Kyoto Convention Bureau
Kyoto offers a vast itinerary of options for sightseeing excursions preceding, following and during conventions. KCB is pleased to consult with you on the theme for your tours, contact us here. Examples might include: focusing on the many UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, or perhaps a series of hands-on workshops with Kyoto artisans, or even a tour to indulge in the highest luxuries of this city that has a tradition of welcoming visitors dating back more than one thousand years.
Kyoto is also the ideal base for tours to other regions. The city is located in the geographical centre of Japan and it is served by the legendary transport network. Rail, road and air connections bring the whole of Japan within a two hour radius.
The following are some excursion ideas
UNESCO Cultural Heritage Kyoto
Enjoy a sample of the seventeen monuments that have been designated World Cultural Heritage Sites. Kamigamo and Shimogamo (pictured) shrines mark the foundation of the city.
Ancient Capital Tour
Take a guided tour of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was the residence of the Emperor for more than one thousand years. Then follow up with a walk on the incredible nightingale floor of Nijo Castle (pictured), the home of the Shogun who led the nation by force.
Fushimi in the south of Kyoto is famous for its pure water and high quality rice that combine to produce some of the finest sake. The scenery of the brewing districts has not changed in centuries and makes a wonderful atmosphere for viewing the production process and tasting the result. The Fushimi Inari Shrine dedicated to protecting the rice harvest is not to be missed.
Western Walking Tour
The Arashiyama Sagano area is where local people go to relax in the countryside. The wide river, numerous temples, curiosity shops and ancient countryside make for a pleasant stroll. A ride along the river on an open deck train and river rapids ride are also recommended here.
Cycling is the perfect way to explore Kyoto; be it for leisure, a team building treasure hunt, or a contribution to CSR. Taking in the back streets, city centre monuments, stories of the ancient city, and the countryside are all to be recommended.
There are thousands of delightful private, public and temple gardens to be enjoyed in Kyoto. A tour of lesser known spectacular gardens is the perfect way to entertain your guests. Image: Kokedera Moss Temple (UNESCO)
The variety of products and aromas at Nishiki Ichiba market always capture the imagination. Let the market be your inspiration in the kitchen on a Kyoto cooking tour.
World's first international manga museum, national museums & galleries, large & small, public & private, renowned and off-the-beaten-track; Kyoto's 161 museums and galleries offer something for each & everyone.
Further Information and Ideas:
- Download Centre
Contains Kyoto Tourist Guide an overview of city highlights
- JTB Sunrise Tours
Professional tours with English-speaking guides
- Kyoto Cycling Tour Project
Professional two-wheeled tours and top-quality cycle rental
- Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO)
A guide to the whole of Japan with useful suggestions for pre- and post-conference tours