Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
Day Trip 6 hours

Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden

The hidden temples, glittering rivers, and bamboo forests of Japan’s most flawless gem await

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6 hours

From $103.75  USD per person (based on 8 adults)

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  • From $103.75 USD pp (based on 8 adults)

  • Private & 100% personalized tour

  • 6 hours

  • Walking Tour

  • Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)

What you'll do

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, and row down the river running between lush green mountains, or hike up these very mountains to see the cityscape from a scenic lookout point. Explore Tenryū-ji Temple and its garden that stands unchanged 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 with a traditional kaiseki meal. 

  • Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden
  • Arashiyama: Japan’s Garden of Eden

Where you'll go

West of Kyoto, a 25-minute tram ride away, you’ll find one Japan’s most exquisite locations. The imperial family built retreats in Arashiyama solely for its scenery – and 1000 years later, nothing has changed. Marvel at splendid 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. See the ancient Tenryū-ji Temple, and exit the north gate into the otherworldly Bamboo Grove, a densely lined pathway stretching out of sight. Take a 10-minute stroll across Katsura River to Arashiyama Monkey Park, where playful macaques put on a show, then head back to town for a meal - and a bamboo ice-cream!

    • Explore one of the most naturally beautiful locations in Japan with a helpful host to guide your journey
    • Walk through Arashiyama’s most famous areas, including the Bamboo Grove and Tenryū-ji Temple
    • Take part in local pastimes, like rowing across the river, or hiking up the mountains for a birds-eye view
    • Enjoy a traditional meal (and salty bamboo ice-cream, if you’re feeling adventurous)
    • Have a friendly local insider to suggest other areas to visit on your vacation
    • This experience will be personalized to you!
    • What’s included
    • Private and personalized experience
    • 6 hours with a host
    • Tickets to 4 of the following 5 temples: Tenryu-ji, Jojakko-ji, Gio-ji, Otagi Nenbutsuji, Daikaku-ji
    • Tickets to Okochi Sanso Villa
    • Tickets to Monkey Park Iwatayama
    • Walking experience ( other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)
    • What’s not included
    • Food and drinks
    • Tickets to attractions other than the ones listed above
    • Bicycle rentals
    • Transportation costs
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

  • Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

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How it works

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    We introduce you to your perfect local Build your perfect tour and experience together
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    The best part! Experience the city like you would with a knowledgeable friend living there
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