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How Long Does a Walking Tour Take?

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

A walking tour takes about 3 hours to finish, depending on the type of tour you are on and factors like tour routes, landmarks covered, the pace of the group, and any scheduled breaks or stops along the way. Usually, walking tours in Kyoto will bring you to tourist attractions that are close to each other. This way, you save time, and tour attendees don’t get tired fast from walking long distances, although plenty of breaks are given.

Short walking tours, focused on a specific neighborhood or a few key sights, can last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. These tours are often designed to provide a brief introduction to the area or highlight specific points of interest.

Medium-length walking tours generally span 2 to 4 hours. These tours may cover a larger area or include a more in-depth exploration of attractions, historical sites, or cultural landmarks. They often allow for more time to appreciate the surroundings and provide additional insights from the tour guide.

Longer walking tours can extend beyond 4 hours and may last half a day or even a full day. These tours are usually more comprehensive, encompassing multiple areas, significant landmarks, or even entire city tours. They often incorporate breaks for meals or rest, especially for full-day tours.

Overall, you need to take wear a comfortable pair of sneakers for walking tours as well as an extra shirt, a bottle of water, and a towel. Don’t forget your umbrella if you are touring during the rainy season.

If you are still looking for tours in Kyoto, we highly recommend getting the tip-based Kyoto Free Walking Tour where you will be brought to Kyoto’s top sites like Gion Shirakawa, Maruyama Park, Chionin Sanmon, Yasaka Pagoda, Ninen- Sannei Zaka(Hill), and Kiyomizu-dera.

To learn more about Kyoto’s geisha culture, take the tip-based Kyoto Night Free Walking Tour. If you are looking for a food tour, sign up for the Kyoto Food Tour at Nishiki Market.

For private group tours, get the Private Group Walking Tour if you wish to customize a tour for your group.

Got more questions about walking tours? Read everything you need to know about joining walking tours!


Looking for a fun food tour in Kyoto? Come join us at our Nishiki Market Kyoto Food Tour where we bring you around the best food spots at Nishiki Market and feast on various delicious dishes.

Sign up today! Limited slots only.

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