Recent Searches
Clear

Top Kyoto Cultural Tours

Saved to wishlist!
When are you traveling?
Select Dates
Popular
Search experiences that may have limited interaction with crowds.
Search experiences with increased health and safety practices.
Search tours and activities you can do from home.

You are viewing Virtual Experiences in Kyoto. See more Virtual Experiences around the globe. 🌎

Price
$0
$500+
Duration
Time of Day
RatingClear
Specials
Select Dates
Dates
Half-day Tours
Religious Tours
Full-day Tours
Historical Tours
Multi-day Tours
City Tours
E-Bike Tours
Private and Luxury
Fashion Tours
Architecture Tours
Markets
Rail Tours
Walking Tours
Adventure Tours
Photography Tours
Night Tours
Public Transportation Tours
Bike Tours
Private Sightseeing Tours
Overnight Tours
Eco Tours

243 results | All Kyoto Tours

Sort by: Featured

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

star-4.5
408
This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. Save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. Travel in an air-conditioned coach for a hassle-free day. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
More
  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$153.36
From
$153.36
Taking safety measures

Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

star-4.5
500
Discover the Zen gardens, colorful temples, and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and religious monuments of this historic Japanese city, once the imperial capital, as you join a guide on visits to the Gion Geisha district, Tofukuji Temple, and more.
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$78.51
Price varies by group size
From
$78.51
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Kyoto Early Bird Tour

Kyoto Early Bird Tour

star-5
42
Kyoto is one of Japan’s most popular travel destinations and with over 50 million annual visitors, it can get busy. This tour makes an early start so you can avoid the crowds and cram much more into your day. Stroll around the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before the tour groups arrive, visit Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) right as it opens, and walk through the torii gates of Fushimi Inari (Shrine) before the midday heat.
More
  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$126.16
Price varies by group size
From
$126.16
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour

Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour

star-5
92
Spend some time getting acquainted with the food and culture of two historically important and beautiful districts of Kyoto on this guided walking tour. Stroll over the ninth-century Togetsukyo bridge and make stops to sample local snacks. After a visit to the 14th-century Tenryu-ji temple, head to a beautiful bamboo garden and indulge in some traditional Japanese sweets. This tour of Arashiyama and Sagano is a great way to get to know Kyoto.
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$110.70
From
$110.70
Taking safety measures

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour

star-3.5
27
Sightsee through Kansai’s most scenic areas, seeing iconic landmarks in Nara and Kyoto in one day, without the hassle of changing trains or getting lost. With pickup times in either Osaka or Kyoto, board a convenient tour bus to visit the 1000 vermilion gates of Fushimi-Inari Shrine, scenic Nara Park, beautiful Arashiyama, and more.
More
  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$86.06
From
$86.06
Taking safety measures

Kyoto Samurai Experience

Kyoto Samurai Experience

star-5
357
Immerse yourself in Samurai history and culture during this 2-hour Samurai experience at a traditional Kyoto Samurai House. Under the guidance of an expert Samurai instructor, learn the philosophies of Bushido, the ‘Way of the Warrior; handle a real katana sword; and take part in a Zen meditation session.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$112.14
From
$112.14
Taking safety measures

5-Hour Guided Walking Tour - Walk in Kyoto, Talk in English

5-Hour Guided Walking Tour - Walk in Kyoto, Talk in English

star-4.5
56
See a different side of Kyoto during this half-day, off-the-beaten-path walking tour covering the city’s hidden temples, shrines, and shops. Gain new insight into this one-time Japanese capital as you see a side of the city few tourists ever visit. Stop by lesser-known Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, and explore artisanal handicraft shops. An afternoon tea break is also included. Please note: This seasonal tour runs annually between March and November and the dates are subject to change.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$20.37
From
$20.37

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

star-4.5
48
Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural splendor of Kyoto on this private tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Choose from two different routes, both of which cover major Kyoto attractions including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, and explore the city with a personal guide. On the northwest-bound route, you’ll visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Food Market, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama Park. Alternatively, the southeast course covers the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$213.85
Price varies by group size
From
$213.85
Price varies by group size

Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

star-4.5
57
Get an insiders' eye perspective on Kyoto on this walking tour that combines a food tour with anthropological insight. Wander through the city's streets and understand the nighttime entertainment scene, from geiko (geisha) to hostesses. Afterward, sample regional specialties accompanied by included drinks at standing bars/restaurants.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$104.00
Price varies by group size
From
$104.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group or Private Kyoto Walking Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group or Private Kyoto Walking Tour

star-4.5
57
Experience the glowing lanterns and lively atmosphere of Kyoto after dark on this evening walking tour with a small group. Experience the ancient Japanese capital after dark as you stroll the city’s serene back streets and visit city landmarks like Yasaka Shrine, the Pontocho restaurant district, and a ‘tachinomiya’ stand and drink shop for included food and drink samples.
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$105.14
Price varies by group size
From
$105.14
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Tea ceremony Experience in kyoto with light lunch in front Daitokuji ZenTemple

Tea ceremony Experience in kyoto with light lunch in front Daitokuji ZenTemple

star-5
5
Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Kyoto's most beautiful temples. Enhance your visit to the temple by taking part in a traditional cultural experience—a tea ceremony. During the experience, learn about the history of tea culture, and how harmony, purity, reverence, and tranquility are linked to the tea ceremony. It's a great way to taste authentic Japanese green tea, and to also learn fascinating insights about tea rituals that you wouldn't find out about otherwise.
More
  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$19.65
From
$19.65
Taking safety measures

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

star-5
97
Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
More
  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$157.00
per group
From
$157.00
per group
Taking safety measures

Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

star-5
108
Get an excellent introduction to the cuisine of Kyoto on this small-group guided tour of the city's best food spots. Start at the deliciously vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the market with the guide, learning about the history of food in the city and taste many dishes unique to Kyoto, including pickled vegetables, fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, mochi and Japanese omelet. After the market, visit a shrine dedicated to the god of education.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$100.10
From
$100.10
Taking safety measures

Hidden Kyoto E-Biking tour

Hidden Kyoto E-Biking tour

star-5
247
Cycle past a mix of Kyoto’s most-famous sights and its lesser-known secrets during this half-day ‘Hidden Kyoto’ bike tour. Take a 4.9-mile (8-kilometer) ride that starts by winding past iconic Kyoto temples and shrines like Kinkakuji, Koto-in, and Kitano Tenmagu. You’ll continue ‘off the beaten path,’ discovering intimate Zen gardens and charming backstreets known only to locals.
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$95.84
From
$95.84
Taking safety measures

5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour

5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour

star-5
117
Kyoto’s traditional neighborhoods and scenic parklands are ideal for exploring by bike. On this tour, save time by cycling around the city and visit five of Kyoto’s most popular attractions in one day. Enjoy stunning views of the Golden Pavilion and the Kiyomizu Temple; pose for photos by the red torri gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine; and hop off to stroll around the Bamboo Forest and explore the geisha district.
More
  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$168.21
From
$168.21
Taking safety measures

Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 100% Personalized

Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 100% Personalized

star-4.5
6
Stroll the back alleys of Kyoto, missed by many visitors, as dusk falls and they are at their most atmospheric on this private guided tour. In the company of just a guide and your party, see how ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture as you explore the enchanting wooden alleyways lit with traditional paper lanterns in the historic Gion district and the picturesque streets of old Pontocho, where, with luck, you might spot a geisha or two.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$112.54
Price varies by group size
From
$112.54
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Gion Walking Tour by Night

Gion Walking Tour by Night

star-4.5
184
Discover Kyoto’s magical Gion district, which is known for being the city’s Geisha area. Don't worry about language barriers, as a guide is there to help you translate and explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and other Japanese words. The unmarked narrow streets of Gion can make it easy to get lost at night, but this is not a problem with a guide to navigate and lead the way. Upgrade to a longer, private tour for a closer look at Geisha culture.
More
  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$12.22
Price varies by group size
From
$12.22
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Nijo Castle Official English Guided Tour

