Sightseeing, Tours and Activities

Kyoto Enchanted Time with Maiko: VIP Tour

Spend a precious time with maiko, a piece of Japanese art in Kyoto. Experience an authentic Japanese culture in front of you at a traditional restaurant, enjoy the mesmerizing dance, ozashiki games and photo shooting opportunity. Learn about Japan's rich...More

Cultural & Theme Tours
Private Authentic Japanese Cooking Lesson and Meal in a Kyoto Home

Join your host, Keiko, for a private cooking lesson and lunch in her Kyoto home. In this hands-on lesson you will learn to prepare dishes that are unique to Kyoto. Keiko specializes in Obanzai cuisine, a method of cooking distinct...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
Overnight Stay at the Hirashin Ryokan in Kyoto Including Onsen

Enjoy a Japanese onsen experience in Kyoto with a one-night stay at a traditional-style inn known as a ryokan. This serene stay is all about relaxing, as you can soak your travel-weary muscles in the hot waters of the on-site...More

Multi-day & Extended Tours
Viator VIP: Special Access to To-ji Temple with Resident Monk

Visiting temples is a must in Kyoto, but very few people get to join a resident monk for an insider’s perspective. On this Viator VIP tour limited to just eight people, you'll be allowed inside restricted areas of To-ji Temple...More

Viator VIP & Exclusive 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...More

Multi-day & Extended Tours
Maiko Performance and Dinner Overlooking Kiyotaki River

In the summer, Kyoto locals escape the city heat for a relaxing dinner show at the Takao Momijiya restaurant on the Kiyotaki River. Join them on the restaurant's elevated outdoor terrace, known as a 'kawadoko,' and watch maiko (similar to...More

Shows, Concerts & Sports
Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in the morning and visit UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle and the gold-covered...More

Tours & Sightseeing
Miho Museum Admission with Private Transport from Kyoto

Travel by private vehicle from Kyoto to the Miho Museum, where you'll find hundreds of exquisite art pieces from the world's civilizations on display. The building itself is a work of art: Designed by world-renowned architect I. M. Pei, it...More

Sightseeing Tickets & Passes
Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto

Follow an expert guide on foot to principal landmarks in Osaka during a full-day walking tour, departing from Kyoto. Visit Shogun exhibits at Osaka Castle and look as far as the eye can see from the Umeda Sky Building's Floating...More

Day Trips & Excursions
Samurai School: Samurai for a Day

Learn about the etiquette of samurai classes in feudal Japan and practice some basic Kembu, including how to use the Japanese sword. You can choose a 1-hour session for an introduction to the basics, or upgrade for a 2-hour session...More

Cultural & Theme Tours
Kyoto Afternoon Tour: Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple

Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Kyoto on an afternoon guided tour through the former capitol's vibrant shrines and temples. Admire the alluring green and red Heian Shrine. Stroll Sanjusangendo Hall with its 1,001 Kannon statues and the...More

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Small-Group Nishiki Market: The Heart of Kyoto Cuisine

Sample Kyoto's best flavors on this 3-hour tour of Nishiki Market. This market boasts some of Kyoto's best food purveyors as well as specialty Japanese cookware shops. You'll cruise the market with an English-speaking food expert, who will illuminate some...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
Kobe Walking Tour Including Sake Tasting at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum from Kyoto

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing and a sake-tasting session in the port city of Kobe, with round-trip public transport by rail from Kyoto. Stroll through Kobe's Kitano district past dozens of historical 'Ijinkan' (foreign residences) and, after a buffet...More

Day Trips & Excursions
Scholar-led Private Nishiki Market Walking Tour

Taste your way through Kyoto's famed Nishiki Market, the heart of Kyoto cuisine, on this private 3-hour tour. Nishiki Market is home to some of Kyoto's top food purveyors and cookware shops. You'll meander the market with an English-speaking food...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
Gion Walking Tour in Traditional Kimono

Walk around Kyoto’s historic geisha district, Gion, in a kimono during this 4-hour experience. Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s traditional culture. Meet your professional stylist and choose from a vast array of kimonos and accessories — your stylist will even create...More

