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Kyoto Tours

Kyoto Tours

The sites and scenes of Kyoto, Japan's former capital, are still one of the most recommended and admired in Japan. The streets and buildings of Kyoto resonate differently from other major cities in the country. In fact, Kyoto’s main attractions usually focus on the nostalgic sensation from shrines and temples aside from the famous geisha district in Gion. The different seasons change the beauty at each of these sites, so visiting once per different season is a must.

Known as the cultural center and heart of Japan, Kyoto is located in the Kansai region of Japan. It was once the capital of Japan before Edo, modern-day Tokyo, was made the new capital. As a formal capital, it is no wonder that it has much history and just as many shrines as one can imagine. Their World Heritage Sites are also prominent, there are three that can be mentioned as must-see locations; The Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Kinkaku-Ji Temple. There are many other places that are noted as World Heritage Sites, however, these are usually at the top of the list for most visitors. The Gion Geisha District is also quite known for being a main zone to spot Geisha on their way to work. Though there is a chance of seeing a geisha along the streets of Gion, there may be some that are not real trainees or Geisha at all. Real geisha or their trainees have a tight schedule to adhere to on their way to visit their patrons or when going to events. Though Kyoto is traditionally known as a place where geisha train and practice, there are still Geisha practitioners in other parts of the country not just in Kyoto.

Another part of Kyoto that is known for its beauty is the Ryoan-ji Rock Garden. The art made from the careful placement of structures and shapes to create a peaceful environment is admirable. This is particularly recognizable when all the stones can be seen at the same time no matter the angle the viewer takes around the garden. The designer or the date of the garden is not known, however, the Ryoan-ji Temple has a history that dates back to 1450, when Daimyo Hosokawa Katsumoto was deputy of the Ashikaga shoguns. It was Daimyo Katsumoto who ordered to transform the once villa into a temple. However, it was later burned down and rebuilt once after the fire was extinguished. Kyoto’s Maruyama Park (Maruyama Koen) is also known for its beauty particularly during the cherry blossom season that takes place in spring. Most hanami (cherry blossom viewing) is done in the park of Maruyama. Although most other parks also have hanami, they are not as popular as Maruyama’s views. Originally the park had many temples, but like many other structures in Japan, they were burned down. Eventually, it was established as a park in 1871 (Meiji Period), then it was opened as a public park around ten years later. The history and beauty of the area makes the trip to Maruyama worth a visit.

For textile history and displays of kimono fashion, Kyoto’s Nishijin Textile Center is available to the public for their daily fashion shows. There are also activities where one can practice weaving with the guide of an experienced textile weaver. The center also displays the type of silk worms that produce the threads needed for colorful kimonos, ties, handkerchiefs, and other accessories that can be made in a textile factory. The many kimono shown can vary depending on the season, particularly for the cherry blossom season when they add extra accessories on some of the models who wear the seasonal kimonos during the shows. In the end, Kyoto has a variety of locations and sites worth visiting for different people and their interests.

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Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto


12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4785.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

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Mon. Apr 21, 2025 Fri. May 2, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Thu. May 8, 2025 Mon. May 19, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Thu. May 15, 2025 Mon. May 26, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Sat. May 24, 2025 Wed. Jun 4, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
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Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto


12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4785.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

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Tue. Mar 25, 2025 Sat. Apr 5, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Thu. Apr 3, 2025 Mon. Apr 14, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Thu. Apr 10, 2025 Mon. Apr 21, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
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Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour arrow readmore icon

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)


14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

A 14-day spring cultural tour through China and Japan, featuring the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom.

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Mon. Mar 31, 2025 Sun. Apr 13, 2025 US $4798.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)

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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

Enjoy an unforgettable spring tour to Taiwan and Japan in a professionally crafted itinerary with a balance of incredible must-sees, local culture, and natural beauty, plus a visit to the unique Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

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Tue. May 13, 2025 Mon. May 26, 2025 US $4798.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Spring Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka

    41 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Anime Flavor Tour will fulfill your Otaku needs. Visit popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Sat. Apr 12, 2025 Wed. Apr 23, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. May 17, 2025 Wed. May 28, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTX524934

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Summer Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka

    41 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Sun. Jun 1, 2025 Thu. Jun 12, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka

    41 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Sat. Sep 6, 2025 Wed. Sep 17, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival arrow readmore icon

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo

    135 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan...plus Gion Summer Festival.

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Sat. Jul 11, 2026 Wed. Jul 22, 2026 US $4798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    135 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4898.00

Must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties in Winter that you can't miss.

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Tue. Feb 11, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Thu. Feb 12, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 US $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens & Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Kitakyushu / Yamaguchi / Iwakuni / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo

    135 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4898.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, and a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

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Tue. Apr 29, 2025 Sat. May 10, 2025 US $4898.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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