Take to the streets of Kyoto on two wheels. Get a different perspective of Japan's cultural capital while cycling through historic neighbourhoods and scenic side streets. Encounter scenes of daily life, discover hidden gems away from the usual tourist trail and stop to visit Kyoto's remarkable UNESCO-heritage sites.
MEALS [ L ]
Then cycle to Nijo Castle, one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage sites. Take a tour through this massive compound, stopping to admire its intricately painted sliding doors and unusual 'chirping' floors. Learn about the history of the castle and the symbolic meaning of its architecture.
Take a break for a quick lunch before returning to the bikes for a ride to Kinkaku-ji Temple. This beautiful structure was built as a retirement village of a shogun but, after his death, was converted into a Zen Buddhist temple. The top two floors are covered in gold leaf, creating a resplendent image that is reflected in the temple's tranquil pond.
Adjacent to Kinkaku-ji is another Zen Buddhist temple called Ryoan-ji. Ryoan-ji is home to one of Japan's most famous rock gardens. Gaze upon this tranquil site while the guide explains the various legends associated with its origin.
Return to the bikes for one last visit. Pedal to scenic Arashiyama, an area famous for its bamboo forest, massive temples and vibrant alleyways. Spend time exploring this colourful neighbourhood before returning to central Kyoto where the tour concludes.
Journey:approx. 20 km
Our services include:
-speaking cycling guide
– Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
– All applicable entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
– Accident insurance
Our services do not include:
– International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
– Transfers to and from the meeting place/starting point
– Meals other than mentioned above
– Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
– Travel insurance
– Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
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