Walking & Biking Tours
Samurai Performance in Kyoto

Kembu (sword performance), one of many Japanese traditional arts, demonstrates the culture of the samurai, a warrior class that ruled Japan for 700 years. Kembu masters who work to keep the spirit of samurai culture alive perform this 1-hour stage...More

Shows, Concerts & Sports
Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour With Yakatabune Lunch Cruise

Find yourself surrounded by scenic landscapes on this 5-hour walking tour and river cruise in Arashiyama, a top destination in Kyoto. After a ride on the JR (Japan Rail), start your morning stroll with an informative guide around the garden...More

Walking & Biking Tours
Uji Walking Tour with Tea Ceremony from Kyoto

Explore the historic city of Uji on this walking tour from Kyoto. Your informative guide will give you an introduction to this city known for its tea and to Japanese culture, by guiding you through the city's scenic neighborhoods, riverfront...More

Day Trips & Excursions
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Kyoto

Visit Hiroshima's most important historic sites on this 12-hour tour from Kyoto. After taking the bullet train from Kyoto Station, enjoy a boat ride to Miyajima. Your informative guide will show you to a great viewing spot for the majestic...More

Day Trips & Excursions
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...More

Multi-day & Extended Tours
Himeji Castle, Koko-en Garden and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto

Embark on a full-day walking tour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Himeji Castle. You'll take public transportation from Kyoto to Hyogo with a guide to the Japanese national treasure for an informative stroll around the grounds. Afterward, you...More

Day Trips & Excursions
Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s...More

Private & Custom Tours
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...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
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...More

Private & Custom Tours
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...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
Maiko Performance with Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto

Witness the beauty and elegance of the lovely ‘maiko’ (apprentice geishas, or ‘geiko’) at Gion Hatanaka during an exquisite 2-hour evening of culture, entertainment and delicious food. Enjoy unlimited drinks with specialty, Kyoto-style ‘kaiseki’ cuisine, which incorporates traditional cooking methods...More

Shows, Concerts & Sports
Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

Discover tranquil temples, Imperial palaces and ancient shrines on this 9-hour full-day Kyoto sightseeing tour. Explore top city attractions such as Nijo Castle and the ornate gardens of Kinkakuji Temple. Visit the Kiyomizu Temple and the Kyoto Imperial Palace, once...More

Tours & Sightseeing
Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace including Lunch

Enjoy the sights of Kyoto on this morning tour. Visit Nijo Castle, marvel at the gold covered Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion, walk through Kyoto Imperial Palace - The emperor's residence until 1868 and enjoy buffet lunch at the Kyoto...More

Tours & Sightseeing
Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour

Stroll through dense bamboo groves to hidden mountain temples and discover centuries of Japanese heritage on this 4-hour Arashiyama and Sagano walking tour. Explore the natural wilderness of the Sagano bamboo grove with your guide. Visit the ancient Tenryu-ji Temple...More

Walking & Biking Tours
Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on this full-day tour from Kyoto. In the morning, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji, as well as Kyoto Imperial Palace. Then travel to Nara to visit World Heritage–listed...More

Day Trips & Excursions
Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll visit the...More

Day Trips & Excursions
Private Sushi and Tempura Cooking Class at a Local Kyoto Home

Perfect the art of home cooking in Kyoto with this private tempura and sushi-making class! you'll be picked up from your hotel by a friendly guide who accompanies you by taxi to a local Japanese home (modern or traditional style),...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Nakasendo Trail with Lodging and Transport

Hike a section of the Nakasendo Trail on a 3- or 4-day self-guided tour from Tokyo or Kyoto that includes all rail transport. A series of forested trails and paved village paths linking the two cities comprise the Nakasendo, a...More

Multi-day & Extended Tours
Kyoto Sushi-Making Class

Learn the culinary art of rolling sushi in a sushi-making class and enjoy your creations for dinner. Your 1.5-hour lesson takes place in a traditional Kyoto townhouse with a professional instructor, who will teach you to make 'makizushi' (rolled sushi...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Including Lodging and Transport

