Kyoto Cycling Tour

Your own private Kyoto full day cycling tour to suit all ages and fitness visiting major sites in Kyoto, includes lunch.

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Geometry of this city makes it an ideal place to do a cycling tour. As most of the traditional areas are not accessible by cars or coaches, cycling tour allows you to explore the real life of everyday Kyoto.

It is a private tour which is organized by independent application, so you can enjoy your own private tour with your partner, family members or friends.
Of course  our tour guide will pay attention to your pace and support your safety ride. From children to elderly, everybody can enjoy cycling tour!

Keep Kyoto green and try a new way of touring.

 

What our clients have said:
 

“The cycling day tour in Kyoto was a highlight of the holiday and I would recommend it to anyone – thank you for suggesting it. Our guide was absolutely wonderful. Kyoto and its temples and palaces were very beautiful.” Sue from Outdoor Travel

“Our Kyoto cycle tour and Geisha event worked very well for us, and you did a good job syncing Chris and Deb into our tour arrangements.We would be happy to recommend the cycle tour to anyone and our guides were excellent through the whole day.’ ” Jeff (Yvette from Outdoor Travel)

 

“Our cycling tour guide Yoko was excellent. It was a big day, but it was such a unique experience to cycle through the streets of Kyoto and even through a paddy field!” Ingrid and Craig

 


Highlights
  • See the real Kyoto
  • Wonder around the small quiet shopping streets
  • See the major tourists sights at the same time
  • Private tour just for you

 

Tour inclusions

  • English speaking guide
  • Bicycle rental fee
  • Lunch
  • Choice of East or West course
  • Entrance fee to temples visited
  • Accident insurance

 

For latest prices, please contact Experience Japan

Looking at doing other itineraries? We can do an order made cycling tour for you. Price will depend on the places visited but will not be too much different from the ready-made tours. For more information please enquire with Experience Japan team!

 

Itinerary

Meet at Kyoto cycling terminal (5 min walking distance from Kyoto Station)Map of how to get there will be provided to you before departure

Toji Temple
Constructed as Toji Temple (literally, “East Temple”) to protect the nation at the time of the establishment of Heian-kyo, this temple was converted by Kukai into a seminary of the Shingon sect (Esoteric Buddhism). In addition to the temple, which dates back to the Heian Period, Kyo-o-gokokuji Temple contains buildings dating from the 14th to 17th centuries. The Lecture Hall (Kodo) houses the oldest extant Esoteric Buddhist statues in Japan. The five-tiered pagoda, a National Treasure, rises above the landscape as a symbol of Kyoto. With a height of 57 meters, it is the tallest pagoda in Japan.

 

Nishi Honganji Temple
Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple is designed to impress. The finest example of Momoyama-era(1568-1598) architecture in Kyoto, the temple features large buildings, elaborate gates with gold trim, gilded altars, painted statues, and a host of other items deemed National Treasures, including the oldest Noh stage in Japan. Nishi-Hongan-ji is the headquarters of the Jodo-Shin sect of Buddhism, which has the largest number of adherents of any sect in Japan. To spend some time on the wide tatami mat before the altar in the main hall and to bask in the splendor of the decoration, is to feel the power of this influential spiritual movement. The temple was founded in 1272 by the daughter of Shinran, the sect’s founder. Shinran’s teachings were simpler than the doctrines of other Buddhist schools and became very popular with the poor. His influence grew rapidly, and in time the ruling shoguns began to fear the temple’s influence. Thus the sect was divided into two schools, with a rival temple, Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, being established close by. As evidenced by its stunning decorations however, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple has continued to prosper.

 

Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle was constructed in 1603 as the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ninomaru Palace (a National Treasure), built in the shoin-zukuri (library-style) of samurai of the Momoyama Period, contains gorgeous paintings on the walls and sliding doors. It was here that the last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, restored the emperor to his ancient seat of power in 1867. Located at the site of the former Honmaru Palace, destroyed by fire in the 18th century, is the actual Honmaru Palace (an Important Cultural Property), which was moved from the former Katsura-no-Miya Palace of the Imperial Palace, preserving the dignity of the original detached palace.

