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Kyoto: Arashiyama Customized Rickshaw Tour & Bamboo Forest

4.9 / 5

26 reviews

Kyoto: Arashiyama Customized Rickshaw Tour & Bamboo Forest

From US$ 59.84 per person

Together with your personal guide, enjoy a rickshaw tour through Arashiyama, one of Kyoto's greenest, most picturesque and historic neighborhoods.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 45 - 190 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Private group


  • Enjoy an informative, private, and fully customizable rickshaw tour through Arashiyama and the bamboo forest
  • Relax at the sight of Kyoto's lush nature
  • Explore the charming and quiet neighborhood streets of Arashiyama
  • Have access to an exclusive rickshaw path through the bamboo forest
  • Visit unique temples and gardens
Full description
Your guide and chariot await at Kyoto’s iconic Togetsu-kyo bridge in Arashiyama, a nationally designated historic site and place of scenic beauty on Kyoto’s western fringe. Be amazed by the district’s main attraction, a towering grove of thick bamboo stalks with a pedestrian and rickshaw path cutting through it. Seeing its beauty, you’ll understand why the Japanese have a fond appreciation for nature. Admire the scenery, which is a blend of serene nature, tended gardens, and dazzling shrines, as your rickshaw driver pulls you up the mountain. Next you’ll see the beautiful Nonomiya Shrine, a Shinto site. If you’ve chosen the 45-minute tour, at this point you’ll end back at the starting point. But if you choose a longer tour, up to 3 hours and 10 minutes, you’ll continue through more of Arashiyama’s wealth of sites. Explore Rakushisya’s cottage, a rustic thatch-roof cottage that was once the home of one of Japan’s revered poets and haiku masters. Those continuing on will be pulled to spots not seen by many tourists. Explore more ancient temples, including Shinto shrines and the Buddhist Nison-in, as your guide whisks you through some amazing places before returning to Togetsu-kyo bridge. The Kyoto Arashiyama Tour is available in four different options: 45 minutes, 1 hour and 10 minutes, 2 hours and 10 minutes, and 3 hours and 10 minutes.
  • Private rickshaw tour
  • Knowledgeable, local guide
  • Photo stops at instagrammable spots along the tour
  • Admission fee to selected temple
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Hotel pickup
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

JR SAGA-ARASHIYAMA Station: Your guide(s) will be waiting for you just outside the SOUTH exit of the JR Saga-Arashiyama train station, right next to the red mail box and telephone booth.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Selfie sticks

Know before you go

  • Adult pricing applies to age 7 and over
  • A maximum of 2 adults per rickshaw
  • Up to 2 children, 6 years and under, can ride with 2 adults (children have to ride on ad adult's lap)
  • While rickshaws are able to fit 2 adults, each rickshaw is 21.1 inches (74 centimeters) wide, but sometimes it might be more comfortable to book individual rickshaws for each passenger
  • If a child 6 years will be using one of the 2 seats of the rickshaw, it must book as an adult (full fare paying guest)
  • Wheelchair- and stroller-friendly
  • Not recommended for expecting mothers in their first 16 weeks of pregnancy
  • This tour can be customized depending on your interest
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 26 reviews

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It was truly an experience like never before! We were able to enjoy the beautiful Bamboo Forest fully minus the walking and going thru the crowd of people. Our guides, Nabe and Daici were funny and entertaining, speaks English so well sharing with us the history of places as we paszed by, took our family pictures at great spots, give us insights on Japanese lifestyle and cultures. Our 8 year old son was so happy on the rickshaw. Truly, it is a must have experience for anyone who visits Kyoto!!

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December 30, 2019

This was a great tour. Lots of fun. Yuya and Yoshito were excellent guides with a good command of English. They were very friendly and professional, and so polite! They even took wonderful pictures, especially in the bamboo forest. Amazing! My 3 teens and I loved the 2+ hour tour. We were going to take the electric bike tour and took the rickshaw tour instead. Absolutely no regrets. highly recommend it. Ask for Yuya and Yoshito!

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August 11, 2019

The rickshaw ride was great fun and our guide was informative.

In the days leading up to our Rickshaw Tour through the Bamboo Forrest, the company was very communicative and helped us with directions. Our guides, Kota and Kiyo, were helpful and entertaining. They took amazing photos of our family and looked up plant species when we had questions. Our only regret is we wished we had booked a longer tour. Our guides worked so hard to make sure we had a great time.

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July 13, 2019

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