Visit mountaintop villages, soothing hot springs and Japanese temples along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kumano Kodo during this 3- or 4-day self-guided tour. Part of a series of old pilgrimage roads, the strenuous but well-maintained route originally connected the former...More

Multi-day & Extended Tours
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...More

Cultural & Theme Tours
Japanese Taiko Drum Lesson in Kyoto

Searching for something really fun to do in Kyoto? Take a taiko (traditional drum) class! An expert instructor teaches you the basics, including how to use your drumsticks with proper form. By the end of your lesson you'll be able...More

Cultural & Theme Tours
Kyoto Cooking Class

Discover Kyoto's rich culinary heritage during a cooking class in the former imperial capital. Your 1.5-hour lesson takes place in a 'machiya,' a traditional wooden townhouse, which offers an authentic atmosphere for you to learn from a local instructor. Choose...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan

If you want to possess a deeper understanding of Shintoism and Buddhism, the religions of Japan, this private 3-hour walking tour of Kyoto is the perfect introduction. A local scholar will guide your private party through the streets of Gion...More

Cultural & Theme Tours
Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape

This 3-hour private walking tour of Kyoto's beautiful Japanese gardens takes you to several Zen Buddhist temples with a local scholar. Admire Mirror Pond at Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), Karesansui Garden at Ryoan-ji and the intricate rock and water landscapes...More

Walking & Biking Tours
Kyoto Small-Group Tour: Introduction to Japanese Culture

Learn about the art of the tea ceremony, the correct way to wear a kimono, and the architecture of old Kyoto during this introduction to Japanese culture. You'll enjoy the atmosphere of an old-style Kyoto shophouse for your tea ceremony,...More

Cultural & Theme Tours
Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting

Visit a traditional or modern sake brewery for a 1-hour tour and sake tasting in Kyoto, and you'll be steeped in the history of Japan's most famous drink. At the Horino Memorial Museum, learn how sake was once made, or...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
Scholar-led Small-Group Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape

Garden and landscape design is an art form that has shaped Japanese aesthetics for centuries. On this 3-hour scholar-led walking tour of Kyoto, you'll see a wide variety of Japanese garden styles, from the intricate miniature landscapes of emperors to...More

Walking & Biking Tours
Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan

Join a local scholar of religion on a 3-hour walking tour of Kyoto, exploring Shinto and Buddhist landmarks. Visit Yasaka Shrine, Kennin-ji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.you'll learn about the synchronicity of religions and spirituality that...More

Cultural & Theme Tours
Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and learn the sophisticated philosophy behind serving a bowl of tea. you'll have three options for this experience: a 1-hour tea ceremony in a machiya (traditional wooden building); a 2-hour tea ceremony and kimono-wearing lesson;...More

Cultural & Theme Tours
The Art of the Geisha: Private Dinner in Kyoto

Spend an incredible evening dining in Kyoto at an exclusive private restaurant accompanied by a geisha. The highly skilled performer typically entertains guests at invitation-only locations. you'll also walk through the Gion district of Kyoto to learn how Kyoto has...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour

Taste the culture of Japan with a sake-tasting tour at Inari, home to some of the best sakes in Japan. Visit a sake brewery to learn the history of sake production and sample the local drop. Enjoy a tasting at...More

Food, Wine & Nightlife
Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

Savor the beauty and charm of Kyoto on this cultural walking tour. An ancient yet elegant city, Kyoto showcases all that is refined and unique about Japanese culture. Wander with your knowledgeable guide through Zen gardens, visit shrines and temples,...More

Walking & Biking Tours
Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Grab your bike and get set to explore Kyoto from the ground up. On this small-group bike tour, you'll unearth the real Kyoto while cycling the narrow lanes and charming back streets of this former imperial city.More

Walking & Biking Tours
Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour

Take a guided walk through Nishiki food markets and enjoy a Japanese cooking class on this small-group walking tour from Kyoto. You'll explore the back streets of Kyoto with their many interesting shops, and learn how to make Japanese home-cooked...More

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