Kyoto Half-Day Cultural Tour: Experience The Temples, Shrines And Gardens

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    2:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Kyoto Central Post Office, 843-12 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8799, Japan
  • Return Details :
    Kyoto, Japan
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    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Savor the beauty and charm of Kyoto on this cultural walking tour. An ancient yet elegant city, Kyoto showcases all that is refined and unique about Japanese culture. Wander with your knowledgeable guide through Zen gardens, visit shrines and temples, and catch glimpses of geishas in their kimonos. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience.


Led by a local guide

Free snacks included

Small-group tour

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While traditional customs and lifestyle remain strong among locals, Kyoto is also a vibrant and modern city, where the old and the new co-exist in perfect harmony. You can soak up this culture on this small-group walking tour of Kyoto.

First, visit Tofukuji temple, one of the five great Zen temples of Kyoto and a rare example of surviving Zen architecture from the 13th century. Amble through the many gardens, both modern and traditional, of this working monastery.
Next, on the outskirts of the city, nestled in a wooded mountain, is the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Wander through the numerous bright red torii (sacred gates), made famous in the film Memoirs of a Geisha, and admire the many smaller shrines and fox statues.

End your tour with a trip to the fascinating Gion district and home of the geisha. As you stroll past the traditional restaurants and tea houses that have remained unchanged over the years, glimpse the geishas with their beautiful and intricate kimonos, and learn the secrets of this ancient traditional art.


Jon the Local English-speaking guide

Experience the peacefulness of a Zen rock garden at the Tofukuji Temple (Entrence Included)

Experience daily life in a local neighbourhood

Walk through Kyotos famous red tori gates and spot the fox statues at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Discover the unique Geisha culture in the historical entertainment district of Gion

Take transportation during the tour

Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay

Entry/Admission - Tfuku-ji Temple



Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

A moderate amount of walking is involved- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Small group tour, maximum group size is 12

Not wheelchair accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: On this tour you visit many places with cultural significance, including shrines, temples, Zen Gardens and the Geisha district, which helps protect and preserve the cultural heritage of Kyoto.

Included in the price of your tour is the entrance fee to Tofukiji, which helps maintain the site.

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour.

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Guides required to regularly wash hands

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Intrepid Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Councils Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

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  • 17-Jan-2021

    My tour guide Miyake was very informative on the history of Japan, and a very nice and friendly person. I would recommend this tour if you want a quick full view of the principal places of Kyoto

  • 27-Nov-2020

    I had a great experience with Miyake! He was knowledgeable, fun and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour and you will be very lucky if you get Miyake as your tour guide!

  • 29-Jul-2020

    Ko was our guide and he did a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all the information about the sites we were seeing. He was willing to answer all of our questions, even those not relating to the tour. He was able to provide recommendations not only for Kyoto but Osaka as well. He seemed to really enjoy what he was doing and that made the tour even better. Our first stop was Tofuku-ji Temple. We were delighted to have such great explanations of each part. A highlight was Fushimi-Inari. You definitely don't want to miss going here. Again we were appreciative of all the information given by Ko, He also gave us breaks and short free time for checking out shops, food, etc. We ended in the Gion District. We definitely would never had known so much about this area without our guide! Great tour and it was helpful that it is in the afternoon as we arrived late the night before. We would definitely recommend this.

  • 14-May-2020

    Our Flight Arrived to Japan late and we were still able to make the tour. We met up along the way and joined in. Our guide was great and very informative with what we were seeing. We loved getting to walk through the small areas and eat the food along the way.

  • 25-Mar-2020

    I enjoyed this tour, and I think you will too! Veronica, our guide, was perfect for this walking tour. There is a fair bit of walking, but she filled the time with historical and modern context for the various sights. Not only did she show us some awesome sights, she helped us appreciate them through her in depth knowledge. To top it all off, she was a fantastic photographer, helping my wife and me capture some great shots! The itinerary was solid and helped us “check off” some of the must do items in Kyoto. The guide made it a great experience. Thank you Veronica!

  • 14-Mar-2020

    Kyoto is a confusing place - what with all the temples and shrines, it is difficult to take it all in and understand what you are looking at. Which is why I really appreciated Miyake’s guiding light and thorough explanations of all that you are seeing. We went first to the Tofuku-Ji Temple and gardens and Miyake walked us through the history, purpose and significance of each building, all of which you don’t get from a few paragraphs in your guide book. Then off to Fushimi-Inari which is dazzling in its colors and wonderful people watching and smells from the food stands. We were fortunate to get some pictures of the torii gates with NO other people in the shots! We rounded off the afternoon with a walking tour of the Gion geisha neighborhood with its picturesque alleys, cafes and shops. Miyake was a wonderful guide who even shared some matcha cookies with us - what a treat! I highly recommend.

  • 01-Mar-2020

    Our guide Fumiko was wonderful and we highly recommend her she was very patient and happy to answering our endless questions about religion, culture and the significance of anything we saw on the tour ! Her answers were very informative and she even gave us suggestions of where to eat after the tour and it was delicious ! I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to understand more about the culture and spiritual beliefs of japan!

  • 26-Feb-2020

    Our tour guide Fumiko was very informative and nice. She took us to Toufukuji temple, Fushimi inari shrine, and the geisha district. A lot of history and information that I definitely would not have gotten by visiting on my own. It is a lot of walking, but at an easy pace. She provides the tickets for all the subway transfers. I would definitely recommend this tour while in Kyoto.

  • 18-Feb-2020

    This was our first trip to Kyoto and before coming, we did not know much of the history of the region. Our tour guide was Michael who was fabulous. He has the 3 Hs you want in a tour guide which is history, humor, and honesty. The small group makes it easier to ask questions and get a better understanding of what you are looking at. We are leaving Kyoto much more informed than we expected. Thanks again Michael for such a memorable cultural experience.

  • 06-Feb-2020

    We had a lovely afternoon with Masayo as our guide. She gave us a good insight to Japanese culture and history. Despite it being a very cold day it was a great tour and we’d recommend doing it.

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