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The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto

The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
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The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
$64.50
Overview

Kyoto is famous for its tofu, sake, and tea because of the crystal-clear water that flows underneath it. Come on this cycling tour to discover (and taste!) Kyoto’s hidden wells and their hidden stories of love and heartbreak. You’ll also explore an ancient shrine and its forest, pass by the Imperial Palace, weave through the narrow streets of the city, and wander by a geisha street.

What to Expect
We meet at Friends Kyo, a backpacker hostel in Gion, where you can drop off any heavy bags and visit the washroom before we start at 2pm sharp. We'll pick up the bicycles from a bike rental 1 minute away, and start cycling up the Kamo River. On the Kamo river you'll have a chance to dip your toes into the clear river water. Then we will cycle into a 2000-year-old shrine surrounded by an ancient forest to find the source of the water for the Kamo River, before heading to other hidden wells around the city.

You will also learn about Kyoto's water trade. We'll weave through a former red light district, and make a brief stop at the headquarters of the notorious yakuza. You'll also get a glimpse of the floating world of the geishas and maikos of Kyoto.

Then we will return to the meeting point to have tea made from the well water we collected. In the summer we'll have cold-brewed tea on the faux grass-covered rooftop overlooking Kenninji Temple, Kyoto's oldest zen temple, and in the winter we'll have hot tea indoors.
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1 - 5 of 11 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great afternoon cycling with Lee

We are a family of four with two boys 10 and 12 who booked the tour hoping to get an introduction to the less well known side of Kyoto with a local guide. We got all that and more! Lee is extremely knowledgeable and took...More

Thank Mark W
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Mark! Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and the tea. :) Don't forget to drink the Kumano Kodo tea in a year's time!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A fantastic touring experience!

Thank you so much, Lee, for a wonderful private cycling tour of the back streets and hidden gems of Kyoto! This was a truly wonderful and fascinating tour. Lee was an outstaning guide and very generous host. This tour is a must for anyone travelling...More

1  Thank Andrew S
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Andrew! Thanks for the review. Hope you're recovering from all the sun indoors in Tokyo!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
What an amazing tour!

I did both the cycling and the Inari tours with this company. I can not recommend them enough! Lee is an endless source of information about the sites and the history in Kyoto. I asked him many things relating to Japanese culture and he always...More

2  Thank kaccomaz
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Katie, thanks for coming on both the tours. I had fun taking photos too. Hope to see you again soon, either in Brazil or here in Kyoto. :)

Reviewed July 9, 2018
Never a dull moment!

Friendly and knowledgeable guide, full of local information and delightfully chatty. Although rain caused us to pause our tour, we were never bored as Lee filled us in on many different aspects of Japanese history which he had obviously researched with real passion. If you're...More

Thank Mikala B
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Thanks Mikala! Glad you liked the tour!

Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile
Best Cycling tour in kyoto !

Greatful to join this guided cycling tour with Lee XJ, it was truly amazing way to explore the hidden wells in kyoto. Worry that you can't cycle for long distance? Fear not ! The cycling pace is really good for everyone that can cycle. There's...More

1  Thank Samuel C
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Thanks Samuel! Glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you in Kyoto again sometime soon!

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