This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here

Kyoto EDITOR'S PICKS
10 Things to Do and Experience in Beautiful Kyoto
Kyoto's thousands of temples, shrines and charming lantern-lined alleyways are just a few of the reasons visitors love this ancient city. Check out some of the most unmissable experiences in Kyoto, to make sure you don't miss a moment of your visit!

1- Explore the lantern-lit streets of the city after dark (and check out the bar culture!)
2- Meet a Kyoto maiko and chat with her over a cup of matcha tea
3- Have an unforgettable evening with a delicious 10-course kaiseki meal!
4- Visit one of Japan's famous owl cafes
5- Dress up as a maiko, geisha or even a samurai for a Kyoto-style photo shoot
6- Learn how to make fresh soba noodles just steps away from Kiyomizu Temple
7- Bike along the Kamogawa River and check out the more hidden spots in the city
8- Try your hand at traditional shibori-style dyeing, to make a one-of-a-kind scarf
9- Take a picture with a maiko, and get to see some of the top sights of Kyoto in one go
10- Experience dinner theater with a ninja twist at the Ninja Restaurant
9Activities

    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Get a taste of Kyoto after dark! See the lantern-filled lanes of Gion and Pontocho. Find out where to grab a drink, which food stalls near Yasaka Shrine are the best and enjoy Kyoto's nightlife.
    English Available

    USD81.85

    Daily
    3.5 - 4 hour(s) (evening)
  2. Join geisha and maiko in Kyoto for a tea ceremony. Sip green tea while you watch an elegant dance performance at a traditional Kyoto tea house. Meet and chat with a real trainee geisha!
    English Available

    From USD37.74

    Group Discount
    Daily
    1 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  3. Enjoy an authentic and delicious 10-course dinner in Kyoto. First explore the Shirakawa river and make your way through the traditional geisha district of Gion. Then enjoy your traditional meal.
    English Available

    USD180.50

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    3.5 hour(s) (evening)
  4. Become one of Kyoto's lovely maiko for a day. Professional staff will do the white make up and help you dress in a bright kimono before a photo shoot! You can also stroll Kyoto for even more pictures.
    English Available

    From USD58.68

    46%
    OFF
    Review Rebate
    Daily
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  5. 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.

    USD26.71

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  6. From Kyoto Station, bike around the city's most beautiful historic and spiritual locations. Pedal by the Kamo River, iconic Heian Shrine, Nanzenji Temple and the Philosopher's Path!
    English Available

    USD71.95

    Daily
    4 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Create a scarf or furoshiki cloth wrapper using traditional shibori dyeing techniques and take home a wearable souvenir of your visit to Kyoto.

    From USD29.84

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  8. See the wondrous district of Gion. Have your photo taken with a maiko. Walk through the gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and see a striking view of Kyoto's seasonal beauty from Arashiyama.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD73.67

    Sun, Wed, Fri
    7.5 hour(s) (morning)
  9. Step into the world of the Ninja with an evening of delicious food, drinks and spectacular entertainment. Enjoy acrobatic dances, thrilling combat and more!
    Meal Provided

    USD41.44

    Weekend
    (evening)

Kyoto Categories