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The Alternative Arashiyama

Off the Beaten Path

Gulay G.

5.00(3) reviews
5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

The popular areas of Arashiyama and Sagano which beautifully bring together nature and historic landmarks are more enjoyable with a path less traveled. Starting from Togetsu-kyo Bridge, we will take tour of the hidden spots including Bamboo grove, World Heritage-worthy ancient temples and smaller shrines and temples and Togetsukyo Bridge. Let's discover the area far away from the crowd.

Meeting Point

Kyoto Station

Togetsukyo Bridge

Sagano Bamboo Grove


The Atago Kaido

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji

Ending Point

Kyoto Station

What to Expect

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji: 1200 unique and whimsical Buddha statues.

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji: You'll find 8000 Buddhist statues here placed in memory of those who died without kin.

The Atago Kaido: Pilgrimage route with traditional shops.

Jojakkoji: The temple offers great overlook views of Arashiyama area.

Sagano Bamboo Grove: Magical, another world.

Togetsukyo Bridge: Iconic image of Arashiyama area.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, guide's transportation fee

What‘s not included

Personal Expenses

Admission tickets (1500 yen per person for 3 temples total)


Public Transportation Tickets (580 yen per person round trip from Kyoto Station)

Food, Drinks, Snacks (approx. 700-1500 yen per person)

Important Information

I will be happy to answer any questions you might have, drop me a message anytime.

Thank you.


Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Suzanne S.

Mar 9, 2023

Navigating the train system

We had an interesting and productive tour with Guya. She was incredibly knowledgeable and helped us to navigate the rail system and plan our travels with her expertise. She simplified what to us was a daunting process. We appreciated all her knowledge of Japan and recommendations for restaurants and must see sights. A lovely morning!


Akram A.

Oct 16, 2022

Excellent one day tour in Tokyo

She is the best, very knowledgeable and nice person, knows many many places from historical to modern to food and fashion.. tells stories and history about the place you visit. I really enjoyed the tour. Thank you Gulay.

Gulay G.

Thank you so much for your review, Mr. Akram. It was a great pleasure for me to guide you :)


Alison C.

Mar 14, 2021

So much fun!

I truly enjoyed my Kyoto ghost tour with Gulay. She was very outgoing and knowledgeable and told the tales in an engaging manner. I recommend it to anyone looking for a spooky night in!

$168/ per group

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