My husband and I have done several bikes tours while visiting cities in Europe so were excited at the opportunity to see Kyoto by bike. It was only a day trip for us so we were limited on how much we'd get to see. This was a great way for us to see as much as possible in the time we had. We chose to do the Golden Tour and met our guide, Hiroko, in the bike shop west of the train station. We were surprised to find out that it took us about 45 minutes by bus to get from Kyoto Train Station to this bike shop. Part of this could have to do with traffic. I might suggest looking to see if there is a train or subway stop that is close by as an alternative. Despite being late and having cold, rainy weather, Hiroko was very welcoming on our arrival. She geared us up with equipment including hand warmers, rain pants and jackets and we were off. The sites were fantastic and our tour was one to remember. If it had not been so cold and wet, we would have loved to spend more time on our bikes after the tour was completed. They allow you use of the bikes for the entire day afterwards! Should we return to Kyoto, we will definitely do another tour with Kyoto Cycling Tour Project.
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