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Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour

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Start your morning in Arashiyama on a guided tour leading you to lush green bamboo forests and the UNESCO world heritage site of Tenryu-ji temple.

Highlights

  • Walk through the towering bamboo stalks at the Sagano bamboo grove on a 5-hour walking tour of the Arashiyama district of Kyoto.

  • Revere heritage at the Tenryu-ji temple, and marvel at the panoramic views of Sagano and Kyoto from the hilltop Jojakko-ji temple.

  • Admire spring cherry blossoms or fiery autumn leaves from the Togetsu-kyo bridge, and learn about its traditions from your English-speaking guide.

  • Fun Fact: The bamboo plants in Sagano grove produce soft, soothing music when the wind blows through them. This sound is a part of the 100 soundscapes of Japan.

Inclusions

  • 5-hour tour of Arashiyama

  • English-speaking guide

  • Admission fees

  • Public train passes

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.

A 5-hour guided tour of Sagano bamboo grove, Tenryu-ji and Jojakko-ji temple, and Togetsu-kyo bridge is the perfect way to soak in the culture and scenic beauty of nature that adorns this area.

Heritage Gems and a Dreamy Forest

Walk to Tenryu-ji, a Zen Buddhism temple, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the temple's Japanese garden with pine trees and a promenade surrounding the central Sōgen Pond. Head to the Sagano bamboo grove and walk through a surreal jade-green forest lined with bamboo stalks.

Continue onto the Jojakko-ji temple, a 16th-century Nichiren sect temple located on the slopes of Mt. Ogura, with a 12-meter tall pagoda. Climb a steep stairway to reach the main hall with a Bodhisattva image. Revel in the tranquility of the greenery surrounding Jojakko-ji, which turns into a riot of colors during the fall season.

Seasonal Foliage from Togetsu-kyo Bridge

Stroll through the Togetsu-kyo bridge, a 250-meter-long bridge over the Katsura River that faces the Arashiyama mountain. Known for its scenic seasonal beauty, the trees dotting the mountain slopes turn pink in spring with cherry blossoms and a fiery red in autumn.

Itinerary

  • 8:40am: Arrival at the meeting point at Avanti's Sunrise Tours Desk, across Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit

  • Start of tour

  • Ride a train to Saga-Arashiyama Station

  • Arrive at Jojakko-ji Temple

  • Stroll through Sagano Bamboo Grove

  • Visit Tenryu-ji Temple

  • Enjoy the view from Togetsukyo Bridge

  • Board the yakatabune

  • View Togetsukyo Bridge and Arashiyama from the boat

  • Depart for Kyoto

  • 1:30pm: Drop-off at Kyoto Station

Important Information

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.

Restrictions

  • To book this experience, you must book tickets for a minimum of 2 guests.

  • This tour can accommodate a maximum of 10 people in 1 group.

Timings

Mon, Wed, & Sat: 8:20am

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at **Sunrise Tours Desk. **

  • Address: Japan, 〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami Ward, Higashikujo Nishisannocho, 31 B1F AVANTI.

  • Landmark: Inside Avanti (across Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit).

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Kyoto Eki Hachijo Guchi. It is a quick 1-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board buses Direct Q: Kyoto to Hotel Keihan UT, Direct Q: Kyoto - Katano/Iwafune - Hoshida Station, Direct Q: Kyoto to Kyotanabe City Hall, and many more to get you there.

By Metro

  • The closest train station is Kyoto Station. It is a quick 2-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board metros HARUKA, Hashidate, Hida, Karasuma Line, Kintetsu Limited Express, Kintetsu-Kyoto Line, and many more to get you there.

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