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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest: Our most recommended tours and activities

Kyoto: Arashiyama Walking Tour with Temple and Monkey Park

1. Kyoto: Arashiyama Walking Tour with Temple and Monkey Park

Get to know the Arashiyama neighborhood of Kyoto on a guided tour around its top sights. Visit highlights like Bamboo Grove, Arashiyama Park, and the Okochi Sanso Garden. Get a taste of Japanese cuisine, explore a Buddhist temple, and enjoy free time in the district's famous shopping street. Choose between a group or private tour. Meet your guide at Saga-Arashiyama Station and head to your first stop, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Explore the amazing urban forest and reach the top of Arashiyama Park for panoramic views of the area. Continue to the private Okochi Sanso Garden. Relax in the serene surroundings and savor matcha tea and a Japanese sweet treat from the traditional tea house. Explore the Tenryuji Temple and admire the koi fish in the pond. Take in views of the Katsura River and the wooden Togetsukyo Bridge. Next, hike up the hill to reach the monkey park. Walk around the enclosures and admire the macaque monkeys up close. Finally, stroll along the Arashiyama shopping street with tips from your guide about the best shops to visit.

Kyoto: Afternoon Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park Bike Tour

2. Kyoto: Afternoon Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park Bike Tour

Fall in love with Arashiyama on an afternoon biking and hiking tour in Kyoto. Spend the day in nature as you hike along the greenery of Iwatayama Monkey Park and bike through the towering bamboo of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Visit the UNESCO-certified Tenryuji Temple with included entry tickets. Start your trip by traveling back in time as you ride along the roads used in Kyoto today that were originally sub-temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tenryuji Temple. Become one with nature while exploring the temple’s Zen gardens. Continue the journey with a short hike up to the impressive panoramic view of Kyoto from Iwatayama Mountain and the accompanying Iwatayama Monkey Park. Spend the rest of the tour peddling through bamboo forests and visiting local spots not frequented by tourist crowds.

Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Morning Tour by Bike

3. Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Morning Tour by Bike

Embark on a guided tour by bike to see the outstanding beauty of the  Arashiyama Bamboo Forest away from the crowds. Benefit from the early hour to make your journey undisturbed by crowds, and see sights like Togetsukyo Bridge and the Tenryuji Zen Temple. Meet your guide in the morning and get ready to witness one of Kyoto's most quintessential districts. Beat the tourist crowds and head out to the city's far west on a bike in the company of your guide. Enjoy a tour where you explore the beauty of bamboo, the tranquility of temples, and some of the best scenic panoramas Kyoto has to offer. Visit the evocative forest, as well as the Togetsukyo Bridge, and the gardens of the Unesco World Heritage Site that is the Tenryuji Zen Temple. Speed through the district's streets by bicycle as you immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere. Admire the charming architecture and authentic urban landscape as your guide also takes you to some of their favorite spots off the beaten track.

Kyoto: Full-Day City Highlights Bike Tour with Light Lunch

4. Kyoto: Full-Day City Highlights Bike Tour with Light Lunch

Enjoy a full day of riding around Kyoto on this guided bike tour to explore the best the city has to offer. Follow your guide at a leisurely pace with enough time to take in the sites including the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Gion district, Kiyomizu-dera, and Kinkaku-ji. Before you embark on a full day of riding, go through a safety briefing and bike fitting. When ready, set off to soak in the serenity of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Cycle among a seemingly endless forest of swaying bamboo stalks, one of the most photographed places in Kyoto. Next, explore the orange torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. Take a stroll throughout the shrine grounds seeing how many sorts of fox statues you can locate. After working up an appetite, stop for a light lunch. Navigate the scenic streets of the Gion entertainment district where you can spot hostesses in colorful kimonos on the wooden Tatsumi Bridge, or amid upscale Japanese restaurants and boutiques on Hanamikoji Street. Head toward the eastern hills on the outskirts of Kyoto to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple, celebrated for the medicinal pure waters of the Otowa Spring. Then, marvel at the glimmering 14th-century Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple that rises above its reflecting pond like an apparition. Conclude your adventure with a ride back to the starting point in Arashiyama.

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