For classic Kyoto in a nutshell, head to Arashiyama Park. The perennially popular area is rich in temples and a riot of fall colors in November, with pink cherry blossoms in April. The park area embraces several major sights, including ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

A friend and I were visiting Japan and decided to check out this rickshaw ride in Kyoto. We had never ridden an old fashion rickshaw and figured such a ride would at the very least make for a great and humorous story. Based off a friend's recommendation, we chose the Arashiyama tour on the west side of Kyoto. To begin, the tour was incredibly beautiful. Bamboo forests, cherry blossoms, ancient temples and a scenic river line the entire route. The tour lasted a little bit over 2 hours, which seems long, but flew by given all we saw, learned, and laughed about with our guide. Secondly, our guide was great. He spoke English pretty well and had great stories and banter--he use to be a tank driver in the Japanese army and was also a sous chef in Toronto. He also recommended food in the area, which we took him up on and had a dinner that was another highlight of our trip. And of course knew the history behind the area we were touring very well. The three of us laughed and joked quite a bit the whole time. Finally, they took most hilarious pictures of our whole trip. The also met us at the train station, which was nice given that we didn't know Kyoto particularly well.

Doing what: Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

I was initially skeptical of the tour as we began. It involved taking the local train and a lot of walking. I have no problem doing either, but coulldn't see the value of the tour. However, as the tour went on, it became clear that the value lay in the amazing tour guide and the intimacy of the small group. Our guide, Michiharu, was very knowledgeable about Kyoto and Osaka, but particularly about Arashiyama. He was able to give us full histories on all the sights we saw and answered any questions we posed to him. During the slower parts of the tour, such as on the train or walking from one sight to another, he was able to recommend us to various sights tailored to our interests. He pointed my boyfriend, an avid martial artist, to the Budo Centre, where we spent the rest of the day. However, Arashiyama is amazing, and we went back the next morning. If you are able, stay the whole day!

Doing what: Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2012

We really enjoyed our trip to Arashiyama. Its a beautiful town with so much to offer. Great scenery and walks along the river, through the town and of course the bamboo and gardens. Our guide Mitch was really informative and made the trip interesting. Id definitely recommend the this trip.

Doing what: Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour

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