Enjoy riding on trams with scenic river views and visiting Tenryuji temple/bamboo path etc.
Local Kyoto citizens have long loved this spot ever since JR local line with locomotives was obsolete and replaced by the "Sagano Romantic Train" in 1991. With 25 minutes ride on this tram from Saga/Arashiyama station to Kameoka station, you can enjoy scenic views of Hozugawa river with its beautiful canyon. Before the ride, we will stroll around historical sites at Sagano area for about 2. 5 hours, visiting Nonomiya shrine, bamboo path, Tenryuji temple, Togetsukyo bridge, and Kameyama park. The original itinerary of this tour takes about 6 hours for round trip starting at Kyoto station. It can be accommodated subject to your request and schedule, i. e. to visit Monkey park instead of Tenryuji temple. (PLease note Sagano Romantic Train will close the operation during the off season, from Dec. 30 through the end of February. Also, it is closed on most of Wednesday. You can contact me for your itinerary beforehand. )
The original plan of this tour is that it starts from 8:30 at your hotel in Kyoto and finish the tour at 14:30 at Kyoto station. Or a later start with a later return is possible too. Following is the itinerary: Your hotel (at 8:30)-Kyoto station (9:00)-JR Saga/Arashiyama (9:30)-walking to Nonomiya shrine, Bamboo path, Tenryuji temple, Togetsukyo bridge, Kameyama Park, and arrive at the tram station Arashiyama before 12:30. Having a snack lunch for 30 minutes, and riding on a tram at 13:10, we get off at Kameyama station at 13:30. Walking to JR station Umahori(0. 5 hours), we take a train for Kyoto with an arrival around 14:30.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
End Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 6 hours
From January through February,this trip is not available, for a tram service is closed. Also, there are certain days when a tram service is off, subject to its schedule and notice. If you unfortunately chose these days for this tour, we will adjust our route with alternatives.
We will take public transportation, i.e. subway, bus, trains and taxis when necessary. Especially, for exploring Hozukyo canyon, which is a highlight in this tour, we will take Romantic tram, a scenic train.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3000 Japanese Yen - This is an expense per person. Payments include public transportation fare (JR train & tram), admissions for Tenryuji temple and a snack (around 1000 J.yen) . Please keep it in mind that local restaurants basically do not accept a credit card, but cash only.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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Ken was an amazing and knowledgeable guide (and photographer)! He handled my family of 5 people with excellent care and we felt much more confident navigating the public transit after our tour. The transitions between activities were seamless, and his communication with us for purchasing tickets for the temples and romantic train was very effective. He even was kind enough to take us back to our hotel upon request after the tour so we wouldn't feel lost. Would highly recommend to all visiting Kyoto!