Kyoto Arashiyama Bamboo forest & Garden Half-Day Walking TourTravel deeper into Arashiyama's villa landscapes, beautiful Japanese gardens, and a bamboo forest with a local guide★★★★★
- 5 hour tour
- Small group tour
- English speaking guide
What makes this tour unique
- Visit Tenryu-Ji temple and its majestic garden once owned by aristocrats, officially recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
- Make everlasting memories in the Kyoto's bamboo forest, with knowledge and insight from an Arashiyama insider.
- A traditional sho-jin style lunch at the UNESCO World Heritage, Tenryu-ji temple.
Tips and recommendations by our official guides
I've confidently designed this Arashiyama walking tour because I believe it's unfortunate that most tourists only visit the famous "Kyoto bamboo forest." Let me emphasize this: ARASHIYAMA OFFERS MUCH MORE THAN JUST AN INSTAGRAMMABLE BAMBOO FOREST!
It's no surprise that the area ranks among the most visited sites in Kyoto. However, let's face reality. During peak seasons, it's often overly crowded with tourists and their selfie sticks. That's precisely why I think touring with us offers the best experience. Our certified guides will lead you through hidden routes, including stunning local Zen gardens that might be challenging for you to discover on your own.
The tour commences at JR Saga-Arashiyama station. Instead of taking the typical and congested route directly to the bamboo forest, we'll meet at the North Exit of the station and proceed to a local Japanese garden. I'm confident that visiting this garden will allow you to experience the tranquility and beauty of Zen.
Our guides will share insights on how to appreciate the Japanese garden, coupled with fascinating historical anecdotes.
Beyond exploring the picturesque gardens and understanding the area's history, we'll treat you to a local lunch at a unique restaurant. What sets this eatery apart is its breathtaking view of the Katsura River, a sight often overlooked by tourists!
At Magical Trip, our goal is to offer a distinctive experience to each cherished customer. Feel free to ask our local guides any questions about the tour or anything else. I genuinely hope we can form a connection because, in my view, human connections are the most valuable treasures we gain from traveling.
See you in Kyoto!
Immerse yourself in solitude in the mesmerizing nature of Arashiyama.
Our knowledgeable local guide will lead you to a hidden gem, a serene Japanese temple, and a picturesque garden that often eludes tourists' radars. We'll provide insights on appreciating Japanese garden aesthetics as well as drawing intriguing comparisons between Eastern and Western beauty. The morning ambience is truly invigorating, allowing for a leisurely stroll through this enchanting area, with delightful stops at traditional shops along the way.
Visit the world famous, must-visit bamboo forest and Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO world heritage site, and immerse yourself in its rich history.
Afterwards, We'll explore some of Arashiyama's renowned landmarks, including the iconic bamboo grove and the scenic Okawauchi Sanso garden, where we can relish a serene garden walk.
Have a local Kyoto lunch and visit UNESCO world heritage temples Tenryu-ji.
After taking photos in bamboo forest, Our next destination is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Tenryu-ji Temple, where we'll immerse ourselves in the tranquility and elegance of Zen. Inside the temple grounds, you'll discover a restaurant serving authentic Sho-jin cuisine, originally crafted for Buddhist monks, providing an opportunity to savor authentic Kyoto dishes.
North Exit of JR Saga-Arashiyama
- A guide will be holding a orange signboard saying "Magical Trip Tour"
- JR Saga Arashiyama Sta North Exit
- Ohkawauchi Sanso Japanese garden
- Bamboo Grove
- Lunch near Togetsukyo Bridge
- Give recommendations around the area and finish tour"
- All ages can join this tour.
- All of the entrance fees to temples are included as well as lunch.
- As we will enter buddhist and shintoist facilities, please make sure to wear respectful clothing.
- As this is a walking tour, please make sure you wear shoes with which you feel comfortable walking long distance
- You are welcome to bring your young children and baby on this tour, but if you would like to leave your children with a sitter, we can refer you to an outside sitter service, please contact us before booking.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the tour starting time.
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