The Original Free Walking Tour of Kyoto
During the Free Walking Tour of Kyoto, you will get to experience the rich culture and history of Kyoto. This tour covers all what you need when you visit Kyoto. See Kyoto from a local perspective and feel the beauty and tradition.
Tour ends at Kiyomizu Temple.
>> Booking required.
>> Booking available 10-14 days before the tour.
>> Check the tour schedule for tour updates.
Have A Question?
How long does the tour last and where does it finish?
Tour will take 3 hours and finish at Kiyomizu Temple.
Where does the Free Walking Tour go?
We will walk around Higashiyama Area. The tour ends at Kiyomizu Temple. After the tour, you can enjoy shopping and sightseeing. Also, we are not entering any of those temple or shrines which you need to pay for the entrance. Read our recent blog post for more information: https://www.kyotolocalized.com/post/free-walking-tour-kyoto-city-of-dreamers
What should I bring?
Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat/cap, water and a lot of questions – we love those! An umbrella or rain coat during the rainy season.
Do you offer tours in Spanish, German or French?
All of our tours are 100% in English.
Because Japan is not a tipping culture, is tipping to the guide is rude?
All our local guides working very hard to provide the best experiences to you, and well deserve tips for their work. We appreciate your respect and gratuities to our local guides.
Can I show up without booking?
No. We try to manage group in an ideal size of guests. So please book the tour. Also, in some case, we send you email when we cancel the tour due to the weather condition.
I cannot book the tour. Can I just show up and wait for the cancel?
No. We take bookings including additional slots. But we open the last minutes booking one day before the tour.
Do you offer private tours?
No, unfortunately we only offer the open group tours available for booking on our website.
Why are there limited spaces for the Free Walking Tour?
We limit the group sizes for the Free Walking Tour for safety and quality reasons. Walking Kyoto with a big group is not a good idea, and our tour guide cannot offer a great service to our guests.