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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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Highly recommend the Kyoto Backstreets Cycling tour

We had an excellent afternoon with our guide, Keiko, who took us through a range of sites around Kyoto. The highlight was the Geisha district and Keiko explaining to us about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had an excellent afternoon with our guide, Keiko, who took us through a range of sites around Kyoto. The highlight was the Geisha district and Keiko explaining to us about the Geisha culture. Keiko's English was excellent and she was only too happy to answer every question we had about Japanese culture, however weird the question was. It was... More 

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Rolleston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did this tour as a group of four and rate it very highly. It lived up to any expectations that we had. We saw a lot of the city and most certainly more that we could ever cover by foot. Out guide was excellent. I highly recommend this tour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yoku was a wonderful cycling guide. She was very informative and interesting, she knew all the backstreets and the history of the streets and what they had to offer. She was very concerned for our safety and welfare on the bike and in the traffic. She took us to a famous sweets factory which we never would have found on... More 

Thank Barry L
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We joined Hiro, our guide on a 3 hour back street cycling tour with our 2 girls, aged 11 and 13. He navigated through many narrow alleys, some busy traffic junctions, down the banks of some beautiful canals with crystal clear waters flowing through, the river, and the narrow streets of Gion and the wide gravel - covered and tree... More 

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Port Sorell, Tasmania, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Thank you thank you thank you Kitty. You were amazing! We booked the Kinkaku Arashiyama Golden Cycling Tour (afternoon section) and met Kitty at the Kinkakuji Cycle Terminal at 1pm. It was a bit hard to find as we missed a stop on the bus and had to back track. Kitty is a retired school teacher and was excellent in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A big thanks to Keiko our guide on the Back Street Tour - we thoroughly loved our experience and her knowledge and caring nature made it a wonderful trip. Well worth the money and a terrific introduction to Kyoto

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

We probably picked the best weather possible for our cycling tour and Mariko made it even better with her humbleness and welcoming nature. She took time to explain as much as she could to us and her English was some of the best we have encountered so far in Japan. My girlfriend and I did the back street tour which... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful time on our Back Street tour. Our guide, Yuko, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and willing to spend some extra time with us at the tour spots. This was a great way to see the city especially if you have limited time in Kyoto. We highly recommend!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

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 via mobile

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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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.