Why I love Kyoto

I love Kyoto because it’s rich, deep and incredibly liveable. I’ve spent over 20 years in the city and I still make new discoveries every day. If I vary my daily walking route just a bit, I am bound to find something new: a secret temple, an interesting shop or a great place to eat. The city is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the hiking is excellent. It’s also one of the most bike-friendly cities on earth.... Read More

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$792.64 Small group tours

2-Day Hiroshima Tour from Kyoto Including Miyajima and Kurashiki

Visit top World Heritage sites in Miyajima, Hiroshima and Okayama on this 2-day guided from Kyoto. Marvel at the graceful red gate of Itsukushima Shrine, take in the UNESCO-listed Hiroshima Peace Memorial's Genbaku Dome and museum, stroll the historic streets of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and view Western artworks at the Ohara Museum of Art. Top it off with included public transport, one restaurant lunch, and accommodations at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima.

$1018.81 Small group tours

3-Day Tour from Kyoto to Tokyo: Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa

Edo-era architecture, samurai stories and houses shaped like praying hands — experience Japanese history and culture on this 3-day tour from Kyoto to three of Japan’s must-visit historical cities: Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa. With a professional guide, you'll explore traditional homes, UNESCO-listed folk villages and other impressive sites such as Kenroku-en Garden. Relax easy with prearranged transport to all locations, and enjoy your choice of standard or deluxe hotel accommodation in Takayama and Kanazawa. This is a one-way tour, ending in Tokyo.

$39.26 History & culture

Kyoto Small-Group Cultural Experience: Calligraphy or Origami Class

Try your hand at the Japanese arts with your choice of a calligraphy or origami class! Take a 1-hour lesson from an expert instructor inside a beautiful Kyoto-style townhouse, and experience traditional arts in the old capital of Japan. You’ll practice calligraphy techniques with a brush and ink or learn to fold patterned paper into a variety of shapes. If you’d like, upgrade your origami lesson to include an additional hour getting dressed in a traditional kimono! Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 7 people.

$196.90 Sightseeing tours

Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

Create your own sightseeing itinerary on a private, customized tour of Kyoto. You’re accompanied via public transport to a few of the cultural capital’s 2,000 temples, shrines and other renowned landmarks like Fushimi Inari Shrine. Choose from among 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Nijo Castle or Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) to explore with a professional guide. Select a half-day or full-day itinerary, tailored to your particular interests. Lunch at a local restaurant is included on the full-day tour.

$75.73 Food & drink

Bento Box Cooking Class

It’s hard to get more traditional than the Japanese bento box. In a way, it’s the perfect meal: it might include an egg roll, rice, pickled vegetables, breaded chicken and even nourishing miso soup, each in its own section of the bento box. The word is derived from an old Japanese word for convenience, and convenient this boxed meal certainly is. In this 3-hour cooking class in the center of Kyoto, learn the art of cooking up a bento box meal. Master chefs demonstrate and then turn the kitchen over to you. In the end, eat what you cook.

$75.73 Food & drink

Kappo Style Cooking Class

Japanese food is more than just sushi and teriyaki chicken. In fact, it’s a very diverse and delicious cuisine. Consider ‘kappo,’ a style of dining in which customers sit at a counter and order directly from the chef, who is cooking just feet away. Now you can learn how to cook traditional kappo dishes in Kyoto. This 3-hour class shows you how to make five or six Japanese dishes. And, best of all, when you pack up your knives and turn off the burners, you eat what you just cooked.