Kyoto Arashiyama tour of traditional and entertainment spots

Art, Culture, & Historical

Kashima H.

4.57(54) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

This tour include Arashiyama one of the time-honored travel destinations located on the western outskirs of Kyoto, offering a breathtaking panorama of serene Mt.Arashiyama, Togetsukyo and featuring wide variety of tourist attractions ranging from Tenryu-ji Temple, spectacular bamboo groves ,Mt. Iwata Monkey Park to Arashiyama town strolling, shopping and most consumed local sweets tasting.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

10:00 AM

Tenryuji-temple

Tenryu-ji temple is a top-ranked among the Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto which is one of the 17 World Cultual Heritage-listed monuments in Kyoto and famous for strolling-style garden. This temple was originally constructed in 1339 by Ashikaga Takauji who is one of the Shogunate of Muromachi era (1336~1573). You can see Japanese traditional architecture, paintings, garden and so-on.


11:00 AM

Bamboo forest

Bamboo forest is one of the most impressive spots for many tourists coming to Japan. Bamboo is the symbol of vitality because it grow up very quickly. Bamboo crafts is used in the tea ceremony and flower arrangement. After leaving Tenryuji out from one of the gate, the bamboo forest called “Chikurin” come into your eyes immediately. This bamboo forest continues to the end of the road by around 400 meters. This area used to be the villa of the aristocracy in Heian era (end of 8th centyry ~ end of 12th century) and you can feel subtle and profound world even after 1000 years passed.

11:30 AM

Arashiyama park road down from Bamboo forest to Katsura river

You can see Kyoto Arashiyama area view and nature atmosphere while going down.

12:00 PM

Togetsukyo-bridge

Togetdsu-kyo bridge literally means “Crossing the moon”. This bridge was at first constructed by an ancient priest in around 840. By seeing this bridge, you can see various beautiful sceneries according to the change of each seasons. Mt.Arashiyama of west side of the bridge is registered as the place of scenic beauty and natural monument in Japan. You can enjoy cherry blossoms in April, fresh green in summer, graceful autumn leaves in fall and clean white snow landscape in winter. Current bridge was completed in 1934 with 155meter length and 11meter width. There are so many sceneries of this bridge found in the past many movies and TV dramas.

02:00 PM

To enjoy and see macaques living in the top of Mt.Iwata

Mt.Iwata Monkey park is located near in the west side of Togetsu-kyo Bridge. There are around 120 number of Japanese macaques living in the wild. After you enter the entrance of the monkey park with paying admission fee, you can enjoy light trekking onto the Mt.Arashiyama mountain road for about 20 minutes with enjoying the mountain scenery and reach the top of the mountain. The Japanese macaques are characteristic of red face and behind and the height is around 50cm ~ 60cm. They are well accustomed with us and receive special foods from us with very humorous faces. From the top of the mountain, you can see overview of Kyoto city.

03:30 PM

To enjoy Arashiyama town strolling

Arashiyama town atmosphere is very much attracting with strolling, shopping and most consumed local sweets tasting.


Ending Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee,

Pick-up fee at your staying hotel in Kyoto,

Transportation fee inside Kyoto city for a guide,


What‘s not included

Transportation fee inside Kyoto city for you: About JPY1000/ adult,

Entrance fee for you: Tenryuji temple: JPY800/ adult,

Mt.Iwata Monkey park: JPY550/ adult,

Lunch fee,


Important Information

I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo.

Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight -seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.

2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and souvenir.

3) I prepared the blog of Kyoto Arashiyama with photos and detail explanation each shown as below,

Blog title: Kyoto Arashiyama Tour Introduction


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

Reviews

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James B.

Oct 21, 2022

Kashima is excellent - do not hesitate to hire him as your guide

Just visited Tokyo from the US alone and hired Kashima for multiple calendar dates, including assistance from the airport via public transportation to my hotel. As a first time visitor and if you can manage the bags, I recommend train - and instead of a taxi. A train ride from the airport means that your immersion into everyday Japanese life and culture begins immediately, why wait? And with Kashima there explaining the signs and railway maps and helping me purchase my rail card, everything felt "less foreign" and relieved the apprehensions of being by myself. This also gave me an opportunity to begin a relationship with my incredibly friendly English-fluent guide. One thing that stands out is Kashima's level of preparedness for our tour schedule, even light "homework" for me. He recounted dates and eras of time into antiquity that displayed a deep reverence for Japanese history. As a former businessman, Kashima is also familiar with the current and previous operations of some of the big international conglomerates we're used to seeing in the US like Mitsubishi and Panasonic, and I found those details very interesting. As we saw the unflinching statuesque guards outside the sprawling architecture of the Imperial Palace, he impressed upon me the sense of duty and honor shared by the Japanese people. It was a very sobering experience. On the fun side, we visited several restaurants (one was "shoes-off") and we had drinks in the Golden Gai district. As I continue with this extra long review, here are a few notes: GoWithGuide exclusively uses its platform in order for you to contact your guide. This is not a problem because Kashima arrived early, dutifully, and prepared for each meeting. I actually had a different guide for one of my four guided days (just because I wanted to...) and the experience was the same - easy and flawless. Use the website on your phone for last minute updates, I had to message from the air that my flight was over an hour late. Be prepared for walking. There were several occasions on the train where there would be an escalator, but at the top of the escalator there's somehow a 2-story staircase. Young and old and very very old, the Japanese are not afraid of these things so don't get shown out by an 80-year old with a cane. Also, don't bring things on your tour that turn into trash. Japan is clean because of their culture, not because there are trashcans everywhere - there actually aren't any. Lastly, with Kashima's help, learn and speak a few words of Japanese with the locals - they appreciate your attempt, even if it sounds horrible. I'm SO glad I hired Kashima. He took me to several landmarks for pictures and information, helped me talk to shop owners, and really importantly - he helped me order food! He patiently answered my "what is that?" question a million times. Thank you Kashima-san (I hope I'm using that correctly!) for being my first welcoming face in Japan!

