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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

Kyoto, Japan
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icon30 minutes to 3 hours  (Approx.)
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Hop aboard a traditional rickshaw with a private guide for a journey through the atmospheric streets of beautiful Kyoto. Depending on the ride length you select, be peddled through the serene shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood, discovering its picturesque Bamboo Grove, or admiring the wooden structures and ancient alleys of the Higashiyama district.
  • A rickshaw ride through Kyoto’s backstreets
  • See Kyoto’s intriguing back alleys and roads, customizing your route with your driver
  • Learn about historic sites from your rickshaw driver and tour guide
  • See shrines, temples, gardens and scenic byways
  • Choose from multiple tour lengths to better suit your schedule
Explore the historic streets and fascinating culture of ancient Kyoto on a pedal-powered tour driven by an informative guide. Sit back and relax as your driver whisks you past some of the most fascinating sites in this former imperial capital.

Start your trip by meeting your guide at a time of your choosing from either Arashiyama or Higashiyama (please select your preferable duration and location at checkout). From there, climb aboard your authentic rickshaw, a two passenger vehicle invented in Japan in the 19th century. This relaxed ride offers the perfect up-close method to view some of the most notable temples and streets of historic Kyoto, many of which can be difficult to explore on foot due to the distances between them. Along the way your guide shares various details about the history and importance of the town’s principal attractions.

Among the attractions you might visit during your ride are Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Nonomiya Shrine, Rakushisya’s Cottage (home of one of Japan’s most renowned poets), Heian Jingu Shrine, and Nanzen-Ji Buddhist temple. For a full itinerary description, review the two options listed below.

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Is this the thing to do here or should it be a river cruise ?
, Nov 2019
Very hard to locate from info supplied as had to get to area location first which details omitted. Finally got there late but ready and still waiting for us with welcome note.
Enjoyable Ride
, Oct 2019
We went on a 2 hour rickshaw ride with another couple. Our ride took us all over the historic area. Our guides were full of information and spoke good English. They looked after us really well when we had a little rain and we stayed warm and dry. We were impressed with their professionalism. A highlight was going along a street where many of the geisha live. The street is not mentioned in the guide books and was deserted. We were very lucky to pass a geisha in the street as apparently they seldom appear during the day. Overall we thoroughly recommend this trip.
Amazing tour!!
, Aug 2019
Such an amazing tour with the Kyoto Rickshaw crew! Words can't express how much fun this was. The guys that pulled our rickshaw were fun and informed us about all things Japan ranging from where to go and what means what. They also took the best photos. Can't recommend this more!
, Jul 2019
We had a great ride .Guide was great very informative .He tooks some great photos.Wish we had have gone longer
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Stuart F
, Jun 2019
We had booked an English speaking guide and it was so worth it to ride through the bamboo forest and out through some of the back block areas for an hour. Our guide was very friendly and helpful showing us different places and some of their history. Having never been in a rickshaw before this was quite an experience in the cold March weather wrapped up in a rug. We would recommend this trip to anyone.
Incredible experience!!
, Jun 2019
The Rickshaw tour was amazing! Beautiful, calm and very safe. The best way to visit Kyoto. Ryoma Fujioka is an excellent guide. He knows the history very well, and is very joyfull.
Kyoto Rickshaw Tour
Allan G
, May 2019
This was a highlight of our visit to Japan. We received extremely detailed instructions to get from Kyoto railway station to our awaiting rickshaw at Arashiyama. Our rickshaw boy was so helpful and professional and was a very good photographer. We asked to see the bamboo grove so we went there first. and then went around many streets and byways, some of which were uphill. This did not faze our man one little bit. We had opted for a two hour ride and we were glad we had as this gave more time to see all the sights without rushing. We felt like royalty passing all the foot tourists and in the first few hundred meters two tourists asked how they could do such a tour. Highly recommended.
Aussie Friends
, May 2019
This was a terrific activity. The young fellows who took us around the Gion area were so friendly and looked after us all so well. Would recommend as a must do!!!
Couple with one child
, May 2019
We booked two rickshaw 3 hours tour for myself, my husband and our 10 year old because we will not fit in one rickshaw. Our rickshaw driver/tour guides coordinated our tour very well. The tour was amazing because you are comfortable and at the same time, the tour-guide/rickshaw driver spoke English and were very knowledgeable about the places you visit. Our tour-guide were name U-chi Yochicuwa and Ki-yo.
Amazing!! One of the highlights in...
, May 2018
Amazing!! One of the highlights in our trip to Japan! Tama was fantastic! He not only knew a lot about the city and history, but he was a wonderful photographer!! He knew were the best places for pictures!! He do wonders with your phone! We had a sunny day, just beautiful!! Totally recommended!!

Product code: 6808KYORICKSHAW

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