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The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto

Highlights
  • An off-the-beaten-track bicycle tour up the Kamo River
  • Get an insider’s perspective on the ancient heritage city as you discover unknown attractions
  • Learn about Kyoto’s water trade, its underground crime syndicate, and the world of geishas
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The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
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The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
From $65.13
Overview
Venture way off the tourist track and discover hidden gems on this water-themed Kyoto bike ride, which follows the Kamo River to explore under-the-radar sights. Step inside a 2,000-year-old shrine surrounded by ancient forest, see the underground headquarters of Japan’s notorious crime gangs, and enjoy a specially brewed tea made from well water collected during the ride.
What to Expect
Itinerary
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Pass By: Craft Tabby, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

Starting point

Stop At: Kamogawa River, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

We cycle up the Kamo River, the main river that flows through Kyoto City.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shimogamo Jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

One of Kyoto's 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the oldest shrine in Kyoto City.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nashinoki Shrine, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

A shrine with one of the oldest wells in Kyoto.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Nishiki Market Shopping District, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

Kyoto's kitchen, a long street where all the best ingredients can be found in the city.

Pass By: Teramachi-dori Street, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

One of Kyoto's longest shopping arcades.

Stop At: Kanawa no Ido, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

An ancient well with a dark story behind it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ichihime Shrine, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

A 700-year-old shrine with a well that the Imperial family has used for generations up to the present.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Miyagawacho Kaburenjo, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

The second largest geisha district in Kyoto.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Tadasu No Mori Grove, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

A thousand-year-old forest that is part of Shimogamo Shrine, a UNESCO site.
Reviews (15)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fascinating insights into hidden Kyoto

Lee is an amazingly knowledgeable guide, friendly and open to free-wheeling questions. He brings together knowledge of Kyoto's history, politics, ecology and religion, telling a compelling story about water. From springwater used to bathe imperial babies to sacred waters revealing your fortune — I learned...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CyclingCircles
leexianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing Kyoto through the lens of water!

Reviewed January 6, 2019
What a find!!

My fiancé and I loved this experience!! We so enjoyed biking with Lee, who was so kind and knowledgeable! It started pouring in the middle of our tour and Lee was able to redirect us a bit to get us under cover. We ended up...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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crafttabby, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2019

Thank you for coming on the bike tour and the kind review!

Reviewed September 10, 2018
100% recommend

This tour was easily the best organised and most interesting tour I've ever been on. (and i organise walking tours for a living hahaha.) My colleague recommended Xian Jie to me and I am SO GRATEFUL that I managed to go on his tour. He...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Aletheia_Tan
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hello Aletheia, thanks so much for coming. I hope to attend one of your tours back in Singapore, or meet you on the house-building project in summer next year!

Reviewed July 28, 2018 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

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Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2018

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 July 20, 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2018

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

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matthewcohen
March 13, 2019|
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Response from leexianjie | Property representative |
Hi Matthew, there was a technical problem with TripAdvisor's availability. You should be able to see available dates now. The tour is being offered on Sundays and Mondays in May 2019.
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Xiegewen
September 7, 2018|
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Response from leexianjie | Property representative |
Hello! The tour usually takes 3 hours, but may take an additional 30 minutes depending on the pace of the group.
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Adeline C
August 7, 2018|
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Response from leexianjie | Property representative |
Hello! We'll be cycling up the Kamogawa River, visiting the stepping stones there, the Tadasu-no-Mori forest, Shimogamo Shrine, Nashinoki Shrine, the outer grounds of the Imperial Palace, Ichihime Shrine, the yakuza... More
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