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Explore the sights of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari on this full-day, private minivan tour based out of Osaka. In Arashiyama, you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji, known for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous classic gardens, and lovely vistas. Then it's on to the world famous bamboo grove. Picture time! Afterwards, we slip away to the quiet, rarefied environs of the Okochi Sanso estate for gardens, architecture, and a matcha tea break too. Much more to see and stroll about in Arashimaya before we head to the awe-inspiring, ever-popular Fushimi Inari, where thousands of red gates ("torii") snake up the mountain. We'll talk about the significance and sites as we make our way up the holy pathway, but it's a private tour, so we only go as high as you want!
While not included, we are happy to suggest a lunch stop along the way.
This tour can be customized, so do feel free to consult with us if you've something special in mind that we don't cover on the standard tour.
Escape the noise and stress of Osaka with this relaxing private day trip exploring the mountains and hot springs near Kobe. Ride in your private luxury vehicle into this mountain escape, enjoying the views from on top of Mount Rokko, visiting the nearby Kobe Botanical Gardens, and soaking your worries away at Arima Onsen hot springs.
What could be more thrilling than flying through the streets of Kyoto on two wheels!? Experience the joy of the city as you whiz around from Pontocho street to Gion Shinbashi. You’ll be surprised by how much you can see when you explore by bike.
With narrow streets, trendy neighbourhoods, and historical landmarks. By bike, you can see it all. As well as checking out the Imperian Palace and the Heian Jingu shrine, you’ll get off the tourist trail and discover a side to Kyoto that only the locals see. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride.
Next is the iconic Demachi shopping arcade for a real sight into the local life, and the locals’ favorite, Pontocho street. Cycle alongside the Kamogawa river in a setting away from the Kyoto crowds. Finally, enjoy a ride through a bike path lined by lots of cherry trees and that it was named after one of Japan's most famous philosophers. Join now and find out more in the private tour.
In this tour, you will enjoy Japanese nature including animals and landscape at the foot of Mt. Arashiyama which is located on the west side of Kyoto and famous for its scenic beauty. Once this district was open only to the nobles. Located not so far from central Kyoto, this natural environment has been very well maintained up to the present day. That’s why you can interact with wild monkeys very closely.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji Temple), one of the most famous Zen temples in Japan that you won’t forget for the rest of your life.
This tour is accompanied by a National Government Licensed English Guide Interpreter. Visit famous cherry blossom spots in Kyoto to enjoy the ancient capital in spring.
A variety of cherry blossom types can be seen on this tour including Japan's famous Yoshino cherry.
Admire the montage of Kyoto's World Heritage temples, traditional streets and cherry blossoms.
・To view preciously enthralling winter landscape of Mt. Gozaisho by ropeway. It is a can't-miss snow spot for visitors coming to Kansai area in winter!
・Highlight of this trip is the “Frozen Tree” and the artificial “Frozen Waterfall”. You will have time to stay at the mountain peak to appreciate the amazing scenery.
・Make a fun experience of Japan’s largest scale illumination at “Nabana no Sato” Park, and being surrounded by great amount of glittering lights!
・Departure from and return to same location of Mainichi Newspapers Building by Nishi Umeda Park of Osaka, and can be easily accessed by public transportation.
・English-speaking guide will accompany the tour,and less worry for communication.
Osaka is a convenient base from which to explore the rest of Japan. Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kyoto with ease on a hassle-free day trip from Osaka, the ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time. You’ll experience a romantic train ride to Sagano, home to Arashiyama Park, and tick off the vivid Fushimi Inari Shrine without the hassle of traveling between landmarks alone.
-Hike through a secret path into Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Even though there is Fushi-inari station, we start the tour from Tofukuji station because we enter Fushi-inari shrine from back side of main entrance.
-Journey into a secret bamboo forest
We will discover a natural bamboo forest, and a small Inari shrine hidden from tourists. Fushimi Inari's main entrance is hard to navigate due to a lot of people, but by walking through the mountains, we will see Fushimi Inari from a new perspective, away from the crowd.
