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.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Start time: 10 am
West Kyoto Cycling Tour: Kinkakuji, Ryoanji Temple & Kamishichiken
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Meeting point: Kon's Cycle Shop, Kyoto city