Perfect for people who love the nature and walking - with a private guide
Kyoto has more than 1000 years of history, and this tour is a great way to explore and discover the hidden gems of the western part of city. Going through a bamboo forest which affords an picturesque view of green poles covering an area of 16 square kilometers, listen to the sound the wind makes as it blow through the grove. Climbing up a small hill of Arashiyama park, you will find a a spectacular view of Hozu-kyo Gorge. After having lunch at a local restaurant, let's visit places that are off the beaten path.
This is a full day 8-hour tour which allows a fully guided tour showing you a lot of secret spots of Kyoto.
As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. Please let me know of any special request.
Meet at your hotel or the entrance of Kyoto Tourist Information Center "Kyo-navi" on the second floor of JR Kyoto station Building in the morning.
Saga Arashiyama station (on foot)
Walking through Arashiyama park to the Hozu river
Togetsu bridge and nearby area
Otaginenbutsudera temple or Adashino nenbutuji temple
Preserved town area of Saga-Toriimoto
Walking back to bamboo forest passing by Rakushisha
JR Saga-Arashiyama station or Keifuku Arashiyama station
Itinerary-2: (For the people who have been to Tenryuji temple and bamboo forest)
Your hotel in Kyoto city
JR Saga-Arashiyama station
Togetsu bridge and nearby area
Walking through Arashiyama park to bamboo forest
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at the lobby of your hotel or the entrance of Kyoto Tourist Information Center "Kyo-navi" on the second floor of JR Kyoto station Building.
End location: We will return to the starting point. Help will be provided in directing or assisting you to your next desired location.
Duration: 8 hours
The tour duration might be affected by the weather or the traffic.
We will take a public bus, tram, JR train and also do a long distance walking.
It is sometimes advisable to take a taxi in order to save time. A taxi can take 4 people at maximum. It costs about 800JPY~2,500JPY to go from one place to another.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4500 JPY - transportation/person: about 1,000 yen
(when using public transportation only)
Admission fee (Tenryuji : 600 yen, Otaginenbutsuji : 300 yen, Gioji temple: 300 yen)
Lunch: 1,000-3,000 yen/person (depenging on your choice)
I do not have a commercial driver's license, so I cannot drive during tours.
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My husband and I always hire a private guide from Tours by locals in our numerous travels over the last 3 years but we have not met anyone like Meiko, so earnest and patiently emailing with me after extensive research to make sure the activities and our interests would be included in our customized tour. A perfect guide is resourceful, knowledgeable of the places, anticipates the needs of her client and sensitive to the pace of the client - Meiko is that kind of guide! Shirley