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We look forward to showing you a unique side to Japan's ancient capital!
4 to 5 hours
Secluded zen gardens of Shisendo & Enkoji
Beautiful zen temple gardens, quaint neighbourhoods and hidden forest shrines
7 - 8 hours
Backstreets of Higashiyama
World heritage temples, stunning gardens, rich local culture and old cobbled streets
Mt Hiei & Enryakuji monastery - gourmet hiking tour
Mountain top monasteries, Buddhist temple cuisine, fascinating history and beautiful forest trails
Kibune & Kurama – Kyoto’s mountain retreat
Mystic mountain temples, forest hikes, riverside dining and hot springs
Fushimi Inari shrine & Southern Kyoto
Vermilion gates, tasty street food and zen temple architecture
4 - 5 Hours
Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Northern Kyoto
The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto's finest rock garden and delicious mochi sweets
7 - 8 Hours
Hidden charms of Arashiyama
Moon viewing bridges, bamboo forests, secret temples and river walks
Ginkakuji and Northern Higashiyama
Philosopher's paths, the Silver Pavilion and hidden pagodas
Kyoto by night – Nishiki Market & Gion
Kyoto's kitchen, ancient entertainment districts and the world of geisha
Latest tour reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Chris is the perfect guide: knowledgeable, personable, attentive and fit.
We saw so much more with Chris than we would have on our own and had lots of fun. Good walking too.
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 😀
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.