Top 35 Things to do in Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is one of Japan’s most enchanting cities. Located on the island of Honshu, this wondrous city is a mixture of old-world charm and modern progression. It is easy to find an abundance of fun things to do in Kyoto, and it is simple to get a map of the city to find out where the best Kyoto activities are located. You can find terrific deals on Kyoto travel packages including flights, hotel rooms, and Kyoto tours on Expedia.

Afternoon Walking Tour of Kyoto Temples & Shrines
Spend an afternoon discovering some of the of Kyoto's intriguing cultural sites including famous temples, a sacred shrine, and traditional geisha houses. These beautiful attractions will transport you to a different era in Kyoto's history and offer you an unforgettable... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$51
per Adult

Arashiyama Walking Tour
Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and historic landmarks of Arashiyama on this afternoon outing to one of Kyoto's most breathtaking districts. Walk through a magical bamboo forest, wander the gardens of a 14th-century temple, and catch glimpses of colorful... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per Adult

Full-Day Kyoto Excursion from Osaka
Enjoy a peaceful, quiet journey from Osaka to Kyoto, a charming city on the Japanese island of Honshu. Board a comfortable bus equipped with a helpful foreign language support system, ensuring you don't miss a minute of the information available... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

14 hours 20 minutes

$74
per Adult

Full-Day Kyoto Excursion from Tokyo
Board the fastest train in Japan for quick transport from Tokyo to Kyoto. Kyoto is renowned for its 3 famous temples—Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera—on this tour you get to explore each. Then, from your comfortable seat in the coach, listen... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

14 hours 20 minutes

$348
per Adult

Full-Day Walking Tour of Nara & Kyoto
Delve into Japan's spiritual heritage and rich cultural past on a walking tour through Nara and Kyoto. Visit UNESCO-listed temples, meander through centuries-old, deer-filled gardens, and learn about the lifestyles of the geisha in the tranquil Gion District. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$113
per Adult

Fushimi & Uji Walking Tour
Soak up the history and spirituality of Fushimi and Uji on this morning walking tour. Walk through the striking gallery of 1,000 orange torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, stand before the golden Buddha at the UNESCO-listed Byodoing Temple,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per Adult

Japanese Gardens & Miniature Landscapes Tour
Immerse yourself in the ultimate garden design experience with a small-group tour led by a scholar in Japanese art and history. Wander along miniature landscapes and admire the balance, precision, and beauty of each creation in Muromachi- and Heian period-influenced... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$117
per Traveler

Kimono Rental & Subway Pass
Have you ever wanted to get dressed up in a kimono and explore Kyoto? With this 1-day rental, select your head-to-toe outfit from hundreds of kimono options. Get dressing tips from an expert and use a convenient 1-day pass to... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

$68
per Adult

Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji & Kiyomizu-dera Temple Tour
Experience the splendid old city of Kyoto, home to hundreds of unique temples where various sects of Buddhist monks congregate. Visit the 3 most famous temples in Kyoto—Kinkaku-ji Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple, and Kiyomizu-dera Temple—while learning about their historical significance. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

$56
per Adult

Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera & Kodai-ji Temple Tour
Discover the serene beauty of Kyoto, a charming town featuring over 1,000 Buddhist temples and surrounded by mountains. Visit 3 of the most popular and significant temples—Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Kodai-ji—and learn what makes them stand out among the crowd. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

$50
per Adult

Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour
Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$142
per Adult

Kyoto Afternoon Tour
Explore some of the most celebrated shrines and temples in the historic city of Kyoto. A knowledgeable guide leads your afternoon tour to several of Kyoto’s hallowed locations, and along age-old streets for a unique shopping opportunity. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$57
per Adult

Kyoto Full-Day Tour
Spend a full day discovering the best sights Kyoto has to offer, including grand castles and sacred temples. These spectacular attractions make your time in Kyoto an unforgettable experience. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours 15 minutes

Free cancellation

$127
per Adult

Kyoto Morning Tour
Wander through the royal gardens and majestic interiors of Kyoto’s famous castles and palaces. Get a glimpse of the historic lifestyles of imperial Kyoto on this guided morning tour, and marvel at the beautifully landscaped gardens and traditional architecture. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$62
per Adult

Lakeside Electric Bike Ride & Bento Lunch at Local Home
Pedal along the shores of Lake Biwa on this leisurely cycling adventure that takes you through the tranquil rural landscape of Japan. Ride effortlessly on an electric bike on trails that boast stunning views and enjoy a delicious homemade bento... Read More

$145
per Adult

Local Farm Visit with Mochi Rice Cake Making & Lunch
Journey to a quaint village covered with terraced rice fields and learn how to make delicious mochi rice cakes in the home of a local couple. Take pleasure in a delightful lunch of authentic Japanese cuisine and taste the sweet... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$126
per Adult

