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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Zoom Around Kyoto, the City of Water

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 31 reviews.Kyoto, JapanPart of Airbnb Online Experiences collection

Online experience hosted by Lee

60 mins
Up to 6 people. Private groups available for up to 10
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Everyone knows about Kyoto's famous rock gardens and resplendent temples, but did you know that beneath it all is a huge body of water? This water is mostly hidden from view but it makes an appearance when it gushes out of wells in the middle of the city.

Gulay and I host the 100% 5-star-rated Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto, where we focus on Kyoto's special connection to water. We filmed high-quality videos together and Gulay will be meeting you on this online version of the cycling tour. After a quick round of introductions, you'll Zoom Around Kyoto on her bike!

Gulay will first take you to her favorite shrine where she personally knows the priest, and then up along the Kamo River, the main river flowing through the city center. You'll then enjoy the sounds at a garden built by Japan's third prime minister, where wildlife and plants of all kinds still thrive because of the flowing waters.

Afterwards, you’ll visit a shrine built to repel the flu pandemic of 1,020 years ago, and participate in a simple ritual to hopefully end the pandemic of our times. We end the trip at a teahouse that has been run by 25 generations of the same family. They have made rice cakes from the well on their premises for 1,018 years.

Come, and you’ll get to know how water has deeply affected spirituality and culture in Kyoto.
Everyone knows about Kyoto's famous rock gardens and resplendent temples, but did you know that beneath it all is a huge body of water? This water is mostly hidden from view but it makes an appearance when it gushes out of wells in the middle of the city.

Gulay and I host the 100% 5-star-rated Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto, where we focus on Kyoto's special connection to water. We filmed high-quality videos together and Gulay will…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Lee can host private groups of any size, up to 10 guests. Private group rates start at $89.

What to bring

  • Fast internet connection
  • Working webcam and microphone
  • Find yourself a nice, quiet room to be comfortable in
From $8
/ person
Thu, 22 Oct
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (EDT)
Join 3 other guests
$8 per person
$8 per person
Fri, 23 Oct
1:00 am - 2:00 am (EDT)
Join 2 other guests
$15 per person
$15 per person
Sun, 25 Oct
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (EDT)
$8 per person
$8 per person

Meet your host, Lee

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 31 Reviews
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I'm Lee. I was born in Singapore and worked across Asia on films commissioned by Al Jazeera English. Gulay and I co-host the 100% 5-star Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto (https://abnb.me/GNsgA7JMiab). Gulay shall be your host on this virtual version of that tour.

Gulay is a huge coffee lover who is super picky about her water, and her obsession led to us digging into historical records together. She used to be a guide in Istanbul, and for over 10 years she guided thousands of people through Turkey's best sights as a specialist in Christian and Islamic history. Gulay will draw on her deep knowledge of archaeology and medieval history to bring your attention to the whimsical, the fantastic, and the obscure hiding around the corner.

With the high-quality video we have shot around the city you too shall deep-dive into Kyoto's history.
I'm Lee. I was born in Singapore and worked across Asia on films commissioned by Al Jazeera English. Gulay and I co-host the 100% 5-star Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto (https://abnb.me/GNsgA7JMiab). Gulay shall be your host on this virtual version of that tour.

Gulay is a huge coffee lover who is super picky about her water, and her obsession led to us digging into historical records together. She used to be a guide in Istanbul, and for over 10 years she guided thousands of people…
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 31 reviews.

Karla
October 2020
The host was very nice and cute we laughed a lot and she knew so many things abiut Kyoto we almost felt like we were actually there. Loved it!!
Rachelle
October 2020
Kyoto is quickly rising on my list of places to get to as soon as this pandemic settles. Thank you so much for showing us around your beautiful city and the great story telling! I can’t wait to visit and eat mochi with you in person!
Marusya
October 2020
I really enjoyed this special 💦 trip around Kyoto. I liked the stories that the host told us and all the lovely charms we were shown.
Zena
October 2020
This experience comes from a deeply personal story (from Gulay) that adds positively to the overall event. We would recommend this activity if you wish to learn more about Kyoto :)
Jenny
October 2020
Very relaxing and enjoyable experience with Gulay. She presented hidden sides of Kyoto and introduce cultures that tourists like me would never learn. Highly recommended!
Diana
October 2020
I really loved the tour! Gülay not only has an amazing knowledge about the city and its traditions, but also her eyes shine when she talks about it, and that's something beautiful to see. There are some quizzes during the tour, making it even more enjoyable, and even if I failed all them (:s) it was super fun! I learned and discovered pretty cool new things, that's why I highly recommend this tour. The only bad thing? Now I want to go to Japan for real :) Thanks for such a cool experience, Gülay!
I really loved the tour! Gülay not only has an amazing knowledge about the city and its traditions, but also her eyes shine when she talks about it, and that's something beautiful…

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  • Thu, 22 Oct
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (EDT)
    Join 3 other guests
    $8 per person
  • Fri, 23 Oct
    1:00 am - 2:00 am (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $15 per person
  • Fri, 23 Oct
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (EDT)
    $20 per person
  • Fri, 23 Oct
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $20 per person
  • Sun, 25 Oct
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (EDT)
    $20 per person
  • Sun, 25 Oct
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (EDT)
    $8 per person
  • Sun, 25 Oct
    11:00 pm - 12:00 am (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $8 per person
  • Mon, 26 Oct
    1:00 am - 2:00 am (EDT)
    $15 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

Be sure to have a working microphone and camera so that we can all see each other during the experience. You will need a fast and stable internet connection, so mobile 3G/4G connections are not recommended.