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Small group ensures personal service
Led by a local guide
This tour will start in front of the ticket gate on the 2nd floor of JR Saga-Arashiyama Station where you will meet your guide at 10:45 AM.
The guide will explain this tour including your food menu and give you three useful Japanese expressions, in order to your whole trip should be more comfortable, and then, make a team building for a whole small group. That is a kind of ceremony for starting your 3.5 hours journey.
Almost five minutes later, you will have
Special Croquette in Arashiyama and fabulous Soy milk donut in a local Tofu shop.
Then, you will head to a quiet and scenic temple with greenish moss and a gate with thatched roof in Sagano area. There, you could learn authentic sense of beauty in Japan. This place is also famous as a pension of antient Japanese poet.
After enjoying the old temple, you will head to Bamboo groove.
Before that, there is a small shrine with divine for one part of our body. You may see the uniqueness of Japanese tradition.
To go through the bamboo groove, you must feel as you are in the different world.
It is a good idea to walk slow on the bamboo groove with taking photos or hear some tips about bamboo from your guide.
Beside the end of bamboo groove, there is a gate of huge Zen temple, Tenryu-ji.
Tenryuji Temple is registered as a world heritage site and ranked first among the five greatest Zen temples in Kyoto.
The fame of Tenryuji Temple comes from its Zen style garden remaining the original form from 14th century.
You could know what exactly Zen style garden is and must be impressed.
To leave Tenryu-ji Temple, you will be on the main street in Arashiyama.
Your guide will take you to iconic Togetsukyo bridge.
Togetsukyo Bridge which, as the area's landmark, dates back to the 9th century and provides a good photo oppotunity for visitors.
On the way, your guide will introduce some special stores where you can taste Japanese spice and Dashi.
Also, you will have delicious local-style pancake with much green onion and deep fried Yuba fish cake at one of the most popular shop in Arashiyama area. Both Yuba (tofu skin) and green onion are the special foods in Kyoto.
After across the Togetsukyo Bridge, let's have a short brake with Japanese sweets and matcha.
If you prefer, you can buy some special souvenirs as well.
At the end of your tour, you can come back to Togetsukyo bridge.
Of course, your guide could advice you about your travel plan in Kyoto like your local friend!!
Also, if we have time, your guide takes you into a mountain path to Horinji Temple which is not tourist-crammed but very tasteful and common place for local people. From Horin-ji, you can overview the whole Arashiyama area.
*This tour contains much stairs and much walking (More than 4km *App. 2.5mi ), so we recommend comfortable walking shoes
Professional and friendly local guide
Temple visit entrance fees (Tenryu-ji and Sagano temples)
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Extra food and drink
Other personal expenses
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
A moderate amount of walking is involved
A maximum of 8 people per booking
JR Saga Arashiyama Station
11:00 am Please arrive at the departure point 15 minutes prior to the departure time