make like the locals and jump on a bike to discover it all.

Start the day cycling along the Kamo River, taking in the views of the city’s downtown and passing the wealth of traditional riverside restaurants. Call by the Heian-Jingu Shrine, built in 1894 to commemorate the 1,100 anniversary of the foundation of the capital.

Next, weave your way along quaint canals to reach the impressive Nanzenji Temple. Admire the temple’s spacious grounds with a surprising feature: a scenic aqueduct,  with the Higashiyama Mountains as their backdrop. This is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan, so soak up the surrounds before jumping back on your bike and heading off down the Path of Philosophy.

Arguably the most popular walking path in Kyoto, the Path of Philosophy is shaded by hundreds of cherry trees that erupt into bloom every April. It's a spectacular sight to see then, but it's rather beautiful the rest of the year as well. It's a great place to contemplate the tranquillity and beauty of the area, just like Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, did when he named this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.

Cycle back towards Kyoto Station, along a beautiful canal with old teahouses and traditional bathhouses among the cherry trees and traditional narrow backroads. We'll end this Kyoto city tour back at the city's buzzing station.

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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Guide
  • Local English-speaking guide
Others
  • Bicycle and helmet rental.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Food and drinks
  • items of a personal nature
  • tips/gratuities for your guide.
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CANCELLATION

Cancellation for this Kyoto Cycling Tour tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.

Payment

For any tour departures within 25 June 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 June 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Kyoto Cycling Tour tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Kyoto Cycling Tour tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

In front of Kyoto Tourist Information Center on 2nd floor of Kyoto Station next to Isetan Department Store. In Japanese: “Kyoto-kan-koo-annai-jo”. Address: 600-8216 2nd Floor Kyoto Station, Karasuma, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City , Kyoto Prefecture

Meeting end point :

Kyoto Station.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
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