Maybe you have seen a picture of a Bamboo grove in Japan once in your life. This is the highlight of Arashiyama, an area where ancient aristocrats had their villas more than 1,000 years ago. On this tour, mainly you will visit a beautiful bridge called the Togetsukyo and the Tenryu-ji temple with beautiful traditional gardens, Bamboo grove, Sagano area, Jojakko-ji Temple with breathtakingly green mos. On the way, you also visit some secret spots where tourists don't know. While enjoying the walk and delicious food, you also learn some Japanese culture and history.
Let's explore Arashiyama and Sagano local area with the local guide & delicious food!!
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.
Almost five minutes later, you will have Special Croquette in a local shop and fabulous Soy milk donuts in a Tofu shop.
Then, you will head to a quiet and scenic Jojakko-ji temple with green moss scenery and a thatched roof gate in Sagano area. There, you could learn Japanese authentic sense of beauty.
*In Autumn, this area is very beautiful due to the colorful autumn leaves, also in the other season you could enjoy amazing greenish world!!
After enjoying peaceful Sagano area, you will head to Bamboo grove.
Before that, there is a small shrine with divine for a part of our body. You may learn the uniqueness of Japanese tradition & worship.
To go through the bamboo grove, you must feel as you are in the different world.
It is a good idea to walk slow in the bamboo grove with taking photos or hear some tips about bamboo from your guide.
Beside the end of bamboo grove, there is a gate of huge World-Heritage-Site Zen temple, Tenryu-ji.
Tenryuji Temple is ranked as a first among the five greatest Zen temples in Kyoto.
The fame of Tenryu-ji 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 area.
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 opportunity for visitors now.
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 break with Japanese sweets and matcha.
If you prefer, you can buy some special souvenirs as well.
Of course, if you have a question about Kyoto, your guide could advice you as your local friend!!
Also, if we have time, your guide takes you into a mountain path to Horin-ji 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.