Out of all the beautiful spots in Kyoto, Arashiyama is at the top of the list for centuries. 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 Backroads 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 lesser-traveled paths and hidden gem temples nestled in the mountains is key to making the most of your time in Arashiyama. This is in line with our in depth cultural approach to touring. Of course, we'll stop at a few popular must-see locations as well to round out the experience. Additionally, this walk offers some great chances to do some shopping for local crafts and unique gifts.

Arashiyama Backroads Walking Tour

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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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