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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Zoom Around Kyoto, the City of Water

Kyoto, JapanPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Lee

60 mins
Up to 6 people. Private groups available for up to 20
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

✔ Highly rated by groups celebrating birthdays and anniversaries
✔ Good for team building experiences - have fun together in Japan

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 gushes out of old 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 Japanese garden 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 finish 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 find out how water has shaped culture in the ancient Japanese capital.
✔ Highly rated by groups celebrating birthdays and anniversaries
✔ Good for team building experiences - have fun together in Japan

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 gushes out of old wells in the middle of the city.

Gulay and I host the 100% 5-star-rated Hidden Water Cycling…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book for a private group
    Lee can host private groups of any size, up to 20 guests. Private group rates start at £76.

What to bring

  • Fast internet connection (not mobile 3G or 4G)
  • Working webcam and microphone (ideally headphones too)
  • Find yourself a nice, quiet room to be comfortable in
From £11
/ person
Tue, 1 Dec
18:30 - 19:30 (EST)
£13 per person
£13 per person
Tue, 1 Dec
20:00 - 21:00 (EST)
Join 5 other guests
£13 per person
£13 per person
Tue, 1 Dec
23:30 - 00:30 (EST)
Join 3 other guests
£13 per person
£13 per person

Meet your host, Lee

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 62 Reviews
  • Identity verified
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 4.97 out of 5 from 62 reviews.

Christa
November 2020
We have spent time in Kyoto a few times before, so were excited to feel a rush of nostalgia- and we did, but Gulay introduced us to secret spots and treats we’d never seen before. It was lovely.
Yotam
November 2020
Lee was great! It was very interesting to meet her , hear her story and learn about Kyoto in a very different way. Thanks!
Katarzyna
November 2020
I love this tour! I have learned about Kyoto and history as well as got a unique perspective of the city. I recommend! Lee was great!
Angie
November 2020
Overall five star experience with our lovely host Gulay :) Whats good: interactive style; beautiful footage;mouthwatering foodie experience; Could be better: would love to see some live videos from Kyoto to enhance the "touring "experience post-COVID. Looking forward to travel to Kyoto in the near future and join Gulay's cycling tour in person!! Angie & Penny
Overall five star experience with our lovely host Gulay :) Whats good: interactive style; beautiful footage;mouthwatering foodie experience; Could be better: would love to see som…
Jill
November 2020
I love how Gulay used water to tie all the stops together and weave a connected story. I also thought it was interesting to tour the city with a non-native, as it gave a different perspective to the city.
Tiffany
November 2020
I had a great time doing this virtual tour. I feel like I learned a lot about Kyoto, water, and mochi! I can't wait to visit the area in-person. Thanks again!

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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.