Private tour

Kyoto: Guided Walking Tour with Nijo Castle & Yasaka Shrine

Activity provider: Cooking Sun

Kyoto: Guided Walking Tour with Nijo Castle & Yasaka Shrine

Activity provider: Cooking Sun

From US$ 190.57 per group up to 6

Visit the Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, Gion district, and Yasaka Shrine on this guided walking tour. Experience the history and street life of Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Explore Nijo Castle and its gardens with a knowledgeable guide
  • Taste authentic local foods at the Nishiki Market
  • Explore the backstreets of Gion, where geishas live and work
  • Finish the tour at the Yasaka Shrine
  • Travel in a small group of up to 8 people
Full description
Joining this small-group walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide will make your day in Kyoto a memorable one. The first stop is Nijo Castle, where you will hear about its history. Explore the main gate, inside the main building, and finally the massive garden and observatory. After Nijo Castle, take a short subway ride to Karasuma Oike station. From there, walk to a nearby local supermarket. See local fresh fruits, and visit a deli and bakery. If you did not eat breakfast, it is possible to take a short break here. Continue to Nishiki Market, located in Kyoto's downtown area. You will see a variety of foods such as seafood, deep-fried foods, Japanese pickles, Karaage, Takoyaki, Japanese spice, ice cream, green tea, egg roll, and more. Feel free to stop, taste, and buy food as you go. You will also have a chance to purchase Japanese knives, teacups, and plates.  After exploring the Nishiki Market, walk through Shin Kyogoku street, Sanjo street, and Kiyamachi street, to end up on the famous Ponto street. You will see a variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants. Feel free to make a stop and enjoy a coffee break or lunch. You will then head into the Gion neighborhood. See the Minamiza Kabuki theatre and walk the traditional Hanamikoji street. Your guide will also take you to some of the backstreets in Gion where many ochaya teahouses can be found. You will not meet any maiko or geisha in the daytime, but you may do so if you come back in the evening. Finally, end up at the Yasaka Shrine, located at the eastern end of the Gion district. Visit the main stage and learn what it was set up for, and touch the underground water, which is said to enhance the beauty of body and mind.
  • Services of a guide
  • Entrance fee to Nijo Castle
  • Subway ticket from Nijo Castle to Shijo
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking for more than 3 miles (5km)
Customer reviews

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Tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and very accommodating. Recommend taking this tour.

December 6, 2022

very enjoyable

January 3, 2023

Product ID: 393193