Private tour

Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove and Temple Tour

4.1 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: City Unscripted

Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove and Temple Tour

Activity provider: City Unscripted

From US$ 190.18 per person

With a local by your side, explore the enchanting Arashiyama district, famed for beautiful scenery and natural wonders like the Bamboo Grove, Togetsukyo Bridge, Jojakko-ji Temple, and Tenryuji Temple.

About this activity

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Pickup included
You will be met at any location in the centre Kyoto or Arashiyama. The host will reach out to you beforehand to confirm your requested location. If you are staying in the centre of Kyoto or Arashiyama, the host will meet you at your hotel (please specify the name and address of the hotel).
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Be matched to a knowledgeable local guide based on your interests and personality
  • Explore one of the most naturally beautiful locations in Japan with a helpful host to guide you
  • Visit Monkey Park Iwatayama and the Okochi Sanso Villa
  • Walk through Arashiyama’s most famous areas, including the Bamboo Grove and Tenryū-ji Temple
  • As well as famous sights, get insider tips on secret spots that locals love
Full description
West of Kyoto, a 25-minute tram ride away, you’ll find one of Japan’s most beautiful locations. The imperial family built retreats in Arashiyama solely for its scenery – and 1000 years later, nothing has changed. Marvel at majestic rivers and leafy peaks, and, with help from your host, experience these sights like a local: from cruising on a rowing boat through the sparkling waters or from a scenic lookout point high in the mountains. Explore Tenryū-ji Temple and its unchanged garden from centuries ago and exit into the seemingly endless, emerald-glowing Bamboo Grove, winding dreamily uphill. You could walk across the glittering Katsura River and spy excited macaques at the Arashiyama Monkey Park, or you could wander between Zen temples, breathing in the fragrant air, and celebrate the spirit of ancient Japan. The bamboo forest might be the main reason to visit Arashiyama, but with a host, you can see (and do) so much more. Rent a boat in the pristine lower Hozu-gawa area, row down the river between lush green mountains, or hike up mountains to see the cityscape from a scenic lookout point. Your itinerary will be fully personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local partner's team will be in touch, so just let them know if you have any special requirements. Book an early time slot if you wish to escape the crowds.
Includes
  • Private and personalized experience
  • 6 hours with a local host
  • Tickets to 4 of the followings: Tenryu-ji, Jojakko-ji, Gio-ji, Otagi Nenbutsuji, Daikaku-ji
  • Tickets to Okochi Sanso Villa
  • Tickets to Monkey Park Iwatayama
  • Walking experience
  • Additional entrance fees
  • Transportation fees
  • Food or drink
  • Gratuities (optional)

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  • Your local host will contact you to arrange a meeting time and location and to get to know you and create a personal itinerary
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Service
    3.5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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The bamboo grove was spectacular. Pictures were amazing but seeing it person is sooo much ch better. The mountain climb to the tea garden and beyond was an unexpected lovely surprise. The views are breathtaking. The temples and shrines are a thing of beauty as well. Monkey park was thoroughly enjoyable. From the beautiful hike to reaching the top and enjoying the monkeys. Marvelous!!

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September 26, 2019

A little stressed at the beginning because we didn't know where the meeting point was because I only looked at my emails the night before while Connor was waiting for an answer from us In short, he was able to manage We left in bus and train then we went at our own pace C an excursion that makes a lot of walking in nature In any case, we enjoyed it a lot as much as Connor did everything he can to make our day pleasant

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August 1, 2019

That was a great full day of fun!

Taibi was great. My son didn’t make it because he had to do some homework and he missed out. Taibi was helpful and was informative. He took a lot of photographs of me in many settings which was perfect for future memories. We started out at the Monkey park and then to the Bamboo grove and he had me taste many new things on the way. At lunch we went to a small restaurant Ton Ton and had a fabulous meal. Then we walked around Nishi market and Gion and then he set me up with a bus at the end of the day that dropped me off 250 feet from my Hotel. I had a fabulous full day of exploring Kyoto! Taibi did a wonderful job helping me understand and experience Kyoto. Thank you!!!!

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March 10, 2019

Product ID: 207789