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Kyoto
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With its Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, Japanese gardens, local gastronomic delights, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kyoto is the cultural and historical soul of Japan.
A well-preserved and charming city, Kyoto offers a taste of old Japan. It is famously home to more than 2,000 shrines and temples, highlighting the cultural and architectural influence of Japan's two main religions—Shintoism, the country's native spiritual belief, and Buddhism, which was imported from China and Central Asia. The city also features many lush classical gardens, a meditative art form that has helped define the aesthetics of Japan for centuries. Kyoto's scenic Gion District, with its historic housing structures, shrines and temples, and geishas and kabuki, provide a glimpse into Japan's cultural history and traditional daily life. Near Gion is Kyoto's Nishiki Market, where visitors can sample traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku, including foods like pickled vegetables, squid and quail eggs, and Japanese tea sweets. Immerse yourself in Kyoto's many delights with Context's private and small group guided tours.

Want more than a tour in Kyoto? Talk to our expert planners about custom and multi-day options at +1 (800) 691-8328. 
Synchronized Spirituality: Shinto & Buddhism
3 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Synchronized Spirituality: Shinto & Buddhism

Kiyomizu-dera, Yasaka Shrine, and Kennin-ji

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$320 and up
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$94/pp
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Gion Night Tour: Exploring the Geisha District
2 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Gion Night Tour: Exploring the Geisha District

Hanami-koji, Gion Kobu, Minamiza Kabuki Theater, and Shirakawa Canal

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$254 and up
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$75/pp
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Kyoto custom tours and trip planning starting at $754.
Kyoto Food Tour: Savoring Nishiki Market
3 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Food Tour: Savoring Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market

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$383 and up
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$100/pp
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Custom & Multi-Day Tour of Kyoto
From 1 Day to 6+ Days • Kyoto, Japan

Custom & Multi-Day Tour of Kyoto

Your choice of sites

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$754 and up
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Beyond Zen: Kyoto Garden Tour
3 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Beyond Zen: Kyoto Garden Tour

Ryoan-ji, Ninna-ji, and Golden Pavilion

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$320 and up
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$94/pp
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Arashiyama Tour
4 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Arashiyama Tour

Jojakko-ji Temple, Tenryu-ji Temple , Bamboo Grove, and Sogenchi Gardens

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$451 and up
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Kyoto in a Day, with Context
8 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto in a Day, with Context

Kiyomizu-dera, Nishiki Market, and Your choice of sites

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$1,057 and up
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Journey to Tranquility: Nara Day Trip
5.5 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Journey to Tranquility: Nara Day Trip

Kofuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, and Todai-ji

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$767 and up
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$226/pp
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Introduction to Kyoto: The Story of Kyoto
3 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Introduction to Kyoto: The Story of Kyoto

Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

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$353 and up
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Full-Day Hiroshima Excursion from Kyoto
8 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Full-Day Hiroshima Excursion from Kyoto

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Atomic Bomb Dome, Miyajima Island, and Itsukushima Shrine

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$1,535 and up
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Kyoto Tour for Kids: World of Samurai
2 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Tour for Kids: World of Samurai

Daitoku-ji and Nijo Castle

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$294 and up
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Secret Paths of Fushimi Inari
3.5 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Secret Paths of Fushimi Inari

Sennyuji and Fushimi Inari

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$405 and up
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Philosopher's Path Tour
3 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Philosopher's Path Tour

Honen-in, Eikan-do, and Philosopher's Path

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$316 and up
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Kyoto Briefing: Coffee and Stroll with a Local Expert
2 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Briefing: Coffee and Stroll with a Local Expert

Your neighborhood

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$257 and up
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The Way of Tea
2.5 hrs • Kyoto, Japan

The Way of Tea

Local Tea Studio

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$257 and up
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Kyoto Private and Guided Tours

While our private and small group guided tours in Kyoto range from history to cuisine, they remain consistent in our commitment to quality. When you join a Context tour in Kyoto, you will visit Nishiki Market on our Kyoto Food Tour, take a day trip to Nara with a historian, or explore the Gion district with a Buddhist monk. Some other popular tours include our Kyoto Gardens Tour, which features a visit to Ryoanji Temple. For something a little different try our Japanese Tea Ceremony or Kyoto at Night Tour. However you approach it, our private and small group guided tours in Kyoto and expertise combine to help put the vibrant city into Context.
What Context Kyoto Travelers Say
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John was super informative organized and a pleasure to learn from
Kana was absolutely wonderful. Her deep knowledge--including some from her own experience--and kind manner made our tour engaging and very enjoyable. Her respectful approach to the district was also noteworthy, and it was nice to be in a small group so that each person could ask questions.
What you did right: You selected a Japanese and English speaker who is a scholar of Japanese history and, as such, was a reliable informant on the background of Kyoto’s Gion district, its tea houses, and the function of geikos/geishas. Because our guide, Janusz translated Japanese to English, we English speakers could better appreciate the geiko and maiko performance which was added to our private tour upon our request. Need to improve: better communication systems directly with our guide, as we had gotten lost when our taxi driver dropped us off at the wrong spot, and if we'd had a way to directly communicate with our guide (instead of going through a 3rd party telephone system), we would have found the right place more quickly. As a consequence, we almost missed our appointment time for the geiko/maiko performance start time.