Kyoto's Famous Guided Walking Tour with English-Speaking Guide Instant Confirmation

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This half-day walking tour will take you to see some of Kyoto's hidden gems. Explore the Gojo Rakuen geisha area, unusual shrines and traditional workshops, and make new friends as you explore!

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Get away from Kyoto's major sights, and see a more hidden, traditional side of the ancient capital. This is one of Kyoto's most famous and long-running walking tours, also known as WALK IN KYOTO TALK IN ENGLISH founded back in 1996 by the renowned guide Johnny Hillwalker.

Visit small shrines usually overlooked by larger tours, learn about the important Higashi Honganji Temple, and go back in time in the traditional streets of old geisha districts and workshop areas. Enjoy a cup of tea and a Japanese sweet as a well-deserved break too! See the best of Kyoto without breaking the budget.

Tour runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday except in December, January and February.
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Adult/Child (Age 16 & over)
USD 18.57
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Youth (Age 13-15)
USD 9.29
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Adult/Child (Age 16 & over)
USD 18.57
USD 18.57
Youth (Age 13-15)
USD 9.29
USD 9.29
Child (Age 7-12)
  • Duration: 5 hour(s)
  • Available: Mon, Wed, Fri
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: English-speaking guide / Tea and Wagashi Sweet
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
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  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
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  • 10:00 Check-in at Aqua Fantasy (between Kyoto Station North Main Gate and Kyoto Tower)
  • 10:15 Tour Starts!
    6554211 Tour starts at a fountain between JR Kyoto Station North Main Gate and Kyoto Tower.

    The walk is occasionally led by Johnny Hillwalker, the founder of the tour. The tour avoids major tourist spots, focusing instead on more hidden gems of the city.
    Below are some of the highlights of the tour!
  • Higashi Honganji Temple
    One of the most important temples for the True Pure Land Sect of Buddhism, the main hall is the largest wooden structure in Kyoto.
  • Shinto Shrines
    Visit Ayako Tenmangu Shrine, Ichihime Shrine (dedicated to women) and Toyokuni Shrine, all off the beaten path.
  • Gojo Rakuen (Former Geisha District)
    A kimono wearing woman walking in Gion Here many old machiya houses, tea houses, even a kabuki theater in this well-preserved pleasure quarters area.
  • Traditional Workshops
    Pass by lots of little workshops, housed in private homes along back streets. You can find rosaries, tofu, fans, tatami, pastries, pottery and more!
  • 14:00~ 14:30 Tea Break at Kanshundo Higashimise
    9257373 Take a well-earned break at this wagashi (Japanese sweets) atelier. Sip a cup of tea and nibble on a sweet.
  • 15:00 Tour Ends in Higashiyama
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Please bring a printed copy of your voucher.
Additional Note(s)
    • This tour will not run from December to February.
    • This tour is not covered by insurance.
    • This is a group tour, and the group is usually between 20~30 guests.
    • While Johnny Hillwalker still occasionally conducts this tour, it is now led by other guides.
    • The tour ends in Higashiyama, not at the starting point.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between 18:00 local time, 3 business days to 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made after 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 18.57
USD 18.57

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(5.00/5.00) 5.00 / 5
(1 review)
Language English
Pick-up Not available
Duration 5 hour(s)
Availability Mon, Wed, Fri


This tour was awesome. We got exposed to some great hidden gems of Kyoto and learned a lot about the Japanese culture. Highly recommended.
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