Our Tours

Our Tours

View our full range of private Kyoto walking tours below

We look forward to showing you a unique side to Japan's ancient capital!

Picture of Kyoto Guided Walks clients enjoying the beautiful garden of Shisendo temple, Kyoto
4 to 5 hours

Secluded zen gardens of Shisendo & Enkoji

Beautiful zen temple gardens, quaint neighbourhoods and hidden forest shrines

Heian Jingu shrine in Kyoto, Japan in late afternoon
7 - 8 hours

Backstreets of Higashiyama

World heritage temples, stunning gardens, rich local culture and old cobbled streets

Photo from summit of Mt Hiei in Kyoto looking north with Lake Biwa in distance
6 hours

Mt Hiei & Enryakuji monastery - gourmet hiking tour

Mountain top monasteries, Buddhist temple cuisine, fascinating history and beautiful forest trails

6 Hours

Kibune & Kurama – Kyoto’s mountain retreat

Mystic mountain temples, forest hikes, riverside dining and hot springs

4 hours

Fushimi Inari shrine & Southern Kyoto

Vermilion gates, tasty street food and zen temple architecture

Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion Kyoto picture with lake reflection and green pine trees
4 - 5 Hours

Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Northern Kyoto

The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto's finest rock garden and delicious mochi sweets

Arashiyama Kyoto traditional wooden boat on Katsura river in autumn photo
7 - 8 Hours

Hidden charms of Arashiyama

Moon viewing bridges, bamboo forests, secret temples and river walks

Shinnyodo temple near Philosophers Path sunset photo with red autumn leaves
4 hours

Ginkakuji and Northern Higashiyama

Philosopher's paths, the Silver Pavilion and hidden pagodas

Photo of Nishiki Market, Kyoto showing dried fish and pickles on display
2 hours

Kyoto by night – Nishiki Market & Gion

Kyoto's kitchen, ancient entertainment districts and the world of geisha


Latest tour reviews

Tony KermodeTony Kermode

We met up with Chris near his flat and he took us for a short tour around his neighborhood adjacent to a forested area. He took us to a small tranquil shrine where we enjoyed the early morning peace and quiet. The experience while sitting in contemplation was quite spiritual. Chris explained many things about the area and we thoroughly enjoyed his commentary. Chris has a deep passion and love of the Japanese culture and he was a joy to be with. Highly recommended.

Toni ClarkeToni Clarke

Our small group of 3 had two fantastic walking tours with Chris when in Kyoto - 3hr Foodies tour & a HUGE full day of Temples, Shrines, hidden local eating places & Philosophers Path. Chris tailored our walk to accommodate my 'still recovering broken leg' with a mix of walking, taxi, & buses. We wished we had also done the Arashiyama walk with Chris as well as we got hopelessly lost on our own!! Chris is fluent in Japanese, so personable & knowledgeable, clearly loves his adopted Kyoto home & is so well acknowledge by his local contacts.

Pat BernardPat Bernard

We had such a great time with Chris. His friendly personality and his knowledge made us appreciate Kyoto even more. After a conversation with Chris, we chose an ebike tour and I loved it. We saw some popular tourist sites but also some local favorite spots where there was no other tourist around.

I highly recommend Chris and Kyoto guided tours, you won’t regret it.

Leo brunkerLeo brunker

Can not recommend Kyoto Guided Walks highly enough. The whole family had an amazing time. The guide ensured we all took something from every site. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and energetic. A very personal experience with insights and locations that other tours do not offer.

Louise WardLouise Ward

We booked 2 tours with Kyoto guided walks. Chris was an awesome guide, very helpful and his local knowledge was fantastic. Chris even stayed in touch with us after the tours and gave us tips on what to do.
We highly recommend booking a tour at the start of your visit so you get a great overview on local life and must see attractions, some away from the tourist traps.
Chris is highly professional and yet so personal.

Robyn BarnesRobyn Barnes

Home after two weeks in Japan.Wanted to say a big "Thanks " to Chris for our day in Kyoto .It was a great day and Kyoto is just beautiful . Your knowledge, fun personality and the places we walked to were amazing . Without your expertise and guidance we wouldn't of seen these beautiful places . Would highly recommend booking with Chris - Kyoto Guided Walking Tours. Thanks again from us down under ! Tony n Robyn 😀

Lou LouLou Lou

Just brilliance. Highly recommend. This was one of the best tours I’ve ever done. Chris is very knowledgeable and also entertaining. He takes you to the ‘must see’ sites as well as authentic Japanese places to give you real insight into their culture. Thanks again Chris we had the best two days here in Kyoto.

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