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Early Bird E-biking through East Kyoto

4.8 (23)
Kyoto, JP

Early Bird E-biking through East Kyoto

4.8 (23)
Kyoto, JP
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Experience the magic of Kyoto like never before with the Early Bird E-biking tour. Start your day bright and early as you jump on one of our new e-bikes and embark on a journey to explore the highlights of south and east Kyoto. Beat the crowds as you visit the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine and witness its majestic beauty. Discover the serenity of Tofukuji Temple and enjoy a refreshing morning coffee at one of our favorite spots. Ride along the enchanting Kamo river, visit the UNESCO-listed Ginkakuji Temple, and cycle through the iconic Path of Philosophy. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Nanzenji Temple, stroll through the historic streets of Gion, and admire the stunning Higashi Honganji Temple. With a delicious sit-down lunch included, this tour guarantees an unforgettable experience of Kyoto's cultural and natural wonders. Book now to embark on this exhilarating adventure through the heart of Kyoto.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 6 hours - 7 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Early-bird tour of south and east Kyoto
  • Explore the majestic Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Visit the spectacular Tofuku-ji Temple
  • Cycle along the beautiful riverside
  • Experience the enchanting streets of Gion
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Use of bicycle
  • Helmets

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More about this experience

Introduction to Early Bird E-biking through East Kyoto

Discover the enchanting city of Kyoto like never before with the Early Bird E-biking through East Kyoto tour. This thrilling adventure takes you on a two-wheeled journey through the highlights of south and east Kyoto, giving you the chance to explore renowned temples, peaceful gardens, and historic landmarks.

What to expect?

During this six-hour tour, you can expect to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of Kyoto's most iconic sites. Start your day bright and early, beating the crowds as you visit the majestic Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its striking torii gates. Continue your adventure to Tofukuji Temple and take in its Zen Buddhist architecture and picturesque surroundings. As you ride along the scenic Kamo River, feel the exhilaration of the cool morning breeze and soak in the stunning views of Kyoto's landscape.

Who is this for?

Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or simply looking for a unique way to explore Kyoto, this tour is perfect for you. The Early Bird E-biking tour caters to all adventurous souls seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced cyclists, as our high-quality e-bikes provide effortless riding. Come solo or bring along your friends and family for an unforgettable journey through this captivating city.

Why book this?

What sets this tour apart is the opportunity to discover Kyoto's hidden gems during the serene early morning hours. Avoid the crowds and witness the tranquility of famous landmarks such as Ginkakuji Temple, the Path of Philosophy, and Nanzenji Temple. The knowledgeable guides will not only take you to these remarkable sites but also share fascinating insights into Kyoto's rich history and culture. With provided lunch and the chance to encounter geisha in the enchanting streets of Gion, this tour ensures a truly immersive and authentic experience of Kyoto.

Good to know

Before embarking on this adventure, ensure you meet at the designated meeting point on the south side of JR Kyoto station. The tour lasts approximately six hours, allowing you to fully embrace the beauty of each destination. The itinerary includes convenient breaks for coffee and lunch, ensuring you have plenty of energy to explore. Don't forget to bring comfortable clothing and sunscreen, as you'll be spending significant time outdoors admiring the sights and sounds of Kyoto.


Travelers who have embarked on the Early Bird E-biking through East Kyoto tour have been overwhelmingly pleased with their experience. They praise the knowledgeable guides, the seamless organization of the tour, and the opportunity to explore popular attractions in a unique and personalized way. Many appreciate the chance to beat the crowds and enjoy Kyoto's famous landmarks at their tranquil best. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or new to cycling adventures, this tour promises to leave you with unforgettable memories of Kyoto's captivating beauty.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Your Itinerary

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

We will take 25 minutes to ride along the river to reach the shrine and then 30 minutes to explore the world-famous shrine on foot.

