Beyond Kyoto - a Private Cycle Adventure

 (1)

Tour Number

Activity Level

389920


Categories

Adventure / Active, Day Trip / Out of Town, Nature and Wildlife, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: No. Minimum age is 14 years

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Japanese (conversational)

Northern Kyoto Bicycle tour with a local guide and cycling expert


A unique chance to experience a more rural side of Japan only a short ride away from Kyoto. After leaving the city behind we'll ride first along rivers, past rice fields, vegetable groves and cedar forests. We'll visit one of the oldest and finest temples in the Kyoto area, take a stroll in its beautiful gardens dotted in places with some unusual stone statues peeking out from the moss, maybe contemplate the gardens while sipping a cup or real green Matcha tea. Later, after a few up and downs we'll enter a new valley and head for our second destination of the day, where we'll have a well deserved lunch in one of the restaurants lining up along the mountain stream that runs through this quaint village. After a weel deserved lunch and a short and easy ride, we'll reach our final destination, an historical village where you'll get the option of soaking in a natural outdoor hot spring set at the foot of the mountain, the best way to relax those tired muscles before heading back to Kyoto.

Itinerary

- Start from Sanjo, in the heart of Kyoto and gently follow the Kamo and Takano rivers.

- Ride slightly uphill all the way to the picturesque village of Ohara, visit Sanzen-in temple and its beautiful gardens, possibly Hosen-in temple too.

- Leave Ohara, go across the Ebumi pass and eventually enter the valley leading to the village of Kibune.

- Visit Kibune Shrine and have lunch in one of the restaurants that line up Kibune River.

- Leave Kibune and ride to the village of Kurama Spa.

- Visit Yuki Shrine.

- (Optional) Experience a Japanese outdoor bath at Kurama Spa.

- Head back to Kyoto on a mostly downhill ride.

The tour will follow dedicated cycling paths and minor roads as much as possible. Please wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the season and shoes suitable for exercising. Jeans are NOT recommended
Recommended to bring sunglasses or some eye protection and a hat.

Note: The itinerary is flexible and can be adjusted an any time to accomodate customers needs and requirements.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Unless differently arranged we will meet at exit 10 of Keihan Sanjo station.

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 7 hours

The tour could take slightly longer depending on weather conditions or pace of participants. The bike course may be changed due to road conditions. Departure time can be modified to suit participants and depending on weather conditions.

Transportation

This is a bicycle tour.

What’s Included

Other: - My time and service as your private guide.
- My transportation, lunch and entrance fees.
- Bike and helmet rental.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5000 yen - Admission fee at Sanzen-in temple (700yen), admission including maccha green tea at Hosen-in temple (800yen), lunch (around 1500yen), entrance to the outdoor spa (1000yen), towel rental (200yen) at the spa if needed, refreshments, snacks. Please notice that religious sites and small restaurants do not accept credit cards but cash payments only.

What’s Extra

Other: Lunch, refreshments and snacks during the ride. Entrance and, if needed, towel rental at the hot spring.
Your temples admission fee.

It is strongly advised for travelers to have their own insurance.

Restrictions

I do not have a commercial driver's licence so I can only drive during tours if the car is rented and costs shared.

A Recent Review of this tour

I cannot imagine a better bike tour than the one with Luka outside Kyoto. The ride through the countryside and small towns was perfect. Luka took us to several interesting sites topped off with a traditional Japanese bath in the mountains. He also explained much about the culture without overwhelming us with info.
Katherine Patin

Read More Reviews For This Tour
Private tour guide Luca

Contact this Guide

Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

Message Luca B.

Web address (URL) of this page: http://www.toursbylocals.com/PrivateBikeTour-KyotoMountains

Tours by Luca B.

See more of the tours offered by this guide.

Central Kyoto eco-friendly private bike tour

Central Kyoto eco-friendly private bike,...

Ancient streets, quiet streams, beautiful temples and gardens

from 183 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

3 hours 30 min.

learn more
From Kyoto to Arashiyama - Private bicycle tour

From Kyoto to Arashiyama - Private bicycle,...

The ultimate eco-friendly approach to the Arashiyama area

from 371 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

8 hours

learn more
Kyoto highlights - a Private Tour for travellers with time limitations

Kyoto highlights - a Private Tour for,...

The perfect option for travellers with time constrains.

366 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

8 hours

learn more
Private night tour of the Higashiyama District

Private night tour of the Higashiyama,...

 unrated

An after dark walk in the most scenic part of Kyoto

117 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 hours

learn more
Beyond Kyoto - a Private Cycle Adventure

Beyond Kyoto - a Private Cycle Adventure

Northern Kyoto Bicycle tour with a local guide and cycling expert

from 356 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

7 hours

learn more
Takao to Arashiyama hike - a Private Day Tour on the outskirts of Kyoto

Takao to Arashiyama hike - a Private,...

 unrated

A beautiful and easy hike from the mountain village of Takao to Arashiyama

338 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

7 hours

learn more