West Kyoto Cycling Tour: Kinkakuji, Ryoanji Temple & Kamishichiken

Explore West Kyoto on two wheels and visit popular tourist spots and lesser known local hangouts!

Kyoto has a great geography for two wheels. Why wait for crowded buses or be stuck in traffic with an expensive taxi when you have the freedom to move around at will like the locals do?

This is the route for this tour: Kinkakuji the "Golden Pavilion" → Ryoanji Temple zen rock garden → Kitano-tenmangu an ancient shrine → Kamishichiken Geisha District

First, we make our way across town to Kinkakuji the Golden Pavillion. This is one of the most spectacular sights in Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage site with lush gardens and plenty to take in.

Next up is the most famous rock and sand garden in Japan at Ryoanji. Enjoy taking off your shoes and sitting on the platform as you stare out at this beautiful scene. We then walk through the beautiful gardens too.

After Ryoanji we visit one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto, Kitano-tenmangu. This shrine is dedicated to a statesman and scholar who became deified as a god of thunder after his banishment from Kyoto and vengeful return as an angry spirit after death. This place is remarkable for it's many old wooden structures set amongst thousands of plum trees. It is also a place where students pray for good exam results.

After that we visit the Kamishichiken Geisha District nearby for a look at the smallest and quietest geisha area. Here we can soak up the classic atmosphere and maybe even see a geisha on her way to work. This tour covers a lot of ground in a day but we can see a lot of the city as we roll past on our bikes.


2 Working Days
3.5 hours
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Start time: 10 am

What You Get

West Kyoto Cycling Tour: Kinkakuji, Ryoanji Temple & Kamishichiken


  • Guide fee and costs
  • Bike rental
  • Temple Entrance Fees
  • Transport fees in case of heavy rain


  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Additional information:
  • This tour requires a minimum of 3 persons
  • This is a shared tour and you will be joined by other travellers. The maximum number of people is 8 per group.

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Meeting point: Kon's Cycle Shop, Kyoto city

The specific location will be provided upon booking confirmation
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