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The Perfect Tour of Kyoto: By Bike or On Foot!

See the city from a whole new perspective!

Summary

This new, guided tour of Kyoto is ideal for visitors who want to see the real Kyoto from the ground up! Now being offered by the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, and starting right at our doorstep, there is no better way to see the real Kyoto. For first time visitors or even old hands, this is a wonderful way to learn about our ancient city.
Kyoto people will tell you that there is no better way to enjoy the best of Kyoto than by walking or biking. Kyoto is an ancient city filled with narrow lanes and charming back streets that ooze history. Where buses or even cars cannot go, you can go with our walking/biking tours.

To make sure you don't miss anything, a professional English-speaking guide who will be a fascinating source of information from an informed personal perspective, will accompany you. You can simply leave your guidebooks and maps in your suitcase. With this tour you won't need them!! While your tour is designed to take you to some of the city’s most cherished and revered sites, the real beauty is that you will have a guide who will add the kind of dimension and perspective you could never hope to get were you to do a walking or biking tour on your own.
We are pleased to offer these tours (as follows) as a part of a special program our hotel is offering our guests. Since the tour has to be confirmed by the hotel, reservations are on an inquiry basis.

The tours available now are:

Cycling tours:

The following tours were exclusively programmed for the Hotel Granvia Kyoto and are run by the Kyoto Cycling Tour Project. ( http://www.kctp.net/en/index.html) (KCTP)

1.World Heritage Sites and Gion Cycling Tour
This is a wonderful tour taking you to two World Heritage sites and through the lovely old Gion district with its charming streets and fascinating architecture. It is a step back in time to the Kyoto of yore. You’ll stroll along the famed Shirakawa Canal, traverse cobblestoned streets, and visit a cherished old Shinto Shrine where Kyotoites come to pray for finding a good partner or breaking off from a bad one. There are plenty of craft and souvenir shops to visit as well.

  • Approx riding distance/duration: 13.5km (8.38 mile) / 1h 20min
  • Tour duration:6 hrs.

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Price:

This tour program starts from JPY15,000 per person (based on two persons touring together) and includes the following:

  • One cycling tour during your stay with an English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • A rental bicycle
  • Admission to Kiyomizu Temple and Nijo Castle
  • Lunch
  • Accident insurance

Price Chart:

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2. Uniquely Kyoto Cycling Tour

Uniquely Kyoto Course This fascinating tour takes you beyond some of the major historical sites to the cultural side of Kyoto. You will enjoy such traditions as tea ceremony, textile production, and Yuzen dyeing. At the last stop of the tour, you will be able to create your own T-shirt using Yuzen dyeing techniques. The Kyoto Cycling Tour Project has chosen this route because it is not only a great ride, but takes you through parts of the city not generally known to tourists.

  • Approx riding distance/duration: 20.5km (12.7mile) / 2h
  • Tour duration: 7 hrs.

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Price:

This tour program starts from JPY19,000 per person (based on two persons touring together) and includes the following:

  • One cycling tour during your stay with an English-speaking licensed tour guide,
  • A rental bicycle
  • Admission to Sanju Sangendo temple, the Raku Museum, and Shiori-An
  • The fee for Marumasa Nishimura Kyo-yuzen dyeing
  • Lunch
  • Accident insurance

Price Chart:

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3.Kyoto Half-Day Cycling Tour - Off the Beaten Path !

 

Step off the beaten path and revel in the discovery of the true daily life of Kyotoites !This short, half-day cycling course will take you off the beaten path and into the quaint local streets of Kyoto. Besides visiting the amazing Sanjusangendo Temple, you will visit the historic ‘Gion’ district, passing by the beautiful Shirakawa stream. After cycling further up to the Heian Shrine, the tour will conclude at the famous historic Nishiki Market, affectionately known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’. After that, you will be on your own to meander through this fascinating food market and enjoy the thrill of picking up delicious local finger foods that are guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. Just leave your guidebook behind and feel the local breeze of Kyoto with this splendid half-day private cycling tour.

  • Approx riding distance/duration: 9.3km (5.7mile) /1h 10min
  • Tour duration: 3h 30min
  • Starting Times: 09:30 AM and 1:30 PM

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Price:

This tour program starts from JPY9,000 per person (based on two persons touring together) and includes the following:

  • One 3.5-hour cycling tour with an English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • A well-maintained rental bicycle
  • Admission to Sanjusangendo Temple
  • Accident insurance

Price Chart:

Click here for details [PDF]

For Reservations:

  • Please make an accommodation booking by accessing the “Reservation” page, “Reservation” page, select a check-in date and proceed the booking.
  • Fill out “Comments and Special Requests” Form to submit your request for a tour program. Please write the name of the tour, numbers of participants and preferred date.We will get back to you shortly with availability and details of the requested program.

