Private tour

Kyoto: Arashiyama Customized Rickshaw Tour & Bamboo Forest

4.9 / 5

33 reviews

Activity provider: Ebisuya Rickshaw
Private tour

Kyoto: Arashiyama Customized Rickshaw Tour & Bamboo Forest

Activity provider: Ebisuya Rickshaw

From US$ 61.14 per person

Together with your personal guide, enjoy a rickshaw tour through Arashiyama, one of Kyoto's greenest, most picturesque and historic neighborhoods.

About this activity

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Duration 45 - 190 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Private group


  • 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.
  • Private rickshaw tour
  • Knowledgeable, local guide
  • Photo stops at instagrammable spots along the tour
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Hotel pickup
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Selfie sticks

Know before you go

  • Adult pricing applies to age 6 and over
  • A maximum of 2 adults per rickshaw
  • Up to 2 children, 5 years and under, can ride with 2 adults (children have to ride on ad adult's lap)
  • While rickshaws are able to fit 2 adults, each rickshaw is 21.1 inches (74 centimeters) wide, but sometimes it might be more comfortable to book individual rickshaws for each passenger
  • If a child 5 years will be using one of the 2 seats of the rickshaw, it must book as an adult (full fare paying guest)
  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 33 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
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We took the 70 minute tour and it was an amazing experience. We enjoyed it thoroughly. Our rickshaw pullers are professional and friendly. They are patient to answer our questions, generous in sharing information about the different sites and help us to take beautiful photos. The whole ride was also very smooth and safe! We would highly recommend this tour for an unforgettable Arashiyama experience. If you are still considering about it, don’t think any more. Go for it. You won’t regret.

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March 24, 2023

It was truly an experience like never before! We were able to enjoy the beautiful Bamboo Forest fully minus the walking and going thru the crowd of people. Our guides, Nabe and Daici were funny and entertaining, speaks English so well sharing with us the history of places as we paszed by, took our family pictures at great spots, give us insights on Japanese lifestyle and cultures. Our 8 year old son was so happy on the rickshaw. Truly, it is a must have experience for anyone who visits Kyoto!!

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March 24, 2023

My driver Nabe san was amazing. He knew lots about the surrounding area and was so nice and informative. I did the 130minute slot and it was so worth it. Nabe san had me laughing and learning Japanese slang as we toured. I would highly recommend this experience!

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 101705