Tours of Kyoto

In search of a little balance and harmony in your life? Find it in Kyoto.

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Vast, varied and vibrant, Asia is a mighty backyard. Yet it is one that our team of local Travel Experts know intimately. They live, love and breathe Asia and are passionate about sharing their wisdom with first-time and repeat visitors. Like trusted friends armed with encyclopedic knowledge, we're excited to be guiding you around our wonderful patch. Whether its taking you to the perfect sunrise spot at Angkor or steering you towards spectacular beaches, mountains and cultural wonders, we've got your back. So come on, let us show you around our Backyard.

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Kyoto is a trip back in time to a place of sacred temples, imperial palaces, and elegant gardens. As the former capital of Japan, Kyoto has always been connected to the country’s history and culture. From the main temples of Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu-dera to the Nijo Castle, you’ll have your fill of typical attractions. But Backyard Travel specializes in the less-known sites. Get an insider, local experience, and delve under the surface of the usual travel fare. Wander the cobbled streets of the geisha district, or relax in an onsen hot spring before heading to your culinary lesson. Explore Japan on a custom Kyoto private tour, and get the freedom to discover this City of Ten Thousand Shrines your way.


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Jan ’14 “The Asian operator Backyard Travel offers 10-day itineraries to explore Nozawa and nearby sights like a seventh-century temple and a refuge for the area’s famed snow monkeys.”

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What You Need to Know about Kyoto

Reputed as one of the most beautiful cities in Japan, Kyoto certainly stands out. From dainty temples and shrines to sweeping parks of cherry blossoms, this City of History — a worthy nickname — is home to no fewer than 17 UNESCO sites.


Like the rest of Japan, Kyoto has a very monoracial population. Kyoto’s locals are cool, refined, genteel, and polite. They are very interested in fashion and consider themselves sophisticated and well-groomed people.


Spring is divine in Kyoto — cherry blossoms and blue skies. But autumn is also popular, and Kyoto is especially beautiful for its leaves. Between June and August, temperatures can be hot, making summer a quiet time to travel.


Start the day with shopping in Shijo-Dori. Food lovers, try <span style=”font-style: italic;”>kaiseki</span> dining, a notable Kyoto meal of mini dishes. For nightlife, head to Gion and hop from sushi bistro to rice-ball stand, from karaoke bar to teahouse.


Fashion is a huge part of Kyoto culture, as seen in the Kyoto Costume Institute. Art lovers will love the trendy east side. Browse comics to your heart’s content at the Kyoto International Manga Museum.


The locals of Kyoto speak Japanese. The younger generations and businessmen may speak some English, but for the most part, Japanese is the only language spoken.


Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto today is a city of historical and cultural significance. Visit the Nijo Castle for a glimpse into Japan’s feudal past, or browse the fascinating exhibitions in the Kyoto National Museum.

Meet Our Japan & Kyoto Tour Specialists

We’re all about local expertise. Obviously that’s why our Japan team lives in Japan! Tell us what kind of travel you’re looking for, and we’ll design a tailor-made Kyoto holiday that suits your style and ambitions.


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