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Kyoto: 3.5-Hour Small Group Cultural Walking Tour

1. Kyoto: 3.5-Hour Small Group Cultural Walking Tour

Experience the temples, shrines and gardens that make Kyoto Japan’s capital of culture on this unique tour of the city. Founded as the national capital more than 1,200 years ago, Kyoto originally developed as a center of aristocratic culture, and is most famous for its Zen gardens and Geisha traditions. 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.

Kyoto Culture and Food Tour by Day and Night

2. Kyoto Culture and Food Tour by Day and Night

See the temples, shrines and gardens of Kyoto and learn about the city's 1,200-year history and geisha traditions. Start at the 13th-century Tofukuji Temple and learn about the inspiration for its garden. Walk to the Fushimi Inari Shrine to see the red torii gates spread across the mountain.  Head to the geisha district of Gion as the sun sets and stroll past traditional teahouses from the 17th century. Soak up the atmosphere of the historic quarter and get some free time to explore on your own. Then, experience Kyoto at night in a group. Wander the lantern-lit wooden streets to the Yasaka Shrine, brought to life with its bright lights. Sample typical dishes at the street food stalls selling everything from frozen bananas to skewered squid. Cross the Kamo River to get a view of the restaurant district before entering the historic entertainment district of Pontocho. Continue to the arcade strip of Teramachi and see merchants selling Manga comics, high-quality sushi knives and more. End at a typical tachinomiya (stand-up) bar in the Nishiki food market. 

Kyoto: Historic Higashiyama Walking Tour

3. Kyoto: Historic Higashiyama Walking Tour

The district of Higashiyama is full of Kyoto must-see locations. Higashiyama means East Mountain, and this tour takes place at the foothills of the mountain range that forms the Eastern border of central Kyoto.  Start off your tour at the Fushimi Inari Taisha, a Shinto shrine located in the Southern part of the Higashiyama mountain range. Pass through the mystical vermilion torii gates that snake up the mountainside. Beyond the gates, you find the Fushimi Inari Taisha which is about Shinto history and culture.  Take a short train ride from Fushimi Inari to Gion and listen to the stories your guide has to share about this colorful, much-storied playground of the geisha and beyond. Gion is a special place as it continues to be an active part of modern-day culture. This district is also known for its evening entertainment.  Stroll through the streets of Higashiyama and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Visit the Kodaiji temple and immerse yourself in the serenity of its gardens and bamboo grove. The temple complex dates back to the early 17th-century.  Take some snacks or souvenirs in the streets along Sannenzaka and walk you way up to Kiyomizu Temple. Once arrived you can enjoy a spectacular view of Kyoto. The temple is famous for its clear, pure water flowing from the mountains into the Otowa Waterfall. Take the opportunity to sample some of the pure water yourself. It is said that the 3 divided streams bring health, wealth, or happiness. Choose wisely as for greedy people none of the wishes will come true.  The tour ends at Kiyomizudera, where you are free to spend more time and discover the area at your own pace.

Kyoto: City Highlights Private Guided Tour

4. Kyoto: City Highlights Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the station in Kyoto to begin your tour of the city’s highlights. Ride the train and to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for its impressive rows of red gates. Continue to Tofukuji Temple to relax in its beautiful garden and stroll along a raised walkway at tree level. After this, head to Sanjusangen-do temple, known for its amazing collection of 1,001 golden Buddha statues. Hop back on the train and travel to Hanamikoji Street and the famous Gion area, your final stop on the tour. Wander through the streets and feel soak up the energy of this vibrant area.

Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Guided Tour

5. Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Guided Tour

Experience Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with a licensed tour guide. Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most popular places to visit in Kyoto and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will make you see that this shrine is so much more than a famous tunnels of red torii gates.  This shrine has countless stories to tell. Your guide will bring these all to life, and paint you an in-depth picture of Japan’s history and culture. Your guide will be certified by the Japanese government and will introduce you to a side of Japan that most tourists do not get to experience.

Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine After Dusk Photography Tour

6. Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine After Dusk Photography Tour

As darkness falls over the city of Kyoto, enter the vermillion gates of Shinto and venture deep into the forested mountainside. Enter a sacred garden brimming with mysteries and veiled in a ghostly atmosphere. But fear not — you will cast your artificial light into the darkness and illuminate the beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Reach the location after sunset, when all of the tourists have retreated to their hotels for the day. Hit the iconic ‘tunnel of torii gates’ as well as hidden sub-shrines peppering the mountainside. Climb a short way up the mountain into spooky and otherworldly parts of the shrine grounds. It is here that you will learn the secrets of light painting in this unique setting ripe with potential, using a variety of artificial lights to reveal the shrine’s details in the dark. Get coached on the best camera settings for light painting and on the subtle handling of light sources to create impressive images.

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What people are saying about Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Senbontorii

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 160 reviews

My partner and I really enjoyed this experience, the guide was personal and provided an experience we were interested in. If he didn't know the answer to a question he would research it and get back to us. Overall we found it lovely to learn about Kyoto and have someone take control for 8 hours (no more maps or wondering where to go next). For these reasons I would recommend the tour even if you've been to Kyoto before.

Since we booked this tour out of season, we were alone with our guide. So he was able to respond individually to all our questions, told us a lot about the story and took some photos of us. We liked it very much!

Traveling mid December has the advantage of fewer tourists and having the guide to yourself!

Great tour. Very efficient and the guide was thoughtful. Also, a good amount of exercise.

It was amazing. The tour guide was really good and knowledgeable.