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Kyoto cycling tour project

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Address: 552-13, Higashiaburanokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8235, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-354-3636
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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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A way to see a side of Kyoto like none other

Throughout my entire tour of Japan I find it hard to recall a memory more breathtaking than cycling through a small back street and being surprised with the Arashi yama mountain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Toru M

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Throughout my entire tour of Japan I find it hard to recall a memory more breathtaking than cycling through a small back street and being surprised with the Arashi yama mountain view out of no where. Hideki san took us on a 3..5 hour cycling tour of the Northern region of Kyoto and all of the beautiful temples and natural... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I booked a full day tour with Kyoto cycling Tour Project. It was amazing and the tour covered a substantial part of temples, architecture and places of interest in the western part of Kyoto. My guide Keiko Sumida was fantastic! She's very knowledgable and explained in detail the history of all the places we visited. Keiko also commented on the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We chose this tour as it was highly recommended on TripAdvisor and we did our research to find the best tour. Finding the place was easy, the bikes were great and the bike route was fine. Our tour guide Yuko was lovely and friendly but her English was not of a tour guide standard and knowledge of the sites was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We did that Backstreet tour with Hiro and loved the ease and fun of cycling through the city. There are so many quiet little streets and Hiro did a great job of getting us through intersections that it felt very easy and safe. You cover so much ground this way without having to hassle with public transportation. Bikes were good... More 

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Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

My wife and I booked a full day tour with Kyoto Cycling Tour Project and it was amazing. Our guide Keiko was fantastic. We couldn't have had a better time, Keiko did a great job explaining the history and significants of everything we saw. Midway through the day Keiko suggested we stop for lunch at a wonderful little eatery called... More 

1 Thank Johnnyrob1
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who visits Kyoto. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and the ride itself would cater to many different fitness levels. If you want to see a side of Kyoto that you might otherwise miss then this tour is a must. Special thanks to our guide Hideki for giving us a truly... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Last August we went back to Kyoto and we were lucky enough to secure another tour with Keiko-san. It was our second tour with her and it was just amazing. We had 4 hours of cycling around Kyoto and lots of fun with her. If you are thinking about doing this, please do. It will not require a lot of... More 

Thank deli m
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The best tour that you can imagine! We do The golden tour and it's amazing! Keiko was our guide and she is funny and kind... It was a pleassure! Do not think... Just book with they and meet The city ridding a bike!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

On their website, it says that they recommend users to book the bikes before but it was not necessary for myself and two other friends of mine. We rented bicycles easily near the shop next to the station with fairly cheap price (for whole day, before 7pm though). Kyoto is indeed a big city but it is downhill when going... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

My family of 5 took the Kinkaku Arashiyama Golden Cycling Tour on Aug 1, 2015. Bicycling around Kyoto was a wonderful way to not only see the sites that we wanted to on the tour, and receive insightful information from our tour guide, Hideki, but also get to bike through residential streets and different areas of Kyoto that we wouldn't... More 

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Staying in Shimogyo-ku

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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.