Hi I was born and raised here. I've lived in Tokyo and elsewhere, I've traveled to more than 30 countries across the globe. But Kyoto has always been a special place in the world for me.
I have confidently created this Arashiyama walking tour because I feel it's such a pity that most of the tourists see the famous "Kyoto bamboo forest" only. I can say it loud, ARASHIYAMA OFFERS MUCH MORE THAN THE INSTAGRAMMABLE BAMBOO FOREST! In fact, the area is the aristocrats' villa in the Heian period (794-1192) where you can appreciate Kyoto's traditional aesthetics and the beautiful nature.
No wonder that the area is one of the most visited sites in Kyoto. But, let's all be real now. It is oftentimes too packed with tourists and their selfie sticks during the peak seasons. That's exactly why I believe having a tour with us is the best way to get around, learn, and experience the real Arashiyama because our certified guides will take you to the hidden route which is difficult for you to discover by yourself!
The tour starts from JR Saga-Arashiyama station. Unlike the normal and very crowded route to directly go to the bamboo forest, we will meet at the North Exit of the station and we will head to oftentimes unnoticed area of ‘Saga-Toriimoto’. By visiting very local gift shops and beautiful local temples/shrines, I'm sure you will be convinced why aristocrats more than 10 centuries ago have cherished the area :)
No worries, we will go to the famous "Arashiyama bamboo forest" and the UNESCO World Heritage site, Tenryuji-Temple!
Our guides will do their best to explain its history and some interesting stories!
In addition to visiting beautiful spots and learning about the area, we will take you to a restaurant where we will eat authentically traditional Kyoto cuisine including Tofu, Namafu, and others depending on your own choice! What's great about the restaurant is that they offer Halal, Vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well for everyone!
At Magical Trip, we aim to provide a unique experience for each one of our beloved customers. Please do feel free to ask our local guides any questions about the tour and beyond :) We hope we can be friends because I personally believe the human connections are the most precious gift from which we can gain through travelling!
See you in Kyoto!