Morning Walking Tour of Nara
Immerse yourself in the tranquility and historic of Nara, taking the train from Kyoto to stroll around UNESCO-listed temples, deer-filled parks, and Buddhist statues. Along the way, listen to your guide share insight into the area's spiritual heritage and cultural... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$63
per Adult

Nara Afternoon Tour
Embark on an afternoon trip from Kyoto to the neighboring city of Nara, where you explore a temple that contains Japan's largest Buddha. Tame deer greet you on the verdant grounds of a city center park, and you get a... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$71
per Adult

Prepaid Nano or Micro SIM Card for Japan
Enjoy your vacation in Japan while staying connected to the internet. Japan has relatively poor Wi-Fi infrastructure, especially outside of the big cities, so the best way to stay connected is through a prepaid, easy-to-set up SIM card that lets... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

7 days

Free cancellation

$29
per Traveler

Private 2-Day Ohara & Mt. Heizan Tour
On this private tour see Sanzen-in temple and visit one of the most important monasteries in Japanese history, Enryaku-ji. These spectacular sites are sure to make your 2-day tour from Kyoto a memorable excursion. Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

Free cancellation

$616
per Traveler

Private Full-Day City Bike Tour
Discover the true beauty of the city while cycling through the streets of Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Coast along Katsura River to Arashiyama and visit the World Heritage Sites of Tenryu-ji temple and Shimogamo Shrine. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$115
per Traveler

Private Fushimi Shrine & Sake Tour
On this short tour discover the significant shrine of Fushimi Inari Shrine and visit a sake brewery to learn the history of making sake and sample the popular fermented alcoholic drink. With your own private guide, these spectacular attractions make... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$54
per Traveler

Private Minibus: Kansai Airport (KIX)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Kansai International Airport (KIX) and your hotel in the comfort of a minibus. For transfers to and from Kansai International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour

Free cancellation

$339
per Vehicle

Private Minivan: Kansai Airport (KIX)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Kansai International Airport (KIX) and your hotel in the comfort of a minivan. For transfers to and from Kansai International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour

Free cancellation

$304
per Vehicle

Private Minivan: Kansai International Airport (KIX)-Kyoto
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Kansai International Airport and your Kyoto hotel in the comfort of a minivan. For transfers to and from Kansai International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

2 hours

Free cancellation

$241
per Vehicle

Private Minivan: Osaka International Airport (ITM) - Kyoto
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Osaka International Airport and your Kyoto hotel in the comfort of a minivan. For transfers to and from Osaka International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour

Free cancellation

$223
per Vehicle

Private Standard Car: Kansai Airport (KIX)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Kansai International Airport (KIX) and your hotel in the comfort of a standard car. For transfers to and from Kansai International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour

Free cancellation

$225
per Vehicle

Private Standard Car: Osaka International Airport (ITM) - Kyoto
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Osaka International Airport and your Kyoto hotel in the comfort of a standard car. For transfers to and from Osaka International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour

Free cancellation

$219
per Vehicle

Scholar-Led Nishiki Market Walking Tour
Explore the culinary delights of "Kyoto's Kitchen," Nishiki Market, famous for its fresh produce and specialty ingredients. Gain in-depth knowledge of washoku—traditional Japanese cuisine—and enjoy a typical lunch on this walking tour.

Nishiki Market is bustling with shoppers visiting... Read More

$144
per Traveler

Scholar-Led Shintoism & Buddhism Walking Tour
It has been said that, when it comes to religion, many Japanese are "born Shinto, die Buddhist. " Learn the history behind this phrase as you delve into the interconnectedness of Japanese religions. Explore the history and customs of both... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$110
per Traveler

Shared Shuttle: Kansai International Airport (KIX)-Kyoto
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Kansai International Airport and your Kyoto hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Kansai International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

2 hours

Free cancellation

$34
per Traveler

Small-Group Kyoto City of Culture Tour
Reflect on the culturally rich history of Kyoto—Japan's capital for more than 1,000 years—on this relaxed, guided stroll through the city. Gaze at the red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, soak up the stillness of Tofukuji Temple’s Zen gardens,... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$63
per Traveler

Small-Group Kyoto Cycling Tour
Climb on a bike and set off to discover the cultural and historical heart of Kyoto. Cycle down historic streets and by scenic waterways as you discover the city’s most famous and impressive shrines and temples. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$75
per Traveler

Takashima Cycling Tour & Rice Terraced Mountainside Village with Lunch
Pedal along the tranquil waters of Lake Biwa on a leisurely cycling adventure through the charming Takashima countryside. Visit inspiring Shinto shrines, and then make your way to a mountainside village to enjoy a homemade lunch in the private residence... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$174
per Adult

Zen Pilates at Lake Biwa with Lunch & Cooking Lesson
Free your body, mind, and spirit during a rewarding pilates session that takes place in a shrine overlooking beautiful Lake Biwa. A hands-on cooking class followed by a delicious and healthy lunch completes an experience that leaves you feeling renewed... Read More

$145
per Traveler

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