Out of all the beautiful locations in Kyoto, Arashiyama is at the top of almost anyone's list. Only 15 minutes by train from Kyoto Station, Arashiyama's location on the edge of the city gives it a small town feel. The thickly forested mountains and traditional houses lining winding roads will bring on the feeling of stepping into a small countryside village - all without leaving the Kyoto city limits. Arashiyama means "Mountain of Storms," but you'll find it to be the most peaceful spot in the whole city, giving you a chance to relax and experience a slower, more traditional side of Kyoto.

Tourists flock to Arashiyama by the hordes, especially during the seasons for cherry blossoms and fall leaves. However, our Arashiyama Walking Tour is specifically tailored to show you a side of the area that most other visitors rarely experience. Avoiding the main streets and busy sites in favor of back roads and "hidden gem" temples nestled in the mountains is key to making the most of your time in Arashiyama. Of course, we'll stop at a few popular must-see locations as well to round out the experience.

The following is a sample itinerary for the Arashiyama Walking Tour:

  • Begin far up in the hills at Kyoto's best secret temple, and meet the 1200 stone followers of Buddha carved by local artists. A true hidden gem.
  • Explore the a quiet Buddhist graveyard with over 8000 carefully arranged mini gravestones, rarely visited by tourists.
  • Enjoy your own secret private bamboo grove, perfect for taking pictures without hordes of tourists in the background!
  • Visit a small retreat once occupied by a scorned lover that features an interesting Buddhist altar and lush moss garden.
  • See the inside of a famous poet's forest hut and marvel at the simplicity of the traditional life he chose to live.
  • Browse through handicraft shops offering items unique to the Arashiyama area made from local materials.
  • Wander through the maze-like paths of a vast private villa built by a star of silent samurai films in the 1920s.
  • Enjoy a cup of matcha green tea and fresh sweets at the tea pavilion in the garden at the above mentioned villa.
  • Walk through the world famous Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto's ultimate selfie spot.
  • Finish with your choice of Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, OR continue down the bamboo path to visit a small forest shrine.
  • Stick around Arashiyama after the tour to grab lunch and continue sightseeing on your own. Don't forget to visit the monkey park!

(the above itinerary may change slightly due to closures, seasonal crowds, and weather)

Arashiyama Backroads Walking Tour

Duration: approx. 4.5 to 5.5 hours

Price: 24,500 yen for one guest

(4,500 yen for each additional guest)

A taxi option is not available for this walking tour.

For groups of more than 3 guests, a transportation surcharge of 1000 yen will be added.

We had a day of sightseeing [in Arashiyama] and walking in the little neighborhoods, combining some of the most well known sights with some really cool places that had no other foreign tourists. Each was amazing! Our guide Terin was a wealth of knowledge and had stories and information about it all. My kids came back to the hotel still excited about what they had seen and reciting many of the facts they learned! Having a “real” English speaking guide (who speaks Japanese) was extra nice especially when discussing some of the differences between the cultures.
— FLtravels, from Florida via Trip Advisor

                  Arashiyama is featured in this aerial video produced by our friends at Awadrone


Additional information

  • This is a walking tour, so comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Most of the route is a long down hill walk, but there are a few slopes.
  • Tour price includes transportation fees (train, bus), temple admission fees, and tea pavilion bill.
  • Guests are responsible for any additional food or drink purchased while on the tour.
  • Additional activities chosen by the guests during an all day tour must be paid for by guests.
  • Taxis are not available to all locations in Arashiyama.
  • Itinerary subject to change due to seasonal changes in temple hours, special events, transportation delays, weather, or other factors. Guests will be kept informed of any itinerary changes as they occur on the day of the tour.
  • Please read our terms and conditions for more information before booking.

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