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Kyoto Station: Our most recommended tours and activities

Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

1. Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Kyoto from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end of the tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own with all the information you need.

Kyoto: Top Highlights Full Day Trip

2. Kyoto: Top Highlights Full Day Trip

Visit some of Kyoto's most famous sites on this culture-focused day trip. Hop on board a comfortable coach and drive through Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant Torii Gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-Dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-Ji. Start the tour by discovering some of Kyoto's ancient historic sites which date back to the 6th-century. Get dropped off at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Spend time wandering the brilliant paths before heading to a restaurant for lunch. Here enjoy the chance to taste a  traditional Tofu set-course menu with Japanese tea. After lunch, head off to Kiyomizu-Dera, one of the most iconic temples in Japan. Spend ample time strolling through the temple. Walk across the impressive wooden stage, which juts out from the hillside and was constructed without the use of a single nail. Then, make a final stop at Kinkaku-Ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to the fact that it's covered in gold leaf. Wander through the immaculate gardens surrounding the temple, admiring the original Japanese designs that have been preserved since Ashikaga's time. In the late afternoon, get dropped off at Kyoto Station where your tour will end.

Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

3. Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

Explore the Kansai region, the spiritual heart of Japan which is home to some of the country's most interesting cities. Once you’ve picked up your pass, you’ll be able to ride the JR West railways and buses throughout the Kansai region down to Hiroshima.  Discover the vibrant city of Osaka and its amazing food scene. Visit the ancient temples and shrines of Kyoto. See Nara's natural beauty, try the beef in Kobe, visit Himeji castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or connect with nature in the forests and waterfalls of Wakayama. Walk the UNESCO Kumano Kodo in Kishi, admire the best dunes in Tottori, relax in the Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring, or take amazing photos in the top Japanese garden of Okayama's Korakuen.  Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima by ferry. Take the road-less traveled and use the JR West bus network to see cities such as Kyoto, Shiga, Tsuruga, and Iga-Ueno.

Kyoto: Kyoto Station Walking Tour

4. Kyoto: Kyoto Station Walking Tour

Even though you will pass by the Kyoto station when visiting Kyoto, you may not realise what is around it. Kyoto city is full of history even around the modern station. This tour will take you to the historical spots nearby as well as modern architecture and cultural spots around the station on foot. This private tour also shows you the charm of Kyoto Station. Packed with sweets stores, ramen, and an observatory deck, you could spend a whole day here. Kyoto station is famous for its modern, trendy architecture, so you can feel both the historic and modern in a day. The first stop is Higashihongan-ji temple which was awarded a one-star on Michelin Green Guide for the world's largest wooden temple. Take some time to relax here. There are interesting spots to see, such as "Kezuna," made from one's hair used during the construction. The next stop is Nishihongan-ji temple which is a world heritage site, often called 'Onishisan' by locals. There is a hostility to the history of Nishihongan-ji temple so learn what happened there while enjoy walking around the temple. If you are visiting Kyoto Station after dark, you will enjoy graphical illumination. This is a grand illumination at the staircase of the station. There are many variations of illumination all representing Kyoto's popular spots. Finish the tour by visiting Kyoto Station Air Route where you can see the iconic Kyoto Tower and the city. Come and see this protected historical landscape. There are many recommended places for lunch or dinner depending on your tour time. Examples are a cafe offering a burger using only Kyoto vegetables, a tea shop offering premium Uji matcha and its sweets, and the ramen restaurant which is loved by locals.

Kyoto: 5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour in the Gion Area

5. Kyoto: 5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour in the Gion Area

Meet your guide at the JR Kyoto station and get on the bus to start the tour. Arrive in the Gion area and walk along the Ajikiroji path with its traditional Japanese houses that have been there for more than 100 years and is now a popular area with artists. Head to Miyagawa-cho Street, a traditional entertainment district where Geishas and Maikos work. Enjoy traditional Japanese townhouses and stone walls and learn about this area from your guide. Visit Kennin-ji Temple, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. The temple is famous for its dragon painted on the ceiling, its peaceful garden, and paintings on its sliding screens. Next, head to Hanamikoji street, located in the middle of the district of Gion. During this tour, the guide will share their highly recommended local spots for sweets and restaurants along the way, so you can visit after the tour. The final path of the tour is Shirakawa-Minami Street, which will make you feel like you've stepped onto a movie set.

From Kyoto : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kanazawa

6. From Kyoto : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kanazawa

Take the fast route to Kanazawa from Kyoto Station with a trip on the Thunderbird Express. Book a one-way ticket in advance and enjoy a hassle-free ride to the well-preserved Edo-era district. Simply redeem your ticket at JR Kyoto Station, then enjoy the comfortable express train. Along the way, admire scenic views of the Kyoto countryside before you arrive at the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture.

From Kanazawa : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kyoto

7. From Kanazawa : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kyoto

Take the fast route to Kyoto from Kanazawa with a trip on the Thunderbird Express. Book a one-way ticket in advance and enjoy a hassle-free ride to the beautiful city of Kyoto. Simply redeem your ticket at JR Kanazawa Station, then enjoy the comfortable express train. Along the way, admire scenic views of the Fukui Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture countryside before you arrive at Japan's old capital city.

Kyoto: Ohara Private Tour

8. Kyoto: Ohara Private Tour

Meet your friendly guide and journey to Ohara by bus. On your way, listen to fascinating stories about your destination. First, visit Sanzen-in Temple which is famous for its many flowers such as cherry blossoms, hydrangea, and autumn leaves. Then, move on to the Hosen-in Temple with its 700-year-old Japanese white pine. Observe the garden through an imaginary picture frame. After, explore Jakko-in Temple located deep in the mountains. Marvel at the many beautiful plants of the mountains and in the garden around the temple. Visit a pottery shop and design your own plate. You can also enjoy a relaxing foot bath here. For dinner or lunch, try some of the amazing vegetables Ohara is also famous for (not included). Your guide will provide you with the best recommendations on where to eat.

Other Sightseeing Options in Kyoto Station

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What people are saying about Kyoto Station

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 288 reviews

Our guide Agustin was so helpful and friendly. He took us to a lovely temple that wasn't on the main tourist trail, which was a great opportunity to escape the crowds of Kyoto in the autumn colours season. Our walking tour included all the things that we'd expressed interest in when booking. After the tour, Agustin also kindly emailed me information that he had researched for us about a museum exhibition and antique shop because we'd explained that we were interested in Japanese netsuke. Thank you Agustin!

My guide was wonderful and had great suggestions, very patient with American tourist. I was excited to see everything, he planned a wonderful itinerary. Helpful with train took picture of meeting place.

My guide was the best I could have: Open minded for wishes, adapted the tour perfect, made fun and got many advices!

Kokoro was great, very helpful and knowledgeable. We covered a lot of ground.

It was very enjoyable being with Maha. We highly recommend her.