The Alternative Fushimi Inari


Year-round tours 


The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour
Hike to hidden waterfalls and get away from the crowds

Dragons. Waterfalls. Political control. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is so more than its famous tunnels of vermillion-red torii gates. Most people are satisfied by a scenic view of southern Kyoto City and by the forested trails through the mountain. But we'll go deeper. Much deeper.

The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto
Weave through the city on electric bikes and drink from hidden wells

Kyoto is famous for its kaiseki and shojin ryori cuisines, but all that wouldn't exist without the crystal-clear water that flows unseen beneath the city. Dip your feet in the Kamo River, drink from a thousand-year-old well, visit a 2000-year-old shrine, and take a breather in a Japanese garden tinkling with fresh water from the Lake Biwa.

Seasonal tours

Walking in the Gardens of the Gods
Enter into the meditative world of the gods at Tofukuji’s best temples

Learn how modernism in the West influenced one of Kyoto's greatest garden designers, the hidden meanings behind the gardens' architecture, and how ancient Japanese and Chinese ideas of the gods manifest in Zen gardens on this walk. From October to June only.


Dive deep

Running from must-sees to must-goes can leave you feeling templed-out really quickly. Ditch your checklists. Dive deep into Kyoto’s history and culture on one of our tours.



Our tours are unlike any other. But don’t take our word for it. Read our guests’ 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor and Airbnb.

“Wonderful, informative and amazing” - Sandra, United Kingdom
See places you would normally never find.” - Raphael, Germany
The highlight of our whole Japan trip” - Jayde, Australia



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Craft Tabby runs Friends Kyo, a small backpacker hostel in Gion. We’re on a street next to the geishas, minutes away from Kyoto’s oldest zen temple, and are rated one of the top hostels in Kyoto on Hostelworld.com.


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