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Hop aboard a traditional rickshaw with guide for a journey through the atmospheric streets of beautiful Kyoto on this easily-customizable ride with 30-minute and 2-hour tour options. Depending on the ride length you select, you’ll 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 30-minute to 2-hour 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
  • Explore the Arashiyama or Higashiyama districts
  • See shrines, temples, gardens and scenic byways

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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 (depending on the tour option selected). 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 will share 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, Oyashiki Street and Nanzen-Ji Buddhist temple.
For a full itinerary description, review the two options listed below.

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Customer Reviews

Christina A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our family of 5 had a really wonderful time with our tour guides. We reserved 2 rickshaws and did the 1 hour tour. We highly recommend it for Fall or Spring, it was a beautiful day in Kyoto for us! We saw many attractions and they even took us further and dropped us off near the next site we wanted to visit. These men we extremely kind, friendly, and strong with great husband is a bodybuilder and weighs a ton! Thank you Kyoto Ricksaw Tour for a fantastic experience.

Karen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our Kyoto Rickshaw Tour. Masaya was a terrific guide. He was highly professional and tailored our ride to suit our interests. He treated us like royalty and made our experience very enjoyable.

Fernando R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

These guys were amazing! Super friendly and gave us a wonderful tour.
On the way they explained everything we were seeing and even asked us if we wanted to go to any particular place. They even offered us an ice-cream each which was just perfect given the day was so hot at the start of the journey.
All perfect, highly recommended.
We took the 2 hour tour.

Vladimir K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


Christine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our one hour Rickshaw tour around the Arayshiyama area was a one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. Our drivers Suguru and Kyotaro were both friendly, helpful and informative and made sure our trip was all that we were expecting. They took photos for us in great locations during the tour and managed to communicate well with us along the way with interesting pieces of information. These guys are awesome! We were fortunate to have a beautiful sunny day for our tour as well which really added to an all round great experience.

Diana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time! Saw more than we would have walking around and the staff was very informative.

Elizabeth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour was amazing! It's the best way to see the entire area and save your legs if you've been walking for days. The photos the guide took were well timed and beautiful!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was amazing. I will recommend this to my friends

Fu-Ni C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

One of the best thing we've done for our trip in Kyoto. Our guide Kento-san was very knowledgeable and full of humor through out our rickshaw guide. We will definitely request him again if we ever visit Kyoto again for another rickshaw tour.

Julien D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very-friendly drivers ! Speaking good English too.

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