1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Arashiyama

Kyoto: Arashiyama Customized Rickshaw Tour & Bamboo Forest

Product ID: 101705
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Together with your personal guide, enjoy a rickshaw tour through Arashiyama, one of Kyoto's greenest, most picturesque and historic neighborhoods.
About this activity
Duration 45 - 190 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy an informative, private, and fully customizable rickshaw tour through Arashiyama and the bamboo forest
  • Relax at the sight of Kyoto's lush nature
  • Explore the charming and quiet neighborhood streets of Arashiyama
  • Have access to an exclusive rickshaw path through the bamboo forest
  • Visit unique temples and gardens
Full description
Your guide and chariot await at Kyoto’s iconic Togetsu-kyo bridge in Arashiyama, a nationally designated historic site and place of scenic beauty on Kyoto’s western fringe. Be amazed by the district’s main attraction, a towering grove of thick bamboo stalks with a pedestrian and rickshaw path cutting through it.

Seeing its beauty, you’ll understand why the Japanese have a fond appreciation for nature. Admire the scenery, which is a blend of serene nature, tended gardens, and dazzling shrines, as your rickshaw driver pulls you up the mountain. Next you’ll see the beautiful Nonomiya Shrine, a Shinto site. If you’ve chosen the 45-minute tour, at this point you’ll end back at the starting point. But if you choose a longer tour, up to 3 hours and 10 minutes, you’ll continue through more of Arashiyama’s wealth of sites.

Explore Rakushisya’s cottage, a rustic thatch-roof cottage that was once the home of one of Japan’s revered poets and haiku masters. Those continuing on will be pulled to spots not seen by many tourists. Explore more ancient temples, including Shinto shrines and the Buddhist Nison-in, as your guide whisks you through some amazing places before returning to Togetsu-kyo bridge.

The Kyoto Arashiyama Tour is available in four different options: 45 minutes, 1 hour and 10 minutes, 2 hours and 10 minutes, and 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Includes
  • Private rickshaw tour
  • Knowledgeable, local guide
  • Photo stops at instagrammable spots along the tour
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Admission fees to temples
  • Hotel pickup

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At the rickshaw stand by Togetsukyo Bridge or at the south exit of JR Saga-Arashiyama Station.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Adult pricing applies to age 7 and over
• A maximum of 2 adults per rickshaw
• Up to 2 children, 6 years and under, can ride with 2 adults (children have to ride on ad adult's lap)
• While rickshaws are able to fit two adults, each rickshaw is 21.1 inches (74 centimeters) wide, but sometimes it might be more comfortable to book individual rickshaws for each passenger
• Wheelchair- and stroller-friendly
• Not recommended for expecting mothers in their first 16 weeks of pregnancy
• This tour can be customized depending on your interest