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  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Arashiyama

Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Walking Food Tour

Product ID: 66059
On this tour, you will visit a beautiful bridge called the Togetsukyo, bamboo grove and Tenryu-ji temple with beautiful traditional gardens. Then head for the Sagano area. While walking, you'll stop by many stores and try various types of local food.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the bamboo grove, a very scenic spot
  • See Togetsukyo bridge and the world heritage, Tenryuji temple's garden
  • Enjoy many types of Kyoto food while walking
Full description
Start the tour from the JR Saga Arashiyama station. The Arashiyama district, located west of the Kyoto city center, has long been a scenic leisure spot. Many ancient aristocrats had their villas here 1000 years ago and enjoyed writing literature and poetry. Today, the area is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kyoto. 

First, explore the Bamboo Forest and quiet Sagano District, a peaceful neighborhood known for its beautiful maple trees. While walking, taste some croquette, soy milk donuts, leek pancakes, and fish cakes. Then, visit Tenryu-ji temple which was built in 1339 by the Shogun Ashikaga in memory of the Emperor Go-Daigo and was a complex of more than 100 buildings. They were mostly destroyed by fires and civil wars over the years, but the traditional garden remains in its original form, designed by the monk Muso. Enjoy walking in the landscaped garden.

Then, head over to the Togetsukyo bridge which, as the area’s landmark, dates back to the 9th-century and provides a good photo taking spot for visitors today. At the end of this half-day tour, you can enjoy great views in the Japanese garden with traditional style matcha tea sweets.
Includes
  • English guide
  • Food on menu
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick up
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At the ticket gate of the JR Saga Arashiyama station, which is on the 2nd floor (http://blog.japanwondertravel.com/Arashiyama-map.pdf). Please do not down the stairs.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes because you will walk approximately 3.5 KM on this tour
• Please note that this is a group tour
• Please advise when booking if you have an appointment or other plans after the tour because there could be a delay when the tour ends
• Please advise the tour operator in advance if you have any food allergies
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Excellent food and sights tour of Kyoto, by a true local

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Japan! Our tour guide, Yasuna, was very friendly and knew Arashiyama from a young age, so her knowledge of the sights we saw was brilliant. We discovered Arashiyama from a quieter perspective than if we had done the exploration ourselves, so this was a real bonus. The food was delicious and a real insight into local street food. We were only in Kyoto for the day, so we would highly recommend this tour to anyone that wanted to see the sights of Arashiyama in a short space of time. A really fantastic tour

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February 15, 2019

This tour was so interesting. A great way to learn so many things!

Thank you for providing so much information in such an enjoyable way. Highly recommend this tour and this company.

September 6, 2019

Very personal tour experience

Very friendly and knowledgeable Guide! Hiromi provided so much information even for plans we had the next day. She described customs and traditions and really helped provide a full experience!

May 15, 2019

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Product ID: 66059