The Hidden Water Cycling Tour


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. We'll visit some of the best wells in Kyoto and you'll drink from the oldest—over a thousand years old. You'll also hear about the stories (some outright creepy, others lovey-dovey) behind the wells.

What we’ll do

We'll be on electric bikes, so you'll stop to dip your feet in the Kamo River and breeze through the Imperial Palace. Then we'll go to the oldest shrine in Kyoto City, the aqueduct that brings in water to modern Kyoto, a sacred waterfall, and the old entrance that a traveller walking from Tokyo would have used to get into the ancient capital. We will also weave through the historic Higashiyama district to witness Kyoto's "water trade" at sunset.

The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto is designed for those who want to get off the beaten path to understand what makes Kyoto tick. Come and uncover for yourself Kyoto's hidden spots.

What’s included

  • Electronic pedal-assist bicycle for persons up to 1.85m tall (6'0)

  • Entry to a Japanese garden

  • Wireless receiver with earpiece - every participant will get a wireless receiver to hear explanations without having to stop and strain to listen.

2:30PM - 6PM

Small groups of 1-6
Guided in English
3.5 hours total
¥7,000 per participant


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What our guests say

There’s a ton of stories on this tours, so if you love a good tale, definitely join! I loved all the history covered in this tour, and getting to try different waters was cool, too. Riding along the river was really pleasant.
— Barun, Osaka
The tour offers a unique way to see Kyoto. We saw amazing streets, neighborhoods, waterways, temples and shrines during the tour.
— Jim, USA
We are a family of four with two boys 10 and 12 who booked the tour hoping to get an introduction to the less well known side of Kyoto with a local guide. We got all that and more!
— Mark, USA
The best part of the tour was being able to collect water from different underground water sources... I regret not bringing more water bottles to bring the water home with me. It sounds crazy but the water is special!
— Aletheia, Singapore
An incredibly entertaining and soul-touching tour! We got to see a lot and learn a lot. We got to touch the culture, to learn about the religion and explore many, many shrines, temples and water sources!
— Vyara, USA
Stop looking and pick this one! Great tour, would do it again!
— Chris, USA

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Refund policy: You will get a full refund if you cancel 3 days (72 hours) before the tour, but not if you cancel less than 3 days before the tour. There are no refunds for no shows. You will be offered a reschedule or refund if walks are cancelled because of heavy rain, typhoon warnings, major earthquakes, or any other natural disasters.



Where do we meet?

We meet at Sunny Cycle to pick up our bikes. You’ll get a map and directions immediately after you book the tour. You can use the toilet and deposit heavy items before we start the tour.

Do we cycle if it rains or snows?

No. The walk will be cancelled in the event of rain, snow, if there are strong winds, or if there is a major earthquake. You will have a chance to reschedule or choose to be refunded in full.

Can children come?

Guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents are welcome to take children aged 12 and up on the tour (they must be registered as guests). Please be sure that they are ready to cycle for 3 hours. This tour is unsuitable for children aged 12 and younger because we do not have bicycles for them, and it will not be safe for them to cycle on the road.

Do we cycle on the road?

Only part of the way, and even then on the cycling lane. We will be on pedestrian/cycling paths half the time.