The hidden temples, glittering rivers, and bamboo forests of Japan’s most flawless gem await
From 103.75 USD pp (based on 8 adults)
Private & 100% personalized tour
Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)
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.
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!
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