bike ride

Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto

Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto

Duration:3 hours total
Includes:Snacks, Drinks, Equipment and Transportation
Languages:Offered in English
Availability for this experience is extremely rare.

About your host

I'm a Singaporean on my seventh year in Japan. I'm now working on a walking tour app for Kyoto and love exploring the city on my bike. I'm also super addicted to tea that I've drunk over 100 different teas over the last 1-2 years. What I learned from my fellow tea addicts is that good tea absolutely needs good water. So I began a search for the best water sources in the city and ended up with…
Xianjie (XJ)
Xianjie (XJ)
Xianjie (XJ)
Xianjie (XJ)

What we’ll do

Kyoto is famous for its tofu, sake, and tea because of its crystal-clear underground water. I'll show you where the city's tea masters and top coffee shops collect their water. Like them, we'll collect water from two of the best. Besides visiting a 2000-year-old shrine in an ancient forest, and four wells with stories of love and heartbreak, you will also learn about Kyoto's water trade. We'll…

What else you should know

We will cycle on dedicated bike paths most of the time, but Kyoto's small streets mean we will have to cycle alongside cars sometimes. You need to be a confident cyclist to join this experience.

What I’ll provide

Tea
We'll make tea with the water we collect from the wells.
Rental bicycle
We will pick up our bicycles from a bike shop one minute from the meeting point.
Bicycle helmet
Helmets are not mandatory in Japan, but I will have them available if you prefer to have a helmet on.
Seasonal Japanese sweets
Kyoto is Japan's confectionery capital, and we are very proud of how seasonal they are. You'll get to try traditional sweets.

What to bring

Comfortable cycling attire (gloves in the winter)
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent (in the summer)
Empty water bottles to collect water with
Snacks like energy bars just in case you get hungry while cycling

Xianjie (XJ)
bike ride
$65 per person
$65 per person