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Kyoto Urban Adventures

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Address: Kyoto 601-8449, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 80-3550-8449
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00

Kyoto Urban Adventures offers unique and authentic day tours around Kyoto....

Kyoto Urban Adventures offers unique and authentic day tours around Kyoto. They range from 3 to 8 hour adventures and uncover back streets, hidden gems, and fascinating sights. Step into the lives of locals, find out what makes the city tick, and get acquainted with the local food, culture, and traditions of Kyoto. A local expert guide will take you on your urban adventure and give you valuable insights into the cultural capital of Japan.

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Yumi is a rock star!

Loved this tour. Sure it helped that it was Cherry Blossom and a gorgeous day in Kyoto. But honestly every day is sunshine for Yumi. What a great spirit and attitude. Fun few... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved this tour. Sure it helped that it was Cherry Blossom and a gorgeous day in Kyoto. But honestly every day is sunshine for Yumi. What a great spirit and attitude. Fun few hours riding safely through the city. Kyoto is flat and this is an easy ride. If anything the walking at the stops is more strenuous on uneven... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a last minute tour with Urban adventures, not sure what to expect. Luckily, Manabu was a fantastic guide, giving us great background on the Gion area and surrounds, with both historical and contemporary information that made the tour interesting and fun. There was a mix of locations and atmospheres, from alleys to main roads, small shrines and large,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yumi was an absolute gem to have as our tour guide. I was traveling with my mum and there was quite a bit of walking. My mum is 81. Yumi made the afternoon so enjoyable all the walking did not matter. I would highly recommend this tour as you get to see Kyoto off the main tourist track.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second tour with Urban Adventures and will continue to use them. We always go on a walking food/drink tour the first night in a new location and have found the tour guide (Juraj Puchor on this trip) to be enthusiastic, knowledgeable, relaxed with people, sharing less known local tidbits and generous with their time and help. Intimate... More 

Thank EatsDiningOverview
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lulu was to guide the tour, but lost her voice and Manabu was called in. We also had Mai (trainee) accompanying them, so it made for an informative and delightful afternoon. Brian gave a great first hand insight into Shinto & Buddhist religions. We covered a lot of ground on the tour but never felt rushed at any point. We... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did the evening tour walking and I'm not sure who this tour is supposed to be for and I don't see why this group is so highy rated. We started in a area with lots of sites, yet we spent half the time going through uneventful residential areas. You should also eat dinner before the tour starts at 630,... More 

Thank Christopher B
Pepijn C, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that you didn't like the route of this tour. It actually passes through some interesting historical area's that are very atmospheric at night and are not merely residential area's, but are some traditional entertainment districts, where geisha and maiko perform, some very unique temples and shrines that are lit up at night and dimly... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This walking tour is excellent and our guide, YUMI, was well informed and happy to answer any of our questions. She was really good fun and made everything interesting. The best tour we did in Kyoto as it covered so many places. The tour ends in Gion and as we were staying there it was very convenient. Getting to see... More 

Thank EnglishroseEngland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a good walking tour and Yumi was fabulous: very knowledgeable, patient and entertaining. Good pace for children (although not sure if it's designed for them but we certainly didn't feel out of place) and hits three of the main tourist spots in a laid back, three and a half hour walk, with a bit of a back streets... More 

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an evening with our guide, Manabu touring the lantern lit lanes of Gion and the surrounding neighborhoods. Manabu was very knowledgeable about the area and history and we learned a lot. The tour was advertised as 3 hours but it was more like 4 hours of walking with a stop for a yummy dinner at the end. Most... More 

Thank Elaine308272
Pepijn C, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed the scenery of Kyoto by night and the service of our guide Manabu. More 

Calgary, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had limited time in Kyoto and wanted to get a feel for some of the highlights. Our guide, Pepijn, was very informative and right from the start of our tour, very helpful (we were confused as to where to meet but called the number provided and was guided to the right spot). The ride was easy to moderate and... More 

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Pepijn C, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed the bicycle ride. Unfortunately you were in Kyoto just before the cherry blossoms, but the good thing is that you could enjoy the Philosopher's Path with only few tourists. Now the cherry blossoms are just opening up and it is very... More 

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