Nijo Castle Official English Guided Tour

star-5
21
This tour is a guided tour by the Kyoto City Certified Interpreter Guide "Kyoto Municipal Visitors Host". While listening to a meaningful commentary on the guide, you can enjoy Nijo Castle by spinning around Ninomaru Garden, Nijo Castle and gardens. You can also enter places that are not open to the general public. Please join us!
More
  • 1 hour
From
$9.17
From
$9.17

Kyoto Arashiyama Insider Walking Tour

Kyoto Arashiyama Insider Walking Tour

star-5
31
-Immerse yourself in solitude in the mesmerizing nature of Arashiyama. Saga-Toriimoto district is a national preservation district where you feel like you are stepping into the past. Our local guide will explain the history and culture of the area. -Visit the world famous, must-visit bamboo grove and Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO world heritage and immerse yourself in it's rich history. Afterwards we will enter through more well-known spots in Saga-Arashiyama, visiting UNESCO world heritage temples and the very famous bamboo grove. -Indulge in an authentically traditional meal, and learn with your palate the rich food culture of Kyoto. After walking and visiting the temple, you must be ready for lunch! let's have beautiful Kyoto-style lunch! Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$86.35
From
$86.35
Taking safety measures

Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)

Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)

star-5
14
Nishiki Market is a foodie’s dream and one of Kyoto’s most loved markets, but it can be tricky as an outsider to know which of the 130+ shops are the best ones to visit. This tour helps you shortlist Nishiki Market highlights by having an insider’s top tips. You’ll try local food, visit souvenir shops, and hear about the market from a local’s perspective.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$31.00
From
$31.00
Taking safety measures

Private Kyoto Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems, Personalised ★★★★★

Private Kyoto Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems, Personalised ★★★★★

star-5
15
Exploring the historic city of Kyoto with a local guide gives you an experience you won’t get by following a guidebook itinerary. Discover local neighborhoods, see iconic attractions, and get recommendations from a guide who creates a personalized route based on your interests and needs.
More
  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$84.41
Price varies by group size
From
$84.41
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Half-Day Guided Bike Tour of North Kyoto with Lunch

Half-Day Guided Bike Tour of North Kyoto with Lunch

star-5
780
Active travelers will love the opportunity to explore the northern parts of Kyoto by bike. Your local guide will make sure you don’t get lost, and will show you to back alleys and hidden corners that you might miss otherwise, as well as some of the famous attractions that shouldn’t be missed. Cycle on comfortable bike, and enjoy an authentic Japanese lunch to refuel.
More
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$98.24
From
$98.24
Taking safety measures

3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

star-5
198
Gain a better understanding of sake during this tour that explores the Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto. Visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, one of the largest sake breweries in Fushimi, and end your visit with a sake-tasting session. Not only will your guide be able to explain the basics of sake and introduce you to new kinds you may have never tried, but your tastings will also be paired with Japanese snacks that enhance the tasting experience. 
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$81.48
From
$81.48
Taking safety measures

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto

star-4
105
Spend a day exploring historic neighborhoods, visiting temples, and shopping on a full-day tour from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. Explore the Arashiyama district, tour the Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nara Park, and take in the stores at Kobe MOSAIC. This tour includes Kinkaku-ji entrance fee, as well as pickup from Kyoto Station, Umeda, Nippombashi or Namba. Opt for a buffet or shabu shabu lunch and/or a Kobe steak or an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu dinner.
More
  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$97.05
From
$97.05
Taking safety measures

