Intern Ellie's Cycle Kyoto Bike Tour

The best way to travel around Kyoto is via bike so I decided to go on a guided bike tour with Cycle Kyoto for the day! In a small group of only 5 people, we traveled to various shrines, temples, and historical areas. I participated in the full tour which was 6-7 hours long and about 30km. Shorter tours of just the North and South areas of Kyoto are also popular through Cycle Kyoto. Check out all the spots I hit up on my tour below!

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CYCLE KYOTO

Cycle Kyoto offers small group bike tours around to the city’s various temples, shrines, and heritage sights. Choose from a different list of tours that vary in distance, time, and language. Each guide is well-knowledged in everything Kyoto has to offer and makes sure that you are getting the most out of your visit to Kyoto.

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Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

This structure forms one of two large temples located in the center of Kyoto. The location makes up the primary headquarters of Japan’s most prominent Buddhist

Walk 475m
Kyoto
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Kitanohakubaicho
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Kitano Tenmangu is familiarly known as “Kitano Tenjin-san” to the locals in Kyoto. The shrine was established in 947 and is especially popular during festivals

Walk 1km
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Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

Walk 1.3km
Kitanohakubaicho
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Imadegawa
Walk 585m
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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Located within Kyoto Gyoen Garden, this palace is situated in the heart of the city. In the past, access to Kyoto Imperial Palace was only granted to those, who

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Imadegawa
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Gion-Shijo
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Gion Shirakawa

Gion is one of the most famous areas in Kyoto, with traditional tea-houses and restaurants along the riverbanks of the Shirakawa River.

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Gion-Shijo
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Tobakaido
Walk 526m
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Tofuku-ji Temple

This temple is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The location is well known for the autumn leaves.

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Tobakaido
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Inari
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Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (Kyoto)

One of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Shrine was voted the Top Thing To Do In Kyoto in 2016. Its seemingly endless row of vermillion torii gates