Things to do 285 Kyoto Tours & Activities

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Results 1 - 36 of 285 Experiences

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Results 1 - 36 of 285 Experiences

  • Ayako Ayako

    Exclusive Private Ryoanji Temple Insider Tour

    Exclusive Private Ryoanji Temple Insider Tour I have been to Ryoanji Temple many times, but this time on a guided tour, I gained a new appreciation for it. As a person who never really thinks about history, learning about Ryoanji’s past and the background really helped me to feel the history of the place. I lost count the number of times a said “wow”! It was a very special experience, one that I wholeheartedly recommend for others, looking for a new way to appreciate Kyoto.

  • Ross Ross

    Exclusive Private Ryoanji Temple Insider Tour

    Exclusive Private Ryoanji Temple Insider Tour I have been to Ryoanji several times in my 15years in Japan. I have always enjoyed it; it is beautiful and very peaceful. I never thought about it in any other terms, that is until my last visit! We met a guide, from the temple who proceeded to show us around the more restricted areas and explain about the history and relevance of certain pieces of art. To say it was interesting is something of an understatement. I love history, so to hear about when and how Ryoanji started was an eye opener for me. And, more pertinent, was the explanation of the temple, which is usually off limits to tourists. Whenever I have visited Ryoanji in the past, I merely thought of it as a rock garden and little more. It is easy to overlook the fact that it is first and foremost a temple; a place of worship. Upon entering the temple section of the building, I was immediately filled with a sense of awe. I am not a religious person, however it was hard not to be moved by what we saw. Lining the walls on the passage way to the ‘altar’ for want of a better word, were the memorials for past temple parishioners. The way they had been memorialized was quite moving. This was a place if deep, intimate meaning for the locals, and it is easy to overlook this as a regular tourist.It was an honor and a privilege to be privy to such an important place, and for anyone with an appreciation of history and culture, it will be well worth the visit.

  • Manoj Manoj

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! I am so happy that I choose to do this experience with Master Taro he and his apprentices are very patient and show so much approval for you and your work throughout the process you can tell how loving they are working with you they won't let you get hurt or leave with a bad knife

  • Christine Christine

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! My husband and I both participated in a session with Taro making our own knives. The experience was absolutely amazing as we actually got to participate in all steps of the knife making/forging process. Taro was so helpful in explaining the techniques we should use for each step and provided perfect guidance along the way. His hospitality throughout the entire experience was amazing and I cannot recommend this experience enough.

  • Merlyn Merlyn

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! Making knives with Taro-san and his apprentices was a dream come true! Getting a chance to work alongside a master (and to see how amazing his skills are) is a rare opportunity. We made our own knives, as Taro-san quietly and patiently guided us through the process. It is well worth the trip out. Ask him about his philosophy - and how he is modernizing the world of sword making.

    You can see more of his studio's and visiting students' work on Instagram with the hashtag: #kniveswithtaro. Check it out!

    Note: We came from Osaka (~2 hours by car/train) and it was so worth it.

  • Susan Susan

    Buy Suica Card—Japan's Most Convenient Prepaid E-Money Card

    Buy Suica Card—Japan's Most Convenient Prepaid E-Money Card Picked this up at the airport after exiting arrivals restricted area. Just outside the gate at one of the counters nearby, easy to find following the instructions. Once you get the card, you just need to top it up at one of the ticket machines outside of any train station gate. All machines have English option so you can understand the steps very easy. It's pretty expensive to transit on JR and metro lines in Japan, so for 14 days I added a total of 12800 yen to the card and literally used it all. So make sure you include a transit amount in your budget if you get this card. But if you don't travel between stations a lot then you'll probably use it less. We walked mostly in Osaka, but traveled between stations a lot in Tokyo.

  • Mark Mark

    Reserve Kappo Sakamoto Michelin 1-Star Kaiseki in Kyoto

    Reserve Kappo Sakamoto Michelin 1-Star Kaiseki in Kyoto Our meal at Kappo Sakamoto was the best meal we had our entire vacation and we ate in several Michelin starred restaurants. The food was superb, our hosts delightful, and the ambience charming. Definitely in need of a second Michelin star!!

  • Sarah Patrishia Sarah Patrishia

    Reserve Jiki Miyazawa Michelin 1-Star Restaurant in Kyoto

    Reserve Jiki Miyazawa Michelin 1-Star Restaurant in Kyoto Booked a lunch course meal for my family and I on our last day in Kyoto. We were seated immediately, being the first ones there. The chefs were attentive to our needs and very easy to communicate with. The chefs also described the dishes very well, making every plate more enjoyable for us. The food was simply perfect—from their freshness, preparation that was like a performance to the presentation. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

  • Linda J Linda J

    JR Pass – 7, 14, or 21 Days Unlimited Rail Travel in Japan

    JR Pass – 7, 14, or 21 Days Unlimited Rail Travel in Japan I highly recommend taking the JR from Tokyo to Kyoto and exploring Arashiyama and Nara as well as the Temples and Shrines in Kyoto. Arashiyama features the bamboo forest and the Iwatayama Monkey Park . Nara is outstanding with the parks, gardens, temples, and above all, the deer. Apparently my Suica IC card fell out of my pocket while on the Shinkansen. I reported it to the JR lost and found office in Kyoto Station and the next day it was returned to me, completely charged. I was astounded. They were also very helpful with Kyoto map and teaching me how to take the bus to my hotel.

  • Megan Megan

    Half-day Morning Walking Tour of Nara from Kyoto by Train

    Half-day Morning Walking Tour of Nara from Kyoto by Train Hiro was a fantastic guide! This tour was informative, fun, and relaxed. The built in cost of tickets as well as a couple of short breaks made this casual tour very enjoyable. Hiro was even kind enough to document our tour in photos and send them to us via email! We would strongly recommend it!