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Maruyama Park
Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle 2
Nijo Castle 3
Nijo Castle 4
Nijo Castle 5
Nishihonganji Temple
Nishihonganji Temple 2
Nishihonganji Temple 3
Nishihonganji Temple 3
Nishihonganji Temple 4
Higashiyama area
Higashiyama area 2
Higashiyama area 3
Koshindo Shrine
Yasaka Pagoda
Kiyomizu Temple
Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park

The Kyoto East “World Heritage Tour”

See the best of Kyoto with a tour of Higashiyama

The Kyoto East full-day tour takes in several World Heritage and iconic sights of Kyoto, including Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace gardens, and Higashiyama-area highlights Ginkakuji (Silver Temple) and Kiyomizu-dera. Lunch and all admission fees are included.

For the big sights of northwestern Kyoto, such as Kinkakuji (Golden Temple), and the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, see our Kyoto West full-day tour.

The main areas of Kyoto to explore on this cycling tour

Tour Course

  1. KCTP Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal

    Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal

    Meeting and departure point.

  2. Nishi-Honganji Temple (World Heritage Site)

    The Nishi Honganji complex is the main temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, drawing worshipers from around Japan. The elaborately carved Karamon gate, the Amidado and Geido halls, and the Drum Tower are among the many highlights.

  3. Nijo Castle (World Heritage Site)

    Dating from 1603, Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) is one of the symbols of Kyoto. The castle grounds contain culturally significant buildings such as Ninomaru Palace, all surrounded by a moat and heavy stone walls.

    * Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August and December, and occasionally over the New Year period. At these times, the tour will visit a different sight or a cafe.

  4. 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.

  5. Lunch

    Break for lunch at a place recommended by your knowledgeable guide. Please let us know in advance if you have food allergies, special diets, or a particular lunch request.

  6. Ginkakuji Temple (World Heritage Site)

    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.

  7. 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 a popular photogenic spot.

  8. Nene no Michi

    This cobblestoned street leads to Maruyama Park and is full of the character of old Kyoto. This is a great place to stop and find Japanese items, souvenirs, and sweets.

  9. Maruyama Park

    Located next to Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama-koen is Kyoto's oldest park. It is the most famous blossom-viewing spot in the city, especially known for its large weeping cherry tree. There are also pleasant stroll gardens, traditional tearooms and Japanese restaurants.

  10. Kiyomizu Temple (World Heritage Site)

  11. KCTP Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal

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

Tour Detail

Tour type
Private guided tour
Departure/End location
Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal
Departure/End time
Time required
About 8 hours
About 20 km
Price per person
17,800 yen (for groups of 4 people or more)
20,500 yen (3 people)
26,500 yen (2 people)
44,000 yen (1 person) Solo visitors welcome!
Inclusive of
Guide fee, rental bike fee, admission fee, liability and accident insurance, lunch
helmets, rain gear, original cycling map
Recommended for
People who want to get the most out of their time, people interested in cultural heritage
・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.

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