-Return to civilization after a breathtaking view atop the mountains of Fushimi Inari
From here on, we will explore tourist areas on the way to the top of the mountain. Tour routes may vary, but it will end somewhere around the main shrine.
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Have you ever heard of the famous “Philosopher’s Path” where many cultured people in history walked? It is a path with beautiful cherry blossoms in Kyoto located along a river.
You will start your tour by exploring “Ginkakuji” and then walk through the Philosopher’s path. This path will take you to a huge temple: “Nanzenji”. You will learn something from the life of historical person there and feel the Japanese traditional beauty of preferring old and simple things. Imagine what you will learn from it!
You will also visit other spots near the Philosopher’s path!
Don’t forget to book your tour to get the essence of Japanese culture, with your otomo guide!
If you’re interested in a deeper understanding of the shrines and temples of Japan, take this tour of Fushimi Inari with a real insider. Go past the tunnels of red tori gates. Learn fascinating stories, history and folklore. See temples, shrines, forest-bathing sites and a zen garden, and get access to sites not on the official map.
In this tour, we gather at the bus stop “Ginkakuji-mae” before sunset and go out for a short trekking of about 2 hours. Daimonyama is crowded with tourists and climbing enthusiasts during the day. This Daimonyama Night Trekking Tour is a very popular tour only offered by Kyoto NATURE TOUR. In addition, trekking at a slow pace, you can experience the nature of Kyoto as much as you want. At the top of the mountain, you can take a commemorative photo, so you can make it one of your commemorative trips to Kyoto. We look forward to your participation everyone! Supports both Japanese and English languages.
Wander among peaceful bamboo groves and elegant mountain temples of rural Japan as you explore the fascinating areas of Arashiyama and Sagano near Kyoto during this 4-hour walking tour. Meander among the bamboo groves of Sagano before checking out the ancient 14th century Tenryu-Ji Temple and the secluded Jojakko-Ji Temple, hidden among the forest. Finish with a trip across the iconic Togetsukyō Bridge. Your morning walking tour also includes pickup from select hotels in Kyoto, a guide and all entrance fees.
Nara is famous for a host of reasons—in addition to housing some of Japan's most beloved temples and the world's largest Buddha, who could forget the docile deer that will eat out of your hand? On this day trip to Nara, we'll visit such temples as Todai-ji, Kasuga Shrine, and Kofuku-ji, learning about Japanese religion along the way, as well as the Giant Buddha. And, no trip to Nara would be complete without dropping in on the famous deer—we may even stop to feed a few. At the end of our trip, we'll have a deeper appreciation for Japanese spirituality (and cute deer).
Visit the enchanting district of Arashiyama, renowned for its thick bamboo groves, resident monkeys, and well-preserved sacred shrines. On this personalized excursion, you’ll join a local guide to explore the stunning region, which lies at the foothills of the Arashiyama Mountains. Tours include admission tickets to four local temples as well as Okochi Sanso Villa, a traditional Japanese home and garden inscribed as national cultural properties.
Explore the enchanting Arashiyama district of Kyoto by foot and boat on this half-day tour. Like much of Kyoto, Arashiyama is temple central, and the best way to learn about its sights is from a guide. Do just that and explore the gardens of UNESCO-listed Tenryū-ji Temple; visit the tree walk at Sagano Bamboo Grove; admire the temples of Jojakko-ji; and learn about Togetsukyo Bridge, which straddles the Oi River. Finish with a lunch cruise with views of Mt Arashiyama. The tour includes round-trip train transport from our Kyoto meeting point.
Visiting Kyoto would be easier if you join this Kyoto City Tour! With an English speaking guide who is willingly to accompany you wherever you want, this tour will be 100% more fun than others! Enjoy the incredible views of cherry blossoms while getting on the Kyoto Hozu River Boat. Or, you can rent the kimono and walk around the city enjoying the views of the locals' life. Visiting various interesting places in Kyoto, it woul be better if you book a photographer in Kyoto to take your photos there. Get a lot of photos and upload them on social media. Have fun!