Conditions:

  • Cancellation policy: Following percentage of the above rate is to be charged for cancellation.
    Failure to show: 100%
    On the day of the tour: 80%
    A day prior to the day of the tour: 40%
    Two days prior to the day of the tour: 30%
  • Payment: Prepayment upon check-in
  • Please read " Terms and Conditions " to book this tour.

GINRIN VERSION4

The Original Comfort Bike, specially designed based on customers’ voice collected by the cycling tour company, “Kyoto Cycling Tour Project (KCTP)”. The specialty of the KCTP bike is “Inter 8”, 8-speed shifters and high-tech “W-Roller Brake” which is well known for their high quality in all over the world. Kyoto is a very flat and well organized city, this ideal bike will enhance your “Stop and Go” cycling experience in Kyoto more safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

Walking tours:

The following tours are run daily by Japan Holiday Tours (Nippon Travel Agency)

1. Kyoto Afternoon Walking Tour

Walking Kyoto Afternoon The Kyoto Golden Course takes you to several of the must-see places in the city including Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Yasaka Shrine and the Gion District. This is the perfect tour for first time visitors.

  • Approx. walking distance: 3.5 km (2.17mile)
  • Tour Duration: 4 hrs
  • Tour starts at: 13:45

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JPY4,800 per person.
The rate for children 6-year to 11-year old is less JPY1,200.
This walking tour program includes the following:

  • One walking tour during your stay with an English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • Admission fees for Kiyomizu Temple, and Kodaiji Temple

Price Chart:

Click here for details [PDF]

For Reservations:

  • Please make an accommodation booking by accessing the “Reservation” page, “Reservation” page, select a check-in date and proceed the booking.
  • Fill out “Comments and Special Requests” Form to submit your request for a tour program. Please write the name of the tour, numbers of participants and preferred date.We will get back to you shortly with availability and details of the requested program.

Conditions:

  • Cancellation policy: Following percentage of the above rate is to be charged for cancellation.
    Failure to show: 100%
    Prior to the starting time of the tour : 80%
    2 days prior to the day of the tour: 20%
    7 days to 3 days prior to the day of the tour: 10%
  • Payment: Prepayment upon check-in
  • Please read " Terms and Conditions " to book this tour.

2. Nara Morning Walking Tour

Walking Tour Nara Morning We also are offering a walking tour of the nearby city of Nara.

Nara was capital of Japan in the 8th century, which historically was one of the most important periods in Japanese history, for it is during this time the Buddhism was brought into the country from China and was embraced and flourished. A small city, Nara is home to some of the most famous temples in the country, as well as a wonderful park and myriad museums. Its various treasure houses are repositories of some of the finest Buddhist relics in the country. To get to Nara, you will take a train from Kyoto Station (40 min.).

  • Approx. walking distance: 4.5 km (2.79mile)
    Tour Duration: 4.5 hrs Tour starts at: 08:30 am

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Price: JPY5,800 per person.
The rate for children 6-year to 11-year old is less JPY1,100.
This walking tour Program includes the following:

  • One walking tour during your stay with an English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • Admission fees for Todaiji Temple, and Kofukuji Temple.
  • Round trip transportation fee between Kyoto and Nara

Price Chart:

Click here for details [PDF]

For Reservations:

  • Please make an accommodation booking by accessing the “Reservation” page, “Reservation” page, select a check-in date and proceed the booking.
  • Fill out “Comments and Special Requests” Form to submit your request for a tour program. Please write the name of the tour, numbers of participants and preferred date.We will get back to you shortly with availability and details of the requested program.

Conditions:

  • Cancellation policy: Following percentage of the above rate is to be charged for cancellation. Failure to show: 100%
    Prior to the starting time of the tour : 80%
    2 days prior to the day of the tour: 20%
    7 days to 3 days prior to the day of the tour: 10%
  • Payment: Prepayment upon check-in
  • Please read " Terms and Conditions " to book this tour.

For further inquiries, please contact: Overseas Marketing, Hotel Granvia Kyoto.

Tel: +81-75-344-8888; Fax: +81-75-344-4400;
e-mail: osm@granvia-kyoto.co.jp

Fax: +81-75-344-4400;