Kyoto Day Tours and Trips

With a staggering number of ancient Buddhist temples, impeccable gardens and majestic palaces, Kyoto is Japan's most culturally rich city. Home to no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites and some 400 Shinto shrines dedicated to Japan's indigenous faith, Kyoto is home to the country's most important works of art and can keep visitors busy for days. It's also an evocative portrait of old Japan, unsurprising given the fact that Kyoto was the capital city for more than a thousand years. Traditional wooden houses line neatly paved streets where colourful geisha girls gently patter along whilst ancient specialty shops sell local delicacies much as they have done for centuries.

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Estimates have Kyoto as containing over 1,600 Buddhist temples, which creates a mind-boggling choice for first-time visitors. Top of any list should be the brilliant gold-leaf temple of Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto's famed 'Golden Pavilion'. Standing above water, its shimmering reflection creates a perfect mirror-image that transforms with the changing seasons. The magical Kurama-dera enjoys a scenic setting on a thickly wooded mountain with wonderful views across the valley whilst the grand Chion-in serves as Kyoto's most popular temple of pilgrimage.

For those that enjoy scenic walks Kyoto is bound to delight with the extremely photogenic bamboo grove of Arashiyama, an endless sea of thick bamboo stalks rising up to create a blanket of green across the sky. A man-made equivalent is the arcade of bright vermilion torii that lead to the temple complex of Fushimi Inari-Taisha. Surrounded by ancient trees the walkway is both eerie and mystical, a similarly unforgettable experience.

Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks

3 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $83.09

The true magic of Kyoto comes alive at the end of the day, when the to...

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 2 3...
FROM USD $42.07

Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, a...

Hidden Kyoto Bike Tour

3 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $84.14

This is a 7 kilometer bike ride that visits famous attractions as...

Samurai Performance in Kyoto

60 minutes
FROM USD $28.05

Kembu (sword performance), one of many Japanese traditional arts, the...

Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour

3 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $107.02

Visit two landmarks of Kyoto’s Inari district during this guided by...

Gion Walking Tour by Night

100 minutes
FROM USD $9.35

Gion is Kyoto’s most traditional district where the culture of the a...

Private Full Day Kyoto Streets Tour with a Photographer

9 hours
FROM USD $700.21

View the awe-inspiring sites of Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Temple, by the...

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

30 to 60 mins
FROM USD $30.29

Learn how to make your own shibori scarf in Japan during a 30- to art...

Small-Group Tea House Experience with a Maiko in Kyoto

2 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $1,125.00

While in Kyoto, enjoy this 2.5-hour cultural visit to an ochaya tea to...

Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch

3 hours
FROM USD $118.00

3-hour walking food tour in the world famous Nishiki Market with Visit...

Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

9 hours
FROM USD $123.40

Discover tranquil temples, Imperial palaces and ancient shrines on...

Samurai School in Kyoto

1-hour or 2-hours
FROM USD $65.44

Learn about the etiquette of samurai classes in feudal Japan and some...

Gion and Kamogawa Evening Food Tour in Kyoto

3 hours
FROM USD $160.00

Our Kyoto Night Food Tour through Gion and Shirakawa is a celebration...

Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto

10 hours
FROM USD $137.42

Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on this full-day tour...

Private Kyoto and Nara Tour with a Photographer

9 hours
FROM USD $746.95

The Tour begins at the incredible Fushimi Inari Shrine, then we will...

Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Religion in Japan

3 hours
FROM USD $89.00

Join a local scholar of religion on a 3-hour walking tour of Kyoto, a...

Todaiji Temple, Deer Park & Kasuga Shrine

5 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $69.18

Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as of...

Planning a longer visit to Japan?

Browse some of our popular multi-day trips that spend a day or more in Kyoto. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Kyoto on a bespoke touring itinerary to Japan, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.

Japan Day Tours and Excursions

Experience the best that Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima have to offer on our wide selection of day trips and excursions from watching Sumo practice, visiting Mt Fuji, walking tours of the best sites and lots more.

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