Filters

What people are saying about Cultural Tours in Kyoto

star-5
Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options
"Excellent one day tour of Kyoto attractions. Covered the main must see shrines and temples. Well guided and very informative."..."
star-5
Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour
"Great tour, would recommend especially if you dont have much time in Kyoto. You will see some of the main sights of Kyoto."..."
star-5
Kyoto Early Bird Tour
"Kiyomi was excellent guide. She is such a sweet helpful person. We learned so much about the sites we visited. I highly recommend the tour and especially Kiyomi"..."
star-5
Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour
"Excellent walking tour around the Saga-Arashiyama area. Lots of nature and great food. Guide was very kind and knowledgeable, he even gave us tips on what to do in Kyoto after the tour. Definitely recommend!"..."
star-5
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
"Our tour guide Adrian was very funny and knowledgeable. He gave us good directions and enough time to explore the area. I will recommend him to anybody."..."
star-5
Kyoto Samurai Experience
"Must do experience if ever in Kyoto. We had a great time and had a lot of fun using the sword as well as learning about the warriors of Japan. The staff was very attentive and answer all of our questions. The pictures were exceptional very pleased."..."
star-5
5-Hour Guided Walking Tour - Walk in Kyoto, Talk in English
"Mia, our guide was nothing short of fantastic. She gave local knowledge and more importantly a part of herself. She was passionate, informative and nothing short of exceptionable. Very good highly recommended."..."
star-5
Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
"Mie was our tour guide who was excellent. She was flexible with her itinerary and we saw so much. When we return to Kyoto later in the year we'll ask for Mie again."..."
star-5
Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond
"Wonderful Night time tour through the streets of Kyoto that was equal parts informative and funny. So many great historical, cultural, religious and political insights accompanied with some excellent food stops! Definitely worth booking, particularly if it is your first time in Kyoto like it was ours"..."
star-5
Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group or Private Kyoto Walking Tour
"I would definitely recommend this tour . Guide was very knowledgeable and Gion is lovely to see at night and the walk was very interesting"..."
star-5
Tea ceremony Experience in kyoto with light lunch in front Daitokuji ZenTemple
"This was such a lovely experience which I highly recommend. We were greeted and brought in to a lovely decorated old house. The whole ceramony was done so beautifully and the host made us feel so welcome. We had a chance to make the tea too and had so many yummy treats. I highly reccomend this experience."..."
star-5
Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour
"Had a great 2 day tour with Yasuna! She was very patient with us (a mixed group of varying fitness levels: an elderly granddad of 80+ and a young kid of 8). Loved seeing Ryoanji."..."
star-5
Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour
"I enjoyed my time with my guide. I ate food I would not have tired and explored places I would go back to if I ever find myself again in Japan."..."
star-5
Hidden Kyoto E-Biking tour
"This is my second time booking the tour as I had a great time the first time. Ross was really great tour guide. It was the perfect tour for our trip in Kyoto. Highly recommended, a must do when in Kyoto!"..."
star-5
5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour
"We had a great time with our tour guide Peter! This was the best way to see all of Kyoto in one day. We learned a lot of interesting things about the city and culture in Kyoto. We stayed in Kyoto for 4 days and this was definitely the highlight of our trip."..."
star-5
Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 100% Personalized
"We had a great time and enjoyed to see more of the Kyoto after dark. A big thank you for Taibi our local guide who was very knowledgeable and informative."..."
star-5
Gion Walking Tour by Night
"Mie was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable about the history of the area. It was fascinating to learn all about the Gion district. Thank you"..."
star-5
Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)
"Kenji was a really great! We enjoyed the tour and got to try some really great food. Highly recommend"..."
star-5
Private Kyoto Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems, Personalised ★★★★★
"Had a great day! Kokoro was supper friendly and very knowledgeable. Learned a lot about Kyoto and look forward to the next visit. Highly recommend."..."
star-5
3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience
"It’s educational and it’s delicious. I learned so much about sake making and got to enjoy high quality sake during this tour. If you like sake, it’s a tour you shouldn’t miss."..."
star-5
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto
"Tour guide was not specific enough some of us could not understand where to meet. What we saw was lovely and worth the money but we skipped Kobe and left tour at Osaka."..."

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the best Cultural Tours in Kyoto?
Q:
What Cultural Tours in Kyoto are taking additional safety precautions?
Q:
What Cultural Tours in Kyoto are good for avoiding crowds?