From Kyoto : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kanazawa
- Valid: 1 day
We easily found our guide at the train station and walked a short way to our bikes. Riding the bikes around Kyoto was a great way to see the city in a way that you would not normally see it. The first half of the bike ride was on wide levees along the river and made for a very easy bike ride. There was some rolling hills but not too difficult to manage. We made a few stops to see some really interesting sites and our guide had great knowledge of the historical sites as well as great command of the English language. On the way back the trip was a little more technical in the sense that we were weaving in and out of people, buses, and traffic. If you were familiar with bikes and riding then it was pretty easy to manage however if you get flustered with city writing then this section may be a bit of a struggle. We left our guide Ryo! She traveled at the perfect pace and seemed to know the exact time that we needed to stop for some ice cold green tea on a hot day!
Our tour guide, Michael, was great - good English and had a lot of local knowledge and history to tell us. We had a nice small group of 6 of us and the cycle was at a good pace. You get helmets and cycling around the area felt safe. I felt like we saw a lot of places in the 3.5 hours we were going around and there was a good mix of cycling and also stopping to see some of the shrines and temples. The only thing I would recommend would be to add a stop for water or food as you have to bring your own but some people may forget, or it wasn't obvious.
Fantabulous way to see the natural beauty of Kyoto even though it is winter time! Blessed to have sunny weather. I like the nature and the eco-friendly way of viewing the city. Glad to have an experienced guide, Ryo, so we didn't get lost and heard anecdotal stories of the various places. It was a pleasant ride by the river, along the small streets of Gion, and a gradual ascend to the top to the many scenic shrines and temples. I didn't feel that I was going uphill because Ryo directed us in zigzag manner upwards. Thoughtful of her.
Our guide Agustin was so helpful and friendly. He took us to a lovely temple that wasn't on the main tourist trail, which was a great opportunity to escape the crowds of Kyoto in the autumn colours season. Our walking tour included all the things that we'd expressed interest in when booking. After the tour, Agustin also kindly emailed me information that he had researched for us about a museum exhibition and antique shop because we'd explained that we were interested in Japanese netsuke. Thank you Agustin!
Tour was fun, informative and a wonderful way to see parts of Kyoto that we would not have uncovered on our own - all while getting exercise. Michael, our guide, was very informative and answered all of our many questions and took great care in keeping us safe and together. One of the highlights of our trip.