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Ginkakuji Temple
Heian Jingu Shrine
Heian Jingu Shrine 2
Heian Jingu Shrine 3
Nanzenji Temple
Nanzenji Temple 2
Nanzenji Temple 3
Philosopher's Path
Philosopher's Path 2
Philosopher's Path 3
Kiyomizu Temple

Kyoto Silver Tour

Feel the wabi-sabi spirit of Kyoto

This half-day tour will take you through the tree-lined pathways in the Kyoto Imperial Palace Gardens, then head to the templed Higashiyama area, the origin of Japan’s ‘Wabi-Sabi’ culture. After visiting Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavilion, you can enjoy shopping for local items and souvenirs on the nearby street. Then it’s on to the Philosopher’s Path and Kyoto’s most prominent Zen temple, Nanzenji.

The main areas of Kyoto to explore on this cycling tour

Tour Course

  1. KCTP South of Gosho Cycle Terminal

    South of Gosho Cycle Terminal
    Meeting and departure point, located close to Kyoto Imperial Palace.

  2. 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.

  3. Ginkakuji Temple

    Ginkakuji (Silver Temple) is the temple that best represents Kyoto and the wabi-sabi spirit that permeates Japanese culture. This Zen temple complex dates from 1482, when it was originally built as a villa. As well as the pavilion itself, highlights include the beautiful moss garden, raked sand garden, and Togudo Hall.

  4. Philosopher's Path

    Pedal slowly along this 2km path, which runs along a pretty tree-lined canal. With cherry blossom in spring, colorful leaves in autumn, dustings of snow in winter, and the rich greens of summer, it's photogenic year-round.

  5. Nanzenji Temple

    Japan's most important Zen Buddhist temple, Nanzenji dates from the 13th century. Its huge Sanmon Gate has a deck that allows great views of the city. Other highlights include the beautifully maintained kare-sansui (dry landscape) garden, and the Meiji-era arched brick aqueduct that crosses the temple grounds – a popular photo spot.

  6. Heian Shrine

    Known for its bright vermilion gate and colorful buildings, Heian Shrine (Heian-jingu) was founded in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the Heian period. It was modeled on the Heian Palace, the original imperial residence in the days when Kyoto was Japan's capital.

  7. KCTP South of Gosho Cycle Terminal

    Return to South of Gosho cycle terminal, where the tour ends.

Tour Detail

Tour type
Private guided tour
Departure/End location
South of Gosho Cycle Terminal(RAKURO KYOTO THE SHARE HOTELS)
*Tours meet in the lobby of the hotel.
Departure/End time
Morning tour 9:30~13:00
Afternoon tour 13:30~17:00
Time required
3.5 hours
*Please note that traffic conditions and/or weather conditions may cause the cycling tour to finish later.
About 13 km
Price per person
10,500 yen (for groups of 4 people or more)
12,000 yen (3 people)
15,000 yen (2 people)
23,500 yen (1 person) Solo visitors welcome!
Inclusive of
Guide fee, rental bike fee, liability and accident insurance, admission fee, helmets, rain gear, original cycling map
Recommended for
People interested in cultural heritage, temples and shrines, Zen Buddhism
・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.
・For an additional charge of 500 yen per bicycle, bike rental before or after the tour is available during business hours (from 9:00 to 18:00).

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