Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour

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Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour information and booking

4 hours
Departs from
Tour departs from selected hotels in Kyoto
Returns to
Tour concludes at the Kyoto train station at 1:00pm
Time of departure
8:35am from New Miyako Hotel
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Tour description provided by Viator

Stroll through rural bamboo groves and visit mountain temples outside Kyoto on this morning walking tour of the Sagano and Arashiyama districts. You'll experience the tranquil beauty of Japan's rural temples and gardens, and experience Japanese life outside the big cities.

Your morning walk begins at Sagano, northwest of the Kyoto Basin, with a stroll through the verdant Sagano Bamboo Grove surrounded by mountains in the greater area of Arashiyama.

Then it's on to Jojakkoji Temple, spectacularly located halfway up a mountain. Jojakkoji was the final home of Empress Dowager Kenrei-mon-in, a principal character in the Tale of the Heike, one of the most important works of classical Japanese literature. It is said to have been built as a nunnery, and has a history reaching back to the 6th century. The temple's principal treasure is a statue of the Jizo and a pagoda surrounded by Japanese maples.

Next you'll visit Tenryuji Temple, one of the head temples of the Rinzai Zen School and established in 1339 by Takauji, the first shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate. The temple is famous for its landscaped garden, which unlike the temple buildings has survived in its original form.

Finally, you'll take a walk over Togetsukyo Bridge (Crossing Moon Bridge). The present bridge was rebuilt in 1934 using steel but faithfully copying the structure of the original bridge.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup (from selected kyoto hotels only) by motorcoach
  • 4-hour walking tour
  • Admission fees
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tax

What isn't included

  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel drop off