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Kyoto Backstreet Cycling

Cycle through the cobblestoned streets of Kyoto

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Break away from the clichés of tourism and cycle through the backstreets of Kyoto's historically rich districts

  • Ride through Miyagawacho, the second biggest entertainment district in Kyoto

  • View the machiya (traditional merchant houses) along the narrow streets of Gion

  • Cycle atop the stone paved streets of Gion and admire the maiko girls and geiko women as they pass by in their delicate traditional wear

  • Visit Yasaka Shrine and Heian Jingu Shrine, and gaze upon the gorgeous willow trees along the Shirakawa River

  • Coast through the giant red torii gates

What We Love:

Hop on a bike and explore the backstreets of Kyoto in areas unreachable by bus or by foot. Experience the narrow streets of Miyahawacho, the second biggest entertainment district in the city. Ride past the vibrant Yasaka Shrine and nod to geiko women and their maiko (apprentices) as they stroll through the stone laden streets of Gion adorned in delicate kimono. Cycling through these traditional districts offers an unmatchable perspective of Kyoto. Break away from cliché tours and feed your inner adventurer!

Activity Details

3 Hours


Min 2

Meet Up

24 Hours



  • You will receive a confirmation email and your e-voucher within 1 business day

Inclusive Of:

  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees
  • Transportation

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Hotel pick up
  • Return hotel drop off
  • Food and drink


  • 9:15am meet at New Miyako Hotel
  • Ride to Miyagawacho Geisha District
  • Ride thorugh Gion
  • View the Yasaka Shrine
  • Ride along the Shirakawa River
  • View the Heian Jingu Shrine
  • Coast through the torii gates
  • 12:20pm to 1:00pm tour ends at Kyoto Station

Additional Information:

  • Participants must be able to ride a bicycle
  • Children under 12 years old cannot participate
  • No refunds will be given to people unable to ride a bike during the tour
  • If it rains, the tour may be changed to a walking tour. If so, the route is subject to change
  • The your will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en garden

Insider Tips:

  • Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes that you can cycle in

How To Use

  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • Tour starts at 9:15am at New Miyako Hotel
  • Address: 17, Nishikujo-Inmachi Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8412, Japan
  • How To Get There: It's a 2 minute walk from Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi Exit served by JR/Shinkansen/Kintetsu Lines
  • The tour ends at Kyoto Station


  • A 70% refund will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the tour



This is amazing. The tour gave us a general idea of the city we were going to explore in the next few days. I high recommend it to people who come to Kyoto the first time.


Friendly, informative and very gracious guide. Fun way to sightsee; allowed us to see different aspects of the city more intimately and get some exercise.


The backstreet tour was quite easy and we really had a good time. Our guide Annie was soooooo nice. Highly recommend.


Miyagawacho is geishas' own district, quieter and less touristy than Gion (which is a quick walk away) but very active. We biked out to Miyagawacho's main street - one block parallel to the guesthouse's street - and watched the geishas at work. You can hear them singing and the raucous drinking games inside the teahouses.


The best tour that you can imagine! Keiko was our guide and she is funny and kind... It was a pleassure! Do not think... Just book with they and meet The city ridding a bike!

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