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Backstreet in Gion
Maiko of Miyagawa cho
Shirakawa river in Kyoto
Cycling through Imperial Park
Cycling in Gion
Maiko of Miyagawacho2
Backstreet in Kyoto
Tea house of Kyoto
Stepping stone at Kamoriver
Kamoriver
Kamoriver2
Walk with bike in Imperial Park

Kyoto Back Street Tour

Find the true heart of Kyoto in the back alleys

Step back in time to old Kyoto on this popular half-day tour. Not far from Kyoto Station, you’ll explore the atmospheric alleys of the traditional Gion area, cycle the gardens of the Imperial Palace, and breeze along the banks of the Kamogawa River.

We can also include a stop at a temple or shrine, such as Higashi Honganji or Heian Shrine, time permitting.

The main areas of Kyoto to explore on this cycling tour

Tour Course

  1. KCTP Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal

    Meeting and departure point.

  2. Miyagawa-cho

    One of Kyoto's 'flower towns', Miyagawa-cho developed in the 16th century as a fashionable entertainment district lined with teahouses. If you're lucky, you may spot a Maiko – a trainee Geisha – on her way to a lesson.

  3. Gion Neighborhood

    The atmospheric Gion area is Kyoto's most famous Geisha district. See the traditional townhouses, with their ochre latticework facades and curved bamboo fences, and learn about the world of the Geisha while you explore the narrow stone-paved lanes.

  4. Along Shirakawa River

    Shirakawa flows gently through historic Gion, lined by willow trees fluttering in the breeze. Enjoy the view from small Tatsumi Bridge, especially scenic when framed by cherry blossoms or colorful autumn leaves.

  5. Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

    Cycle through the leafy Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, home to the Imperial Palace and several other historic sites. This sprawling green space is loved by locals, who visit to enjoy the changing seasons. See cherry blossoms in spring, yellow ginkgo tree leaves in fall, and a range of flora throughout the year.

  6. Kamogawa Riverside Promenade

    We round off the tour with a cycle on the Kamogawa riverside promenade. Kamogawa is a favorite local spot for strolling and picnicking, and is great for cycling free of traffic. Look out for wild birds such as ducks, herons and black-headed gulls. Hop across the water on the Kamogawa 'stepping stones'.

  7. KCTP Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal

    Return to Kyoto Station cycle terminal, where the tour ends.

Tour Detail

Tour type
Private guided tour
Departure/End location
KCTP Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal
Departure/End time
Morning tour 9:30~12:30
Afternoon tour 13:30~16:30
Time required
About 3 hours
*Please note that traffic conditions and/or weather conditions may cause the cycling tour to finish later.
Distance
15 km
Price per person
6,500 yen (for groups of 4 people or more)
7,700 yen (3 people)
10,000 yen (2 people)
17,000 yen (1 person) Solo visitors welcome!
Inclusive of
Guide fee, rental bike fee, liability and accident insurance, helmets, rain gear, original cycling map
Recommended for
People interested in old Kyoto, people who want to get off the beaten track
As it's a mostly flat, traffic-free route, it's good for beginner or nervous cyclists, families with children, seniors
Notes
・Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear, according to the weather and temperature of the day. We recommend wearing sunglasses and using sunscreen in summer, and wearing gloves in the winter.
・Luggage such as suitcases can be stored free of charge. However, valuables, fragile items, and food cannot be stored.
・For an additional charge of 500 yen per bicycle (1,000 yen for electric-assist bicycles), bike rental before or after the tour is available during business hours (from 9:00 to 18:00).

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