Explore the Traditional Higashiyama Neighborhood



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 evryday 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 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 book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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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

Stephanie L.

20 January 2021

Great tour!

Vania D.

18 January 2021

Kentaro is a great guide and his family stories give great examples of culture. As we were touring the old village in Kyoto, I personally would have appreciated a bit more architecture and historic lifestyle information.


17 January 2021

Very interesting tour. Learned new things. Always like that.

Sandy M.

17 January 2021

We were late to join so only saw a bit , but what I saw I really liked. I hope this one will be offered again on or near the same time.

Maureen A.

17 January 2021

A nice and sincere young man. He walked us through the streets and shared family memories and stories, even sung a song!! A lovely slow tour full of lovely old buildings yet dotted with modern gadgets like vending machines which disperse cans of hot coffee. Saw temples and local people dressed in kimono's. Kentaro puts heart and soul into the tour.

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