Day trip to ancient Nara Curious deer, Todai-ji Temple, lush parks and Kansai cuisine in Japan’s old capital.
- Kyoto, Japan
- 9 hours
- from $100.13 USD per person
based on 8 adults
Multiple languages available
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!
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 not included
Your hotel/apartment or any other central location
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Dear Georgia, Thank you so much for our wonderful time together today. Very special, we wish you well in all ways.
Taibi started out as a guide and ended up like family! He’s very knowledgeable about Kyoto and made sure to take me off the beaten path, which is exactly what I wanted. Highly recommended!
Taibi did a wonderful tour for my husband and I in Kyoto. He took us from one end of the city to the other using including a tour of the Bamboo Forest and surrounding area, the Golden Temple, the Silver Temple, and the Nishiki Market. We enjoyed sampling Kyoto specialties and meeting numerous students. And throughout the tour he shared great information about Kyoto and his experiences there. He went well above and beyond what we would expect from a tour guide. Great experience.
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