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Kyoto Cycling Tour Project

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Address: Kyoto 600-8235, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-354-3636

A city where is full with history and culture. In such a city, ancient...

A city where is full with history and culture. In such a city, ancient traditional daily practices are remained in the backstreets, where usually not put in travel guide books. KCTP cycling tour leads you to explore those Kyoto’s chessboard like backstreet’s culture and custom with professional English speaking guides. Probably, it is the slowest cycling tour in the world, so even senior has no hesitate to join. Let’s explore Kyoto’s little treasure together!

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Best way to see Kyoto

We purchased a map for 100 yen and directed ourselves. It was easy to get around. The bikes all worked well and childrens helmets are free. The baskets handy for your bags. I did... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We purchased a map for 100 yen and directed ourselves. It was easy to get around. The bikes all worked well and childrens helmets are free. The baskets handy for your bags. I did not see any adults wearing helmets. Would suggest wearing gloves as it is cool in Jan. Bikes had lights. Cycle by the river dedicated walking and... More 

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Shibuya, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

If you like this kind of activity please come and try! Fun for the whole family. My Children loved it so much!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We did a morning Kinkaku Arashiyama Golden tour with Hiro and really enjoyed. The sites were really busy due to Autumn season but Hiro really did his best to not let the crowds get in the way of our tour. Mostly flat riding and some hills in and out of bamboo forest. It wasn't cheap as it was only two... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We rode with a private tour guide and she was fantastic! She answered all our questions and it was very informative and fun! The ride was mostly flat with some hills, but overall easy. We did the back street tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Just finished the western tour with Naoko. Our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly and accommodating. It was expensive but definitely worth it. Would recommend as a great way to see the sights and also get some exercise which was needed after a week of gluttonous eating in Japan.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We were looking at this place initially for a tour, and we sort of left it to the day of to decide whether to do a tour or just rent bikes. As it went, we didn't get to the station/rental place til after noon, so we just rented bikes for the afternoon and used our phone to GPS us around... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We had only 2 days in Kyoto and decided to spend part of this time on the KINKAKU ARASHIYAMA GOLDEN TOUR. We weren't disappointed. We booked very last minute and they were able to arrange a tour for just the 2 of us. Keiko was a wonderful guide. She was very caring and knowledgeable- she knew the best spots to... More 

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Syracuse NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We spent the day cycling the western sites (Golden Temple, Nijojo Castle, Bamboo forest, etc). We found the cycling to be the best way to see these sites as they are not within walking distance of one another. If you don't bike, you would have to do it by taxi or by tour bus. Our guide was very knowledgeable and... More 

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Osan, South Korea
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

My friend and I took the backstreet tour throughout Kyoto. It was just ok. The riding was easy but we were very disappointed to ride by and/or stand outside the tour highlights. The tour felt very shallow.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

I booked this trip for a group of 5 and a couple were a bit shocked at the price. Having said that, at the end of the day everyone agreed that it was the best thing we did in Japan. It's a great way to tour around - and quite easy to ride through Kyoto (traffic is fine). Having your... More 

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