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Kyoto: Family Friendly Personalized Tour

1. Kyoto: Family Friendly Personalized Tour

Get to know your local host who can give you advice and recommendations for things to see and do with your family. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. They will also suggest family-friendly restaurants where the locals eat that serve the kind of food you all like. Explore the temples, gardens, and places in Kyoto that make the perfect backdrop for your family day out. Visit world famous attractions where your kids can learn and explore, parks to run off any extra energy, and interactive exhibits at the Railway Museum to get hands-on. Explore the unique and exciting aspects of Kyoto’s magical culture. Explore the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which is a great temple for children and adults. You can also visit Tainai-Meguri if none of your party are claustrophobic or afraid of the dark. Jishu-jinja and Otowa-no-taki Spring are other temples you can explore. The Sannen-Zaka and Ninen-Zaka preserved neighborhoods are beautiful lanes lined with restaurants, teahouses, and souvenir stores which the kids will also enjoy. At Maruyama-koen Park you can see some of the famous Kyoto rickshaw pullers and the carp and turtles in the pond. Shoren-in Temple is one of the most popular temples in Kyoto and has a beautiful garden that the kids can explore with a bamboo forest.  Head to downtown Kyoto for lunch where you will be surrounded by restaurants. Your host will recommend a place that is to your taste. Kyoto Railway Museum is a great museum for the kids to explore. Nishiki Market is Kyoto’s best food market and it is fun to check out all the mysterious items on offer.

Kyoto: Authentic Japanese Art Sushi Roll Lesson

2. Kyoto: Authentic Japanese Art Sushi Roll Lesson

Make sushi rolls that look like a beautiful flower during this fun and crafty lesson with local experts. Made using rice vinegar, sugar, sesame, ginger, vegetables, and nori (seaweed), you will learn about the essential history and trivia of sushi rolls. Wear a beautiful komono and enjoy fresh Japanese tea and water during the class. Japanese sushi rolls were first created between 1750 and 1776 during the Edo period (1603-1868) when the popular culture blossomed. At that time, sushi made using sake and vinegar spread and a wide variety of foods became popular. In the early 1800s, sushi that could be made quickly using vinegar became mainstream. In the Showa period, sushi rolls began to made in a more complicated pattern. Using special recipes and ingredients, you will acquire the skills to continue making beautiful sushi rolls at home.

Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove and Temple Tour

3. Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove and Temple Tour

For an easy day trip from the heart of Kyoto, there is nowhere more magical than Arashiyama. Discover a district tucked away in the west of the city at the foot of the Arashiyama Mountains. This enchanting area is easy to get to but the tranquility you will find in the stunning Bamboo Grove can feel like another world. Explore the enchanting forest with a local guide. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the mountainous landscape. Explore the riverbanks around the Togetsukyo Bridge and winding paths through the bamboo to discover temples and shrines hidden amongst leafy forests. Visit the Monkey Park and where you can encounter wild monkeys at close distance and enjoy watching them frolic about. Visit some of Kyoto’s most important temples and shrines and enjoy a break from the city’s bustling center. Explore the beautifully preserved traditional Saga-Toriimoto Street and see the historic temples and sacred shrines that the area is renowned for including the Tenryu-ji Temple and smaller sites like Gioji, hidden away in a secluded maple forest. Enjoy an authentic meal at a neighborhood eatery that suits your tastes and budget where the locals eat. Get tips and tricks from your guide about other areas of Kyoto to explore. Your itinerary will be fully personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local partner's team will be in touch, so just let them know if you have any special requirements. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Book an early time slot if you wish to escape the crowds.

Kyoto: 1-Hour Origami Class with Local Instructor

4. Kyoto: 1-Hour Origami Class with Local Instructor

Explore another side of Japanese culture by joining a traditional origami class, which is the revered art of making figures by folding paper. Learn how to fold 4 different patterns, one being the famous paper crane, with the help from your local instructor. Take home your creations from the class as your own personal souvenirs. During you class, your teacher will give you instructions step by step and you can make 4 different patterns from easier to complicated. No need to feel worried about not being able to create all the traditional patterns as you will receive all the support you need along the way. One of the most popular origami figures is the attractive looking orizuru (a folded-paper crane). In Japan, people make paper cranes to pray for peace or happiness for a beloved person. Take the opportunity to discover this integral part of Japanese culture. 

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What people are saying about Kyoto

That was a great full day of fun!

Taibi was great. My son didn’t make it because he had to do some homework and he missed out. Taibi was helpful and was informative. He took a lot of photographs of me in many settings which was perfect for future memories. We started out at the Monkey park and then to the Bamboo grove and he had me taste many new things on the way. At lunch we went to a small restaurant Ton Ton and had a fabulous meal. Then we walked around Nishi market and Gion and then he set me up with a bus at the end of the day that dropped me off 250 feet from my Hotel. I had a fabulous full day of exploring Kyoto! Taibi did a wonderful job helping me understand and experience Kyoto. Thank you!!!!

A little stressed at the beginning because we didn't know where the meeting point was because I only looked at my emails the night before while Connor was waiting for an answer from us In short, he was able to manage We left in bus and train then we went at our own pace C an excursion that makes a lot of walking in nature In any case, we enjoyed it a lot as much as Connor did everything he can to make our day pleasant

The bamboo grove was spectacular. Pictures were amazing but seeing it person is sooo much ch better. The mountain climb to the tea garden and beyond was an unexpected lovely surprise. The views are breathtaking. The temples and shrines are a thing of beauty as well. Monkey park was thoroughly enjoyable. From the beautiful hike to reaching the top and enjoying the monkeys. Marvelous!!

The experience was great and interesting, the tour guide was patient and answered all of our questions. Though the price wasn’t worth it. We had to pay our lunch and rides (buses and train) plus the fee we had already paid.