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What to Do in Kyoto
Filled with temples and history, Kyoto is one of Japan's top destinations for visitors! Check out the wealth of tours, hidden gems or fun activities you can enjoy to make your stay memorable. We have searched the city to find the top maiko and geisha experiences, private tours and cool classes, for everything from traditional crafts to cooking yummy local dishes. Let us help make your visit to Kyoto unforgettable!
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  1. Dive deeply into the richness of both Kyoto and Nara as you visit temples, shrines, and even the Imperial Palace. Treat yourself to a day in the majestic splendor of these ancient places.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD132.85

    Daily
    10 - 11.5 hour(s) (morning)
  2. Led by a genuine ninja who trained in Iga, the homeland of ninjas. Learn the tricks and stealthy moves of these iconic spies. Participants will receive a Ninja License after the course!
    English Available

    From USD36.15

    Group Discount
    Daily
    1.5 - 2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. Watch a maiko perform traditional dance as you enjoy a sumptuous kaiseki Kyoto dinner. Set against the backdrop of Higashiyama, a photography session with the maiko will make for amazing memories.
    Meal Provided
    Special

    From USD68.69

    Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
    4 hour(s) (evening)
  4. Conveniently located a minute away from the Kinkakuji temple, enjoy a special tea ceremony at Koto. Ceremonies in English are also available for a memorable time in Japan.
    English Available

    From USD24.40

    Group Discount
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (afternoon)
  5. Our store concept is "a place to connect with owls". Just a short walk from Shijo Karasuma Station in central Kyoto, you can meet many different types of owls and take pictures with them!

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    100%
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    Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    (afternoon, evening)
  6. Meet the beautiful trainee geisha of Kyoto and witness the secret traditions of Japan. Enjoy an evening of culture, entertainment and delicious food with the iconic geisha and maiko.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD171.72

    Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
    2.5 hour(s) (evening)
  7. Get a special local's eye view of Kyoto as you cycle through hidden back roads. Pedal past all gems of this fantastic city with your on an incredible, private bike tour!
    English Available
    Special

    From USD49.71

    Group Discount
    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  8. Learn to make soba noodles the retro way, just a few minutes from Kiyomizudera Temple. Do it all, from prepping, mixing, rolling, and cutting the dough, then eat your freshly made noodles.

    USD26.21

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Choose from three traditional dishes and cook up a storm in a friendly Japanese cooking lesson that comes with a glimpse into Japan's culture thanks to your local instructor, all in English.

    From USD44.28

    Daily
    2 - 3 hour(s) (afternoon)
  10. Enter through a secret passage way leading you to this famous restaurant run by ninjas. Enjoy a night of surprises, magic and delicious food in Kyoto!
    Meal Provided

    From USD27.11

    Daily
    (evening)
  11. Relax with your group and enjoy a private performance by a maiko in a classic high-end Japanese restaurant. Savor a delicious kaiseki dinner, lunch or a few drinks in the heart of Kyoto.
    Meal Provided

    From USD117.49

    Group Discount
    Daily
    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  12. Explore the ancient city of Kyoto with expert guides! See Kinkakuji Temple, the Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple and more. Choose your course!
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD53.32

    Daily
    3.5 - 9 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  13. Weave through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit popular temples and shrines or relax in the bamboo forest of Arashiyama, all with an English-speaking driver. See the sights at your own pace!
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD216.90

    Daily
    4 - 8 hour(s) (morning)
  14. Check out this showcase of the samurai art of kembu. The powerful sword dance will have you marvelling at the skill of the masters as they perform this unique Japanese art.
    English Available

    USD27.11

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  15. Experience Zen thought via this monochrome art form. Learn how to write kanji characters of your choice, and create your own piece of ink and paper artwork!
    English Available

    USD45.19

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)