Choose departure points in either Namba or Umeda, and then meet at your agreed-upon staring location in the morning. You’ll travel aboard an air-conditioned coach to Kameoka to board a boat for a scenic float on the Hoguzawa River.
Admire the views of mountains and blooming flowers along the banks, and listen for the croak of singing frogs in your ears, as you take a lazy 10-mile (16-kilometer) float down this scenic river. You’ll disembark and spend the next 90 minutes exploring historic Arashiyama at your leisure. This well-known area just outside Kyoto is known for its lush bamboo groves, historic shrines and temples, and collection of interesting shops and eateries.
After your time in Arashiyama, meet up with your group and proceed on foot to Torokko Kameoka Station, where you’ll board the Sagano Romantic Train, spending the next 20 minutes riding the rails. You’ll have views of the Hoguzawa River below, along with a refreshing river breeze and the sound of buzzing summer cicadas.
Return to the station and spend the last 20 minutes of your excursion at Mameya Kurobe, a renowned souvenir shop selling a variety of Kyoto-specific sweets and regional delicacies. After finishing your shopping stop, receive a ride back to your original starting point in Osaka.