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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Stray from the beaten path on a Kyoto bike tour that reveals a side of the city that most first-time visitors miss. On this water-themed excursion, you’ll escape the city and follow a cycle path that runs alongside the Kamo River, to a 2,000-year-old shrine and an ancient forest.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Sunny Cycle- Bicycle Rent-(京都レンタサイクル サニーサイクル)
    692-7 Ishifudōnochō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8047, Japan
    We meet at Sunny Cycle, about 5 minutes away from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, to pick up our electric bikes.
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  • Pass by
    Sunny Cycle- Bicycle Rent-(京都レンタサイクル サニーサイクル)
  • 1
    Kanawa no Ido
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 2
    Kamogawa River
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Nashinoki Shrine
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Tadasu No Mori Grove
  • 4
    Shimogamo Jinja
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 5
    Nanzen-ji Temple
    Stop: 40 minutes
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  • 6
    Miyagawacho Kaburenjo
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Sunny Cycle- Bicycle Rent-(京都レンタサイクル サニーサイクル)
    692-7 Ishifudōnochō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8047, Japan
    We meet at Sunny Cycle, about 5 minutes away from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, to pick up our electric bikes.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Get off the tourist trail on a water-themed bike tour
  • Explore rural parts of Kyoto that are inaccessible by motorized vehicles
  • Cycle without breaking a sweat on an electric bicycle
  • Visit landmarks that attract fewer crowds than in Kyoto center
Important Information
Departure Point
Sunny Cycle- Bicycle Rent-(京都レンタサイクル サニーサイクル), 692-7 Ishifudōnochō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8047, Japan
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Bicycle rental (Electric bike)
  • Wireless receiver with earpiece - every participant will get a wireless receiver to hear explanations without having to stop and strain to listen.
Exclusions
  • Optional offerings to shrines and wells (bring a couple of ¥5 coins)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 16 years, for safety reasons
  • We will be taking bike paths most of the time, but will have to cycle alongside cars for short segments. You must be confident in your cycling skills to join this cycling tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The electric pedal-assist bikes are for people no taller than 185cm (6ft)
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Sarah T wrote a review Feb 2020
Canberra, Australia17 contributions2 helpful votes
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We absolutely loved this bike tour around Kyoto. The electric bikes made it so easy to ride, we learnt a lot about the history of the city and went places we wouldn’t normally have gone to. Would recommend this tour for anyone wanting to explore, understand the history and
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from crafttabby, Manager at The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Thank you for coming on the tour!
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Brandon Violette wrote a review Dec 2019
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Our guide, Gulay, was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about sharing Kyoto’s sights with us. No better way to see the streets of Kyoto. So much fun, and always very safe. It’s a must.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from crafttabby, Manager at The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
Responded Jan 21, 2020
Thank you! Hope to see you in Kyoto again soon!
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Love2travel wrote a review Nov 2019
Sunshine Coast, Australia97 contributions21 helpful votes
This was a great way to see some beautiful scenery of stunning Kyoto. Lee based the tour around the theme of water which was so important in establishing Kyoto. We were taken to a series of water sources (one being a 1000 year-old well that is still in use today) and were able
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from crafttabby, Manager at The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
Responded Jan 21, 2020
Thank you! It was fun riding with you too, and there's lot more of Kyoto to see, so come back soon!
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missydio wrote a review Nov 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia18 contributions4 helpful votes
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Lee was so engaging and knowledgeable on our private e-bike tour around Kyōto. Having just walked the Nakasendo Trail his insight into the richness and knowledge on the ever present water we encountered filled the gaps to my questions on our previous 3 day hike. His love of
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from crafttabby, Manager at The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
Responded Nov 17, 2019
Thanks Melissa! Glad you enjoyed the cycling tour. Hope you make it to the Kumano Kodo the next time you're here in Japan!
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Deborah wrote a review Oct 2019
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This tour was so much fun! The electric bikes and microphone/headsets made for very easy travel all over Kyoto. We visited many shrines, wells and waterways learning both history and folklore. Lee is an amazing guide with so much knowledge of the city itself and all its hidden
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from leexianjie, Manager at The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
Responded Oct 24, 2019
Thank you! Glad you had fun cycling around with me!
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Very professional virtual tour!!! Absolutely loved it!!
My husband and I participated in their virtual tour today. Lee is such an amazing guide. He is super knowledgeable
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Engaging and informative tour
I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in learning more about the history of Shinto and Buddhism in Jap
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Would like to take tour again
The Alternative Fushimi Inari tour our group took with Lee in October was one of the best experiences we had during
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Yes he is that good -He cares
The greaat thing about Lee is he doesn’t just conduct an interesting tour but he also tries to ensure that his clie
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Excellent in Every Way
Lee knows everything about Fushimi Inari and the people who live/work there. He is articulate, interesting, well a
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10,000 Vermillion Gates
Get away from the hordes of tourists aimlessly wandering the hundreds of shrines and temples in Kyoto and take the
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Lee is an expert with lots of passion!
6 hours felt like an hour thanks to Lee’s incredible knowledge and anecdotes. He’s an extremely interesting person
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Fushimi Inari insider
Travel buffs take note...You know that feeling of despair when you are at a popular yet inscrutable tourist attract
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Best tour ever!
If there’s one thing to do in Kyoto, make sure that this tour is on your list! We truly enjoyed ourselves on this t
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Incredible Tour
This was soooo interesting and fun. Lee was dynamic, engaging, and taught us really fascinating stuff about Japane
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Fascinating details beyond the well-trodden trail
Fushimi Inari is beautiful even if you don't know a thing about shrines or temples. But this tour takes you beneath
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Kira W
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Loved it
Lee was a fantastic, knowledgeable guide. I'm so glad we booked this and would not hesitate to recommend to friends
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Don’t think twice - book this tour!
My husband and I just finished this fantastic tour. Lee’s enthusiasm, extensive knowledge, and care for his guests
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Amazing Tour... very knowledgeable guide
The day was a rainy one but Lee our guide made up for it from the beginning He lend us umbrellas, he took the time
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Awesome tour of Fushimi Inari
Great tour with an awesome tour guide! Lee is so nice and he gives you lots of great information and takes you to c
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