Enjoy tranquil lake view and farm-to-table country-style food, during this 6-hour trip. Pedal past sights like Shirahige Shrine and the nearby ‘Torii’ gate. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, take a scenic taxi ride to a mountain village in the nearby Hata district, enjoying a country-style lunch prepared by an ‘Obaachan’ (elderly woman), lively conversation and a chance to stroll the village's charming streets. A guide, bike and helmet, and lunch are covered.
We can have a lot of talk about japan culture, the differences between other cultures, funny things about japan, general information and history and the culture shocks of our experiences while living in living Japan.
Kyoto once flourished as a capital of Japan for over a thousand years until Tokyo became the capital of japan and the emperor moved there in 1868. There are plenty of worth visiting places such as world-famous Fushimi Inari with a tunnel of thousands of vermilion torii gates,
Arashiyama which used to be nobles’ summer resort, magnificent temples with shiny hall and delicate gardens, the luxurious and solemn place where royal family used to live and the market loved by locals.
Kyoto receives so many tourists so we recommend to start a little bit earlier to avoid the crowds.
In this tour, you can greatly enjoy the representing attractions of Kyoto in a day.
Although running through the center of Kyoto City, the iconic Kamo River is abundant with aquatic wildlife including over 30 species of fish, four species of turtles, and the legendary Giant Salamander, the largest amphibian in the world.In this tour, we will walk along the banks and wade through the shallow areas of the river after sunset, when the animals are easiest to observe.We will provide you with full equipment including marine shoes, a headlight and a dip net.You will learn about the biology of the animals. , as well as conservation and invasive species issues that threaten the local wildlife.In order to secure your safety, we limit the number of guests to 5 people.
Imagine: you’ve been out and about visiting temples and shrines in Kyoto non-stop since 8 in the morning. Don’t you think it’s time for you to take a break with a fresh drink and some typical Kyoto delicacies? Come on, you deserve it. With us as masters of ceremony you’re in good hands. We’ve been on a mission to taste the best booze and food from Kyoto for decades. We start our yummy safari with a 1 hour visit to the Nishiki food market where we will help you make sense of the local produce unseen outside of Japan. We then make our way to the neighborhood’s “Tachinomiya” (standing bar). The place is run by a liquor shop so the selection of alcohol is unrivaled. Tucked between vending machines, you wouldn’t find the place even if you walked in front of it. Finally, we end the festivities with a modern Yakitori (chicken skewers) known for its selection of “Ji-sake” (locally produced japanese sake).
Besides venerated temples and shrines, Kyoto is also a city rich in nature. In this tour, we will enjoy strolling around a picturesque landscape once loved by the nobles at the western end of the city.
Afterwards we will visit the gorgeous Nijo castle built by the shogun. It shows off his power and authority, exceeding even that of the emperor. This castle witnessed the shogun and his family’s dominance of the nation from their rise to their fall. The castle is located at the center of Kyoto.
Our last stop is one of the most famous zen temples in Japan situated at the bottom of Kyoto’s eastern mountains. Nanzenji Temple calms us down and invites us to the world of meditation.
Kyoto Station is often seen as merely a way to and from one's final destination on one's travels. However, the station area offers many of Kyoto's finest treasures. Immerse yourself in it's rich nature, history, and contrasts. See amazing zen architecture, gardens, and 1001 gold plated, hand carved, ancient Kannon statues that glisten brighter than Kinkakuji in the longest wooden building in the world.
Other than breathtaking temples, Kyoto's south side also houses Kyoto's most overlooked neighborhood. Learn about the less discussed history of Japan's hidden underclass, the Burakumin by going off the beaten path in the Sujin district bordering Kyoto Station. See Kyoto from old to new, change and hope in the less explored south side.
This tour is all inclusive so no need to worry about any hidden fees.
If you also want to hike Kyoto's most famous shrine, Fushimi Inari, check out the Fushimi Foxes and Lunch option. Note that the Fushimi add-on starts at 11:30 at JR Inari Station.
In this program, we will focus on ducks living on the waterside, especially among wild birds. The guide is in charge of a professional guide who understands the type only by listening to the birds' voices. During walking about 2 km, more than 10 kinds of birds can be observed! We will tell you not only the names of wild birds but also ecology. Ask your guide with your curiosity!