Your day-by-day itinerary

View of a street with restaurants in Kyoto, Japan

Day 1

Arrival in Kyoto

You’ll arrive in Kyoto by train (it’s the best way to get around Japan after all). From here you’ll make your own way to your accommodation near the centre of the city. In the evening we recommend heading out to one of the traditional restaurants; there are plenty to choose from in Kyoto! Then wash it down with some local sake, we think warmed sake is the best.

Product Specialist Sophia cycling in Kyoto

Day 2

Morning Bike Tour

This morning you’ll head out to meet your English-speaking guide and hop on your bike. Cycling through the back streets feels like a world (and century) away from the car-congested highways. You’ll visit the old entertainment districts with their wooden houses and make a stop at Shinto shrines with their Torri gates. You’ll finish at Kyoto station at about 1pm, giving you the rest of the day to do as you please.

Red temple in kyoto with a man walking in the distance

Day 3


Today we’ll arrange your transport to your next destination. If you have time, it’s worth heading up to Fushimi Inari Taisha where you can walk beneath the row upon row of red torri gates. Or, head back to the old entertainment districts and, if you’re lucky, perhaps spot a geisha picking her way along the streets in towering geta sandals. Kyoto is a great city to extend your stay in; just let us know if you’d like to.

Add more experiences in Kyoto

Add more experiences in Kyoto

  • Geisha women in Kyoto Japan
  • Staff member Fiona in a ramen restaurant in Kyoto eating noodles
  • Travel specialist Paul standing in amongst the bamboo forest of Arashiyama
  • Add more experiences in Kyoto
  • Japanese lanterns hanging from a Kyoto temple
  • Add more experiences in Kyoto

Kyoto is a great city with lots to history and culture to explore. If you would like help planning your time here we’ve got a whole host of excursions for you to maximise your experience.

Here’s a few to start with:

Cooking Class in Machiya Townhouse, Samurai Sword Experience, Afternoon Tea with a Geisha, Traditional Crafts Tour, Kibune Hiking, Tea Ceremony, Gardens Tour and Kyoto by Night. 

Let our Travel Specialist guide you through the options available to book as part of your itinerary.

Prices from: £ 115 - per person

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