Kashima H.

James san, Thank you so much for your utmost compliment review for me and writing your detail findings during your staying in Japan. At first, I am so pleased that you are so much friendly, open-minded and so much full of curiosity about all of Japan including people, train system, culture, craftsmanship skill, foods, history, Jazz session by Japanese players, night drinking, Japanese souvenir, English vs Japanese translation and so-on. That could make us quickly friendly just after we met at Haneda airport. Thanks to your millions of curiosities in Japan, we could exchange lots of conversation including my answers for your questions and the background explanation by me for each spot boosted by your strong energy. Just after removing the restriction from COVID 19 for about 2years 8moths, I could fully enjoy and learn a lot by guiding you. I appreciate very much for selecting me as a guide for your first visit in Japan. As you already know, I can handle the area of guiding not only in East Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, Nikko, Gunma, Saitama, Kanazawa, Mt.Fuji) but also in West Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji, Hiroshima). Please refer my 20 numbers of tours and more than 50 numbers of blogs which are shown in GoWithGuide site. I am looking forward to guiding you again in Japan, nest time maybe you and your wife. Thanks, Kashima

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Linda H.

Jan 28, 2020

Passionate about Japan

Kashima was flexible and knowledgeable. We had an itinerary we wanted and he made it happen. We had a group of 14 which included 8 kids. He handled it fabulously!

Kashima H.

Linda san, Thank you very much for your great and inspired review for me. It was great time for me to support you,your family and your friends with total 14 people for Mt.Fuji tour. We visited Mt.Fuji area such as Lake-Kawaguchi, Fugaku-Fuketsu, Mt.KachiKachi viewing by Ropeway, Ohhashi bridge hiking over Lake Kawaguchi, Ohishi park and Oshino Hakkai by using a Micro bus. The weather on the day was very fine and I was pleased that all your group could see no more beautiful Mt.Fuji at every visiting spots with the shape of different angle. Specially, I was very much impressed that all 8 kids enjoyed snow and throwing snowball each other which were piled up on the area because they saw actual snow at the first time there. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your group about Japanese history, culture, famous people and daily life comparing with that in your country. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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Diane R.

Dec 31, 2019

Wonderful daytrip from Kyoto to Osaka

Kashima is very good guide who was extremely accommodating and took our U.S. family of 5 round trip from Kyoto to Osaka by train. He planned a very interesting day for us that we enjoyed immensely. A nice variety of sights and experiences at a good active pace. Definitely recommend!

Kashima H.

Diane san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support you and your family for Osaka tour. We visited Osaka castle, Dotonbori including river cruising, Kuromon market and Umeda sky building. I am very much pleased that you, your husband and your three children could have lots of experience and impression of these tour spots. Specially, Osaka castle related with Samurai top worriers with great historical background, the best eating streets in Japan by tasting various interesting foods and overwhelming Osaka night view from Umeda Sky building. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your family about Japanese culture and daily life comparing with that in your country. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan tour and I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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I-lin L.

Dec 6, 2019

Hiroshima Day Tour

I organised this tour on behalf of a teenager who is fascinated with the Yamato battleship so this tour had to be very customised and Kashima-San lived up to the challenge! The boy really enjoyed himself. The guide spoke good English, very polite and respectful and he was flexible with the schedule. In fact the family said that they would highly recommend Kashima-San to others who visits Hiroshima!

Kashima H.

I-Lin san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support your mother and your family for Hiroshima tour. We visited Yamato-museum where we could see the models (1/10) of Battleship named “Yamato” and lots of other ships and actual objects of submarine & airplane “Zero fighter plane”. There are many historical background explanations, photos and actual objects & ship models exhibited which are historically very important ones manufactured before and during World War2. Also, we visited Atomic bomb dome and Peace memorial museum. I am pleased that we could enjoyed a lot. Specially, your mother's young boy is so clever and has lots of knowledge about Yamato and related Japanese history. I am so much impressive for him. He has so strong curiosity about the tour spots history and we could exchange lots of information each other. I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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