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  • From Kanazawa : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kyoto

    1. From Kanazawa : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kyoto

    Take the fast route to Kyoto from Kanazawa with a trip on the Thunderbird Express. Book a one-way ticket in advance and enjoy a hassle-free ride to the beautiful city of Kyoto. Simply redeem your ticket at JR Kanazawa Station, then enjoy the comfortable express train. Along the way, admire scenic views of the Fukui Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture countryside before you arrive at Japan's old capital city.

  • Kyoto: Fushimi Inari & Sanjusangen-do Half-Day Cycling Tour

    2. Kyoto: Fushimi Inari & Sanjusangen-do Half-Day Cycling Tour

    Ride alongside a local guide and enjoy a half-day tour to visit the impressive Fushimi Inari and Sanjusangen-do monuments in Kyoto, stopping at various popular photoshoot spots along the way. Meet your guide at Kyoto station, get settled into your bike, and begin your cycling exploration riding to Sanjusangen-do Temple, which is famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Japanese Buddhist goddess of mercy. Get off your bike and walk around this ancient structure with life-sized golden Buddha statues. Continue to the next stop which is Fushimi Inari Shrine and it's Senbon (Thousand) Torii Gate. This stop is one of the most picturesque square spots in Kyoto and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  After visiting the shrine, follow your guide as you explore the area and see other examples of traditional Japanese architecture.

  • Kyoto: 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

    3. Kyoto: 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

    Discover the highlights of Kyoto with a 1 or 2-day ticket for the convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Admire the panoramic views from on board the open-top double decker bus, and hop on or off at any of the stops along the route. Enjoy informative audio commentary on board the bus, available in 7 languages. Choose this efficient way of exploring the must-see places and attractions in Kyoto. The bus takes you past many of the city's top attractions, including UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji, and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. Buses run every 30 minutes, and you can enjoy unlimited rides for the duration of your ticket's validity.  Bus stops along the route:  • Kyoto Station • Karasuma Gojo • Shijo Karasuma / Nishiki-ichiba Market • Nijo-jo Castle • Nijo Station • Kitano-tenmangu Shrine / Kamishichiken • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) • Daitokuji Temple • Ky...

    Kyoto’s not too huge or traffic jammed for the busses get to the stops quickly without any trouble and they’ve chosen really great places.

  • Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

    4. Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

    Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Kyoto from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end of the tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own with all the information you need.

    Our guide Agustin was so helpful and friendly. He took us to a lovely temple that wasn't on the main tourist trail, which was a great opportunity to escape the crowds of Kyoto in the autumn colours season. Our walking tour included all the things that we'd expressed interest in when booking. After the tour, Agustin also kindly emailed me information that he had researched for us about a museum exhibition and antique shop because we'd explained that we were interested in Japanese netsuke. Thank you Agustin!

  • Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

    5. Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

    Explore the Kansai region, the spiritual heart of Japan which is home to some of the country's most interesting cities. Once you’ve picked up your pass, you’ll be able to ride the JR West railways and buses throughout the Kansai region down to Hiroshima.  Discover the vibrant city of Osaka and its amazing food scene. Visit the ancient temples and shrines of Kyoto. See Nara's natural beauty, try the beef in Kobe, visit Himeji castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or connect with nature in the forests and waterfalls of Wakayama. Walk the UNESCO Kumano Kodo in Kishi, admire the best dunes in Tottori, relax in the Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring, or take amazing photos in the top Japanese garden of Okayama's Korakuen.  Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima by ferry. Take the road-less traveled and use the JR West bus network to see cities such as ...

  • Kyoto: Kyoto Station Walking Tour

    6. Kyoto: Kyoto Station Walking Tour

    Even though you will pass by the Kyoto station when visiting Kyoto, you may not realise what is around it. Kyoto city is full of history even around the modern station. This tour will take you to the historical spots nearby as well as modern architecture and cultural spots around the station on foot. This private tour also shows you the charm of Kyoto Station. Packed with sweets stores, ramen, and an observatory deck, you could spend a whole day here. Kyoto station is famous for its modern, trendy architecture, so you can feel both the historic and modern in a day. The first stop is Higashihongan-ji temple which was awarded a one-star on Michelin Green Guide for the world's largest wooden temple. Take some time to relax here. There are interesting spots to see, such as "Kezuna," made from one's hair used during the construction. The next stop is Nishihongan-ji temple which is a world h...

  • From Kyoto : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kanazawa

    7. From Kyoto : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kanazawa

    Take the fast route to Kanazawa from Kyoto Station with a trip on the Thunderbird Express. Book a one-way ticket in advance and enjoy a hassle-free ride to the well-preserved Edo-era district. Simply redeem your ticket at JR Kyoto Station, then enjoy the comfortable express train. Along the way, admire scenic views of the Kyoto countryside before you arrive at the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture.

  • Kyoto: 5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour in the Gion Area

    8. Kyoto: 5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour in the Gion Area

    Meet your guide at the JR Kyoto station and get on the bus to start the tour. Arrive in the Gion area and walk along the Ajikiroji path with its traditional Japanese houses that have been there for more than 100 years and is now a popular area with artists. Head to Miyagawa-cho Street, a traditional entertainment district where Geishas and Maikos work. Enjoy traditional Japanese townhouses and stone walls and learn about this area from your guide. Visit Kennin-ji Temple, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. The temple is famous for its dragon painted on the ceiling, its peaceful garden, and paintings on its sliding screens. Next, head to Hanamikoji street, located in the middle of the district of Gion. During this tour, the guide will share their highly recommended local spots for sweets and restaurants along the way, so you can visit after the tour. The final path of the tour is Shirakawa-...

  • Kyoto: Ohara Private Tour

    9. Kyoto: Ohara Private Tour

    Meet your friendly guide and journey to Ohara by bus. On your way, listen to fascinating stories about your destination. First, visit Sanzen-in Temple which is famous for its many flowers such as cherry blossoms, hydrangea, and autumn leaves. Then, move on to the Hosen-in Temple with its 700-year-old Japanese white pine. Observe the garden through an imaginary picture frame. After, explore Jakko-in Temple located deep in the mountains. Marvel at the many beautiful plants of the mountains and in the garden around the temple. Visit a pottery shop and design your own plate. You can also enjoy a relaxing foot bath here. For dinner or lunch, try some of the amazing vegetables Ohara is also famous for (not included). Your guide will provide you with the best recommendations on where to eat.

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What people are saying about Kyoto Station

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 757 reviews

There is no way you can see everything in one day if that's what you're thinking! Plan ahead what you want to see so you're not disappointed. Also dress appropriately as only open seats are available.

Very convenient to book and the tour made it easy to go to Kyoto tourist spots. Highly recommended specially for first time travellers to Kyoto

Kyoto’s not too huge or traffic jammed for the busses get to the stops quickly without any trouble and they’ve chosen really great places.

This is a great option if Like us you have limited time in Kyoto. We managed to see many sights and really enjoyed our experience.

Kokoro was great, very helpful and knowledgeable. We covered a lot of ground.