Your multi-day Urban Adventures Kyoto experience will begin upon your arrival at the bustling Kyoto train station, where your friendly local guide will be waiting to welcome you and whisk you directly to your new home for the next few days. Timings will be discussed prior to your arrival — please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your arrival time.
As we travel, your guide will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Kyoto. We will provide you with day passes for the extensive and extremely reliable bus network, and explain how to get yourself from A to B. We’ll also give you the most up-to-date recommendations for food and visitor attractions, as well as insider travel advice and the latest tips on how to get the most out of your stay Kyoto.
After you have checked in and had some time to freshen up, we will take you to join your first group tour: Lanes & Lanterns is a deliciously atmospheric introduction to Kyoto by night. As we stroll around the city at dusk we’ll discover the buzzing Yasaka Shrine and explore Kyoto’s legendary night districts, lit almost entirely by traditional Japanese lanterns. We will make several fun stops to visit our favourite local food joints, so there’s no need to worry about dinner afterwards — we have got you covered!
After a memorable and tasty introduction to Kyoto, we will return you to your ryokan to perhaps enjoy a traditional Japanese bathing experience. A ryokan is a classic Japanese guesthouse, offering a far more authentic stay than your average hotel. They typically feature tatami-matted rooms and communal baths, among other traditional features. Staying in a ryokan will give you a rich taste of Japanese tradition -- these inns have been a part of local culture since 700 CE! Although you'll be keen to explore your accommodation, we suggest you get some rest on your traditional (but comfy) futon so you'll be ready for an early start tomorrow.
The next morning, you’ll enjoy a Japanese-style breakfast before joining our Kyoto Cycling Tour for a leisurely 15-kilometre morning ride with your travel mates along the Kamo River, taking in magnificent views and passing a wealth of picture-perfect riverside restaurants. We’ll weave our way along quaint canals, stopping to admire the Nanzenji Temple and the Higashiyama Mountains before heading off down the gorgeously blossom-filled Path of Philosophy.
After a thrilling ride, we’ll return our bikes around noon. We recommend that you take a break to enjoy a well-earned lunch in the nearby Kyoto station area. We love the delicious ramen at Ramen Street on the 10th floor of the Kyoto station building.
After lunch, make your way to the meeting point just around the corner to join our City of Culture group tour. On this tour we’ll take in the city’s must-see sights, including the Tofukuji Temple and the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. Here we will walk through snaking corridors of red gates, made famous by the film Memoirs of Geisha. Back in Gion you will have the chance to run into a maiko or geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) as we stroll past 17th-century tea houses, old theatres and artisan craft stores.
At the end of your cultural journey through the city, your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction of a delicious Kyoto-style dinner and perhaps recommend where to buy the best traditional souvenirs in Gion (there are many).
Throughout your entire three days and two nights in Kyoto, our guides will be on-hand to answer any additional questions you may have.
We hope that you have the best time ever during your stay, living like a local in Kyoto!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, meet-and-greet service at Kyoto station, transport with guide from station to your accommodation, traditional Japanese accommodation including breakfast for 2 nights, food samplings (traditional Japanese snacks and drinks, some snacks on the night tour), entrance fees for major sights on the tour itineraries, public transport fees during the tours, 3 unlimited-ride Kyoto City Bus day passes, bicycle hire for bike tour.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: There is no special dress code. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes and dress modestly and use sufficient sun protection in summer. Ensure you bring appropriate clothing and shoes for a moderate bike ride.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 2 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Please email us to confirm the correct pick-up time at Kyoto Station at least 2 days prior to your arrival in Kyoto using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone us during business hours.
Additional Information: This is a multi-day tour of 3 days and 2 nights. Please notify us in advance of your arrival time at Kyoto Station on the first day. You can do so in the 'Additional information' box at checkout or by emailing us at email@example.com. Please ensure your arrival on the first day is before 5pm, so that we have sufficient time to join the first group activity.
Closure of sites: In the unlikely event that one of the sites is not open, we will visit a similar alternative, to be decided on by Urban Adventures.
Child Policy: Travellers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.