One-day tour through East- Kyoto to Uji and Fushimi: Tea, Sake, Zen
Full day tour: 40 km (mostly flat)On this tour you can get to know some of the most important sights in eastern Kyoto without being constantly surrounded by crowds of other tourists. This tour introduces many aspects of Japanese tradition in places where it has existed for centuries. The tour takes about 8 hours.
We visit Heian Shrine, the Geisha Quarter Gion, cycle through the precincts of Zen (the oldest Zen Temple in Japan) and Tofukuji Temples Kenninji, and the Fushimi Inari shrine with its scarlet shrine gates. From there you continue to the Manpuku-ji Temple, the main temple of the Obaku Zen School, which has retained its unmistakable Chinese appearance. After visiting the Manpukuji Temple, we cycle to two suburban districts south of Kyoto: Uji, which many people in Japan associate with green tea. In Uji we visit the famous Byodo-in temple. In the vicinity of the temple there are many teashops where you can taste green tea in all its manifestations in drinks, desserts, ice cream and pasta. Here is opportunity for a lunch break. After that we continue along the Uji River to Fushimi, a traditional hub of sake breweries. We visit the Gekkeikan Sake Museum, where you get to know the production process of sake. The area of traditional sake breweries and warehouses in Fushimi served as a backdrop in many films. The road from Fushimi back to the bike station runs along the Kamogawa River. Note that the tour will be conducted by train in case the weather is too bad for cycling. The train ticket price is included. We can offer new sport e-bikes. Have look at our bikes.
This tour is not very demanding. The terrain is mostly flat. Entrance fees to Byodo-in, Manpuku-ji and the Gekkeikan Sake Museum are included.
This tour can be done as:
Self-supported 1-day tour
Price: ¥6,000 per person (using rental touring bike)
Price: ¥9,000 per person (using rental e-bike)