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Kyoto - Morning Private Cycling Tour Including Bicycle and Helmet rental

  • Travel light—bicycle and helmet rental included

  • Enjoy a private cycling tour of Kyoto so you can go at your own pace

  • Pedal past lots of Kyoto highlights such as Nanzenji Temple

Kyoto - Morning Private Cycling Tour Including Bicycle and Helmet rental
From US$119.06
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Kyoto - Morning Private Cycling Tour Including Bicycle and Helmet rental
From US$119.06

This private cycling tour of Kyoto is a wonderful way to spend time outdoors and see many of Kyoto’s beautiful sites in one day. Bicycle and helmet hire is included, and you’ll have a guide to accompany you, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour. See shrines, temples, and mountains as you ride down the Path of Philosophy. You won’t have to navigate, as your guide will lead the way, so you can concentrate on the stunning views.

What to Expect

Discover the real Kyoto while cruising the streets of Japan’s cultural capital on this half-day private 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 with your own personal guide 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 private 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.

Reviews (12)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 5 October 2018
Amazing way to explore Kyoto!

We had an amazing time seeing and learning about Kyoto on this bike tour! We covered so much ground and got to explore neighborhoods and back roads we never would have found on our own, in addition to learning so much about the shrines, temples...More

Thank lillim617
Reviewed 25 September 2018
Very interesting easy going cycling tour.

Although starting in the rain our guide immediately make us forget it. Yuta our wonderful guide told lots of amazing things during the tour. He even bought us tea and sweets and made sure everybody had a wonderful time. Thanks a lot Yuta for a...More

Thank hseegers1
Reviewed 14 September 2018
Great Bike Tour of Kyoto - Even in the rain !!

I'd definitely recommend this bike tour, nice balance of cycling through interesting areas and stopping at the normal Temple and Shrine circuit. Sean was an excellent guide half Japanese, having lived most of his life in England apart from the last 10 years in Kyoto,...More

Thank rossf996
Reviewed 27 August 2018
Fun, Informative, great way to see a small part of the City

Yuta was excellent, very knowledgeable, easy to understand and great variety of Kyoto sights. The cycling tour was an excellent way to see the city, we stayed off the main roads and went along the river bank and mostly back streets. We loved hearing the...More

Thank Jan R
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile
Great bike trip!

We had a fantastic time riding with Miyake. He took us along the river in Kyoto. He gave us a lot of history of the area too! We would have never found these areas without a guide. Thanks for a wonderful morning!

Thank Sharon445
KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hello, Thank you very much for your time reviewing us and Miyake and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time with him. Come back to Japan soon to enjoy it even more! Kind regards from everyone @ Venture

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