Kyoto - Explore Kyoto’s traditional neighborhood, Higashiyama

Explore Kyoto’s traditional neighborhood, Higashiyama

Sun, 23 May
(371 reviews)
Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
40 mins

About the tour

In this relaxing stroll of Higashiyama, one of the most well-preserved neighborhoods of Kyoto, your guide/Ken will show you the overview of the city and talk about Japanese religions, how it works in the everyday life. Follow Ken and start by Yasaka Kōshin-dō, a colorful temple where people pray to have wishes granted, that's popular on social media, and also see the view of Hokan-ji pagoda which holds the 1400-year history. Ken has lots of information about Japan's religious customs as well as personal stories about growing up with many daily-life deities.

Meet your local guide


Founder of local tour agency, "Ken's Tours Kyoto", which is located in the eastern Kyoto. Have guided over 3000 clients just for 3 years since 2016 and earned 1100 of 5 stars on Airbnb and TripAdvisor. 99% of clients gave full score review. Have been ranked and awarded as a guide in the Japan's top 30 on TripAdvisor. Also working as a local fixer in Kyoto for shooting pv, movie, TV drama. Ken speaks of the history and culture of Kyoto with a passion that would make you think he’s a lifelong resident of Japan’s historical former capital city. But the self-described country boy has followed a road with more than a few interesting twists and turns via Canada and America as he has made his way from Fukushima prefecture, where he was born and raised, to Kyoto.

Kentaro has been guiding since Dec 2016

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Kyoto with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 40 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Kyoto. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide’s hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Dee W.

10 May 2021

Kentaro's tour was interesting and probably the best part was Kentaro's warm and friendly delivery. Thanks!

Ann H.

09 May 2021

Good introduction to a traditional area of Kyoto, helpful information on Japanese religions

Vince L.

09 May 2021

Really enjoyed the tour with Kentaro, would definitely recommend it. Looking forward to joining another soon

Cathie S.

09 May 2021

Kyoto looked absolutely beautiful and Kentaro was very enthusiastic! I hope to visit again

Marta T.

09 May 2021

Arigato Kentaro! That was fantastic it felt like I was there! Can’t wait to visit Kyoto for real.

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