There are hundreds of temples and 'must see' sights in Kyoto. I've no idea how anyone gets to even a tiny selection of them without joining some sort of tour.
If you like to know what you're looking at when you're travelling, but the thought of joining any sort of bus tour fills you with misery, there is nothing better in Kyoto than the Kyoto cycling tour project.
We booked onto a full day guided tour. We cycle a lot anyway, but even if you don't it's not hugely demanding on you physically. For the two of us we had one dedicated guide, Hiroko, who was a fountain of knowledge, stamina and was keen to make sure we had plenty of pictures to remember our experience by.
In one day we got to the Nishi-Honganji Temple, Nijo Castle, went through the Geisha training areas and residential back areas of Kyoto, the golden Kinkaju temple, Ryoan-ji with its rock garden, cycled through paddy fields and through the path of bamboo all with a stop for lunch where Hiroko shared with us the Japanese translation of our names. So many of these places are just breathtakingly amazing, we were so happy we'd had the chance to see so much.
I would 100% recommend this to any visitor to Kyoto.
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