 

Lunch time

 

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Rokuon – ji Temple was originally built as a villa by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who had taken possession of a mountain villa of Saionji Temple in 1397. It was converted into a temple after Yoshimitsu’s death. Officially named Rokuonji Temple, this temple is famous both in Japan and abroad as a symbol of Kitayama culture. The Kinkaku, or “Golden Pavilion,” was built as the Shariden. Covered with gold, the image of the pavilion, which stands at the edge of Kyokochi pond, is reflected in the water. Major repair work performed in 1987 has further enhanced its brilliance.

Ginkakuji Temple

Built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa as a mountain villa in 1482, Jishoji Temple was later converted into a temple. Officially named Jisho – ji Temple, this temple is a great example of Higashiyama culture. The Ginkaku, or “Silver Pavilion,” with its simple, noble design, is a National Treasure. It is also known as Kannon-dono (Kannon Palace). Togudo (Buddha Hall), also a National Treasure, is a relic of early shoin-zukuri, or library style. In the garden (designated as a special place of scenic beauty) are the so-called “Sea of Silver Sand” and the “Moon Platform,” from which the light of the moon is said to reflect and shine on the Silver Pavilion.

 

Rest at Philosophers Walk

The Philosopher’s Walk is a pleasant stroll path that runs alongside a canal in the shadow of the eastern mountains between Ginkaku-ji Temple (the Silver Pavilion) and the Nyakuoji Bridge. It passes very close to Anraku-ji Temple and Honen-in Temple, two quiet and picturesque temples that are less visited than Ginkaku-ji Temple. The Walk is renowned across Japan for its beautiful spring cherry blossoms, which overhang the path like a canopy. The path was a favorite place for several well-known figures, including the famous philosopher Nishida Kitaro.

 

Free time at Kiyomizu Temple

Established in 778, this temple has continuously attracted worshippers from among the populace since the Heian Period as “Kiyomizu-Kannon.” The temple contains buildings from the 15th to 17th centuries, including Jishu – jinja Shrine. The Main Hall (Hondo), built in the “stage” style, is noted for its beautiful background scenery which changes with the four seasons – including the cherry blossoms and greenery of spring, and the leaves of autumn. Built atop a precipice, the main hall, which is a National Treasure, is famous as the “Kiyomizu Stage” – affording a magnificent view of the city below. The temple precincts contain fifteen buildings designated as Important Cultural Properties, including the inner Temple (Okunoin), Amida Buddha Hall (Amidado), and the three-tiered pagoda.

Ryoanji Temple

This Zen temple was built in 1450 by Hosokawa Katsumoto, who had taken possession of a villa of Tokudaiji Temple. The karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden (designated as a special place of scenic beauty), which lies on the south side of the Hojo (quarters of the chief priest), is famous as “Tora-no-ko Watashi.” The white sand rectangular garden, surrounded on three sides by an oil earthen wall, measures 25 meters east and west and more than 10 meters north and south. The garden comprises fifteen rocks in five groupings. The name of the artist who created the garden is unknown, though a number of theories exist as to his intent. The garden is famous an expression of symbolism, which reproduces nature.

 

Rest at Hirosawa Pond

This pond was constructed in the Heian period, as part of a temple garden built by the grandson of Emperor Uta. The temple was abandoned but the pond survived. This pond has been widely adored, and featured in many Japanese poems.

 

Free time in Arashiyama

The Arashiyama area is special among areas of Kyoto for its brilliant colours during the changing of the seasons, reflecting in its rivers and ponds – spectacles which tourists from faraway places never tire of. The gardens here, with their variety of seasonal flowers, have been created to complement the many temples and shrines which have graced this area since olden times. This leading tourist spot in Kyoto features such destinations as the Togetsu Bridge and Ryoanji Temple.

 

Return to Kyoto cycling terminal

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Booking this tour on its own will incur a booking fee of $50 per person
  • Booking for this tour must be made at least 7 days prior to departure and is subject to availability
  • A non-refundable deposit is required within 7 days of booking
  • Full payment is required 45 days prior to travel
  • Depending on weather conditions, it may be substituted with walking tour. If the weather is not suitable for walking tour, tour will be cancelled or moved to another day depending on your schedule
  • Please make sure you are able to ride a bicycle prior to participating as cycling lesson is not included. High level is not required, as tour guide will pace the tour depending on your ability.
  • Credit card fees apply
  • Cancellation fees apply