Go Kyoto by Go-Kart with English speaking guide

Go Kyoto by Go-kart with English speaking guide

Discover a brand new activity in Kyoto - viewing the historic capital from a completely different angle by riding on a rented go-kart. And surprisingly on a public road! Riding the extremely low go-kart while passing through hidden historic paths will make you feel like a would-be formula car racer in Monaco or Singapore. You will go beneath the huge red torii gate of the Shinto shrine, along the world famous zen monastery’s earthen wall, along a beautiful river side lined with an uncountable number of cherry trees - all in addition to being able to involve yourself in the busy central part of the city.

Now, you might feel it’s improper to be touring around such fabulous historic sites by go-kart, however, English speaking guide will escort you, riding a separate go-kart with utmost care in such a way as to ensure no annoyance to locals and other tourists. In fact, they will smile at you occasionally while waving as you pass by them, and you’ll end up feeling comfortable being watched by pedestrians, taxi drivers or even by rickshaw drivers by the time you finish your nearly two-hour ride. But please do keep in mind that the nature of this activity is not an endorsement for racing, which is strictly prohibited. So enjoy a little of that Grand Prix feeling while keeping good traffic manners - and enjoy the smiles you win along the way!

Morning Go-kart ride

Itinerary

09:00-09:40 Orientation including safety briefing and tour course overview guide at meeting room near Kyoto City Hall
09:40-10:00

Driving practice near the go-kart garage (time required for practice may vary depending on driver’s skill)

10:00-12:00 Driving along historic paths, beautiful river side and central part of the city

Afternoon Go-kart ride

Itinerary

13:00-13:40 Orientation including safety briefing and tour course overview guide at meeting room near Kyoto City Hall
13:40-14:00

Driving practice near the go-kart garage (time required for practice may vary depending on driver’s skill)

14:00-16:00 Driving along historic paths, beautiful river side and central part of the city

During the go-kart ride, Guests will stop by some check points, and a licensed English speaking guide will explain about traditions as well as modern parts of Kyoto. Guests will also have the chance to take photos and enjoy drinks (drinks are not included in the tour fee)

Price
  • English speaking guide
  • Go-kart rental fee
  • Insurance
  • fuel
  • Event photos
Number of guest Price per guest
2-4 ¥19,000

License requrement

Valid Japanese driver’s license, Japanese SOFA license, or International Driving Permit is required. Holders of a license from Belgium, France, Germany, Monaco, Slovenia, Switzerland or Taiwan can use their driver’s license with an official Japanese translation provided by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) or the country’s embassy or consulate in Japan.

Bring a valid driver’s license and a your passport (passports not required for Japanese) for participation.

Go-kart

Only one-seater karts are available. No two-seater models.
Rental go-kart is designed to be suitable for guests with a height of 150cm to 185cm, and weight of 100 kg or less. If over 100kg, the kart will not accelerate well.
Rental costumes and helmets (if you would like to wear them) are available for free.

Tour course

Go-kart ride course occasionally changes due to traffic conditions. The activity is cancelled in the event of rain, snow or bad road conditions. When the activity is cancelled due to such bad conditions, 100% tour fare will be refunded.

Insurance

The insurance fee is included in the price.
Third Party Liability (bodily injury / death / property damage): Unlimited
Guest (driver) himself/herself: Up to JPY 30,000,000

Disclaimer: If the rented go-kart is damaged due to improper operation or traffic accidents due to your negligence, payment of JPY 50,000 for cosmetic damage will be required as compensation, with JPY 100,000 required as compensation in the case of functional damage to the vehicle.

Video clips of go-Karts ride

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Meeting point

Direction to departure location

Take taxi and get off at the junction of the Kawaramachi street and Nijo street. CLOTO Building is located on the southwestern side of the junction.

Not recommended for participants who are pregnant, have heart problems or other serious medical conditions.

Payment by credit card is acceptable.

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