Tofuku-ji Temple

From Fushimi Inari, it takes 15 minutes to access this spectacular Zen Buddhist temple. We will take a brief stop on the picturesque bridge

Kamogawa River

We will take an extended ride along the beautiful riverside

Ginkakuji Temple

We will enter and explore the grounds and the time listed includes a lunch stop in a restaurant nearby

Admission Included

Philosopher's Path

Cycle along this stunning path of philosphy

Nanzen-ji Temple

We will walk the grounds of this magnificent temple

Heian Shrine

We will take a stroll through the courtyard of the magnificent Heian Jingu Shrine


We will ride through the backstreets of Kyoto's enchanting entertainment district - possibly glancing Maiko or Geiko along the way

Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

We will take a stroll through the amazing wooden prayer halls and this listed time includes a stop at our favourite cafe in Kyoto



4.8 (23)


Had a great trip with Quinn; he's a great guide and full of information about the area and the places we stopped. Beautiful locations to visit and a great introduction to the east side of Kyoto (Kyoto University, Philosopher's Walk, river view rides, Gion). Highly recommend. They were very helpful in getting me a larger bike so as to have a good experience. They also somehow arranged for the first full day of sunshine in the several days I was in Japan.


This was our favorite tour of our two weeks in Japan… great tour by Sean to gorgeous temples and tranquil spaces. It was highly informative and went at the perfect pace through the beautiful streets of Kyoto. Highly recommend!


We had a fantastic day riding through the back streets of Kyoto. The ride was well organised with plenty of time at the temples and attractions visited. Kevin was an excellent guide answering all our questions and departing his wealth of cultural knowledge. A highlight of our visit to Japan and a must if you are planning to visit Kyoto. Very safe and an easy doable pace.


A great tour of Kyoto riding e-bikes. I recommend the early bird tour so as to avoid the crowds. Commendations to Cycle Kyoto for a well planned itinerary and a great guide in Kevin. Thanks for the memories. Hope to catch your tour in Hiroshima very soon.


Wonderful sights to see here - not just the spectacular temples, monuments and gardens, but fascinating to explore the back streets of Kyoto, and along the Philosophers Path with cherry blossoms in full bloom! Thanks so much Shaune for your fascinating insights into the history, religion and culture that made this bike tour even more special!


Excellency day - our first in Japan so still a bit jet lagged. Kevin led us around with gentleness and interesting information about the sights and their historical/cultural background. It was a perfect introduction to the city and a good way to get some fresh air after a long flight. I can warmly recommend. We note that the city is so flat that we would have been fine with regular pedal bikes. Oh yes, forgot to say, lunch was great - if you’re lucky you might get to try the black sesame ramen. Enjoy.


We were a greionof 5 - our family and another man from the US. When we arrived, 2 of the bikes were the size of a 8 years old, which was not compatible for my 1,76m and 1,80 teenagers (I had sent a photo previously so they could have checked the size). We had to insist to change them as it was a 6/7h ride! The leader Mayco was lovely however she wasn’t a guide. There was no story telling, no precise information on the monuments and therefore no bonding. It is a shame that a guide has to look for info on her phone. A folder with a map and info would have been ideal to understand each forthcoming stop and gain some in-depth info (she took it out once as we asked info on geikos ). The lunch on the busiest street in front of the silver pavilion was nothing special - we would have loved an off the beaten track experience. It was a sunny day and the cherry blossoms were il full bloom in the Philosopher’s path - we had to insist to stop for 15mn for photos. We had been looking for them in such condition for 8 days!! In the end, we stopped whenever we wanted and looked for info on our phones. The bike ride was great however we could have done it alone without spending 500 USD.. We felt disappointing


We spent a bit over a week exploring Japan's major cities, experiencing so many cool things. Still, this tour was *easily* the highlight of our entire trip. Jay was absolutely wonderful; knowledgable, friendly, funny, and just overall a great guy to spend the day with. We visited some of the can't-miss sites, but also some lesser known spots almost completely empty of tourists. And riding around the smaller streets and alleys of Kyoto was just as fun. We really felt like we got the feel of the city, and we topped it off with a fantastic lunch at a spot we would have easily missed without Jay. Just be sure you feel perfectly comfortable on a bike as a few of the paths go through crowds, roads, and sometimes slightly uneven terrain. I'll definitely be recommending this tour to my friends and family when they visit Kyoto!


Jay was an amazing guide through East Kyoto. We saw so much more than we would have ever been able to on our own. Great pacing, very knowledgeable about local history and culture. The shrines were beautiful, as you would expect, but riding through the smaller streets and neighborhoods was also a treat. Really enjoyed the coffee and lunch breaks at local spots.


Biking with Juan through Kyoto was a major highlight of our trip. He is a wealth of knowledge in regards to history, culture, and foods. We loved all of our Kyoto sightseeing stops and would highly recommend!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-23 17:07