Kyoto's Best Bicycle Tours

Kyoto's Best Bicycle Tours
Kyoto is one of the best examples of old Japan: atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons. Kyoto is said to be Japan's spiritual heart with over 1000 Buddhist temples. You'll find true masterpieces of religious architecture, such as the retina-burning splendor of Kinkaku-ji (the famed Golden Pavilion) and the cavernous expanse of Higashi Hongan-ji. Within the temple precincts are some of the world's most sublime gardens, from the Zen masterpiece at Ryoan-ji to the riotous paradise of moss and blossoms at Saiho-ji. And then there are the Shinto shrines, monuments to Japan's indigenous faith. While the rest of Japan has adopted modernity with abandon, the old ways are still clinging on in Kyoto. With its roots as the cultural capital of the country, it's no surprise that many traditional arts and crafts are kept alive by artisans from generation to generation. Wander the streets downtown to find ancient specialty shops from tofu sellers, washi (Japanese handmade paper) and tea merchants, to exquisite lacquerware, handcrafted copper chazutsu (tea canisters) and indigo-dyed hanging curtains. Few cities of this size pack such a punch when it comes to their culinary cred, and at its heart is Nishiki Market ('Kyoto's Kitchen'). Kyoto is crammed with everything from Michelin-starred restaurants, chic cocktail bars, cool cafes, and sushi spots to food halls, Japanese pub-eateries, craft-beer bars, and old-school noodle joints. With so much to see, do, and taste, Kyoto is a great place to experience, and there are several options for Bike tours to help you make the most of your time here.
Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour
offered by Viator

Start your bike excursion from Kyoto Station, where you'll meet your guide and proceed to get your bike, helmet and brief safety instructions. Pedal off into the city by heading for the Kamo River, a route that affords excellent views of downtown, along with a collection of traditional restaurants that line the river banks. Head to Heian-Jingu Shrine, an important religious center known for its visually-striking red torii, where you'll see reconstructions of structures from Kyoto's old palace complex. Continue along a network of charming canals, eventually reaching Nanzenji Temple, which embodies many of the typical stylistic details of classic Zen Buddhist religious structure. Explore the site's collection of eye-catching small temples before proceeding on to the famous Path of Philosophy. Arrive at the Path of Philosophy, a beautiful thoroughfare lined on both sides by hundreds of cherry trees. After visiting the Path of Philosophy, return by bicycle to Kyoto Station where you ride concludes.

Price: $76.00
offered by Get Your Guide

Start the day cycling along the Kamo River, taking in the views of the city's downtown and passing the wealth of traditional riverside restaurants. Call by the Heian-Jingu Shrine, built in 1894 to commemorate the 1,100 anniversary of the foundation of the capital. Next, weave your way along quaint canals to reach the impressive Nanzenji Temple. Admire the temple's spacious grounds with a surprising feature: a scenic aqueduct, with the Higashiyama Mountains as their backdrop. Then head for what is arguably the most popular walking path in Kyoto, the Path of Philosophy, shaded by hundreds of cherry trees that erupt into bloom every April. Cycle along a beautiful canal with old teahouses and traditional bathhouses among the cherry trees and traditional narrow backroads, back towards Kyoto Station where your tour concludes.

offered by Get Your Guide

Kyoto is a city that is best explored by bicycle. Your guides have carefully curated a selection of tours that focus on showing you the beautiful contours of this ancient capital. More than just visiting the busy tourist sites, these journeys are crafted on leisure, scenery, and culture, while uncovering some of the best-kept secrets in Kyoto. You begin with stops at World Heritage temples and shrines, and gradually make your way along cozy backstreets to quieter, more intimate Zen garden settings. You will be taken to places rarely seen by the average Kyoto dweller, tranquil environments carefully hidden from the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape. Treat yourself to a new and unique understanding of Kyoto with a truly unforgettable experience.

offered by Urban Adventures

Start the day cycling along the Kamo River, taking in the views of the city's downtown and passing the wealth of traditional riverside restaurants. Stop by the Heian-Jingu Shrine, built to commemorate the 1,100 anniversary of the foundation of the capital. Next, visit the impressive Nanzenji Temple with its spacious grounds and scenic aqueduct. Then ride on to the beautiful and popular Path of Philosophy that is shaded by hundreds of cherry trees that are beautiful year round, but especially in April when they burst into bloom. After your stop here, head down a beautiful canal lined with traditional shops and teahouses back to Kyoto station where your tour concludes.


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