Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyoto’s famed Higashiyama area, all with a knowledgeable local guide and rickshaw driver. This authentic, customizable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.


  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

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Meet your informative local guide in either Arashiyama or Higashiyama (please select your preferable duration and location at checkout) and hop aboard an authentic rickshaw, a two-passenger wagon pulled by a person, invented in Japan in the late 19th century. As a historic, cosmopolitan city, Kyoto has an abundance of sites that should top every travelers list, but walking to all of them can be tiring and time-consuming. A rickshaw offers a comfortable, fun way to zip from one attraction to the next while learning about the city from your guide and driver. This tour is customizable; discuss with the rickshaw driver what youd like to see. See Itinerary below two itineraries, one for Arashiyama and one for Higashiyama.

Inclusions for Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Rickshaw ride

Exclusions for Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks


Meeting Location Option #1: Arashiyama
Your guide and chariot await at Kyoto’s iconic Togetsu-kyo bridge in Arashiyama, a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty on Kyoto’s western fringe. Be amazed by the district’s main attraction, a towering grove of thick bamboo stalks with a pedestrian and rickshaw path cutting through it. Seeing its beauty, you’ll understand why the Japanese have a fond appreciation for nature. Admire the scenery, which is a blend of serene nature, tended gardens, and dazzling shrines, as your rickshaw driver pulls you up the mountain. Next you’ll see the beautiful Nonomiya Shrine, a Shinto site. If you’ve chosen the 30-minute tour, at this point you’ll end back at the starting point. But if you choose a longer tour, up to 3 hours, you’ll continue through more of Arashiyama’s wealth of sites. Explore Rakushisya’s cottage, a rustic thatch-roof cottage that was once the home of one of Japan’s revered poets and haiku masters. Those continuing on will be pulled to spots not seen by many tourists. Explore more ancient temples, including Shinto shrines and the Buddhist Nison-in, as your guide whisks you through some amazing places before returning to Togetsu-kyo bridge.

Meeting Location Option #2: Higashiyama

Meet your guide and rickshaw at Ichinenzaka in Higashiyama, where geishas (known as geiko in Kyoto) still stroll the stone streets. You’ll want your camera out and ready, especially for the first portion of the tour, as you stop at the Shinto Heian Jingu Shrine and then wheel down Oyashiki street, a historic avenue lined with maple trees that turn red in autumn and cherry trees that blossom with pink flowers in spring. This is your best chance to see geishas or maiko (an apprentice geisha). Take in the history, which you can see reflected in the lattice-cloaked wood buildings. Admire the Nanzen-ji Buddhist temple, established by Emperor Kameyama in 1921, and then head on to the beautiful orange Heian Jingu Shrine. If you’re continuing on the rickshaw beyond 30 minutes for the extended tour (from 45 minutes to 3 hours), you’ll have the opportunity to see the breadth of Kyoto’s temples and shrines in the Higashiyama district, such as the Chion-in, Kennin-ji, Miyagawa-cho and Yasaka Pagoda, in addition to other iconic sites like the Shirakawa riverside and Nene-no-michi, a lane named after the wife of a famous warlord that is now a scenic flagstone walkway. At the end of the tour, you’ll return to the departure point.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Adult pricing applies to age 7 and over
  • Children 6 years and under may sit on an adults lap (one child per adult)
  • A maximum of 2 adults per rickshaw. Up to 2 children, 6 years and under, can ride with 2 adults (children have to ride on an adult's lap)
  • While rickshaws are able to fit two adults, each rickshaw is 29.1 inches (74 centimeters) wide, and it is sometimes more comfortable to book individual rickshaws for each passenger. For passengers of size, we recommend booking a rickshaw for each participant to ensure a comfortable ride. Passengers who do not both fit in one rickshaw but wish to participate in a tour at the same time will be required to purchase an additional rickshaw, which may not be available on the date of the tour with an English-speaking guide if not booked in advance. Those customers who do not purchase an additional rickshaw at the time of booking cannot be guaranteed availability
  • Please select your preferable itinerary and duration option at checkout
  • Wheelchair- and stroller-friendly
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • This tour can be customized depending on your interests
  • Tour will run later during the listed dates below (time is subject to change, please contact the local operator for further information):
  • Arashiyama: Summer hour (5/1 to 8/30) - until 6pm; Hanatouro (12/11 to 12/20) - until 8pm

    Higashiyama: Hanatouro (3/6 to 3/15) - until 9pm; Cherry blossom light-up (3/28 to 4/12) - until 9pm; Summer hour (5/1 to 8/30) - until 6pm; Autumn foliage light-up (11/14 to 12/6) - until 9pm

    Cancellation Policy
    • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
    • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
    • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
    • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
    • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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    • It was a very amazing tour!

    • Kooki was a fabulous Guide and we had simply the best time on this tour! He was also a fantastic photographer and took some great shots of us in the bamboo forest and in a hidden temple we would have never found! so much fun : worth every penny!

    • This tour was amazing!

    • Nice scenic

    • AMAZING Tour! Highly recommend! We took the 2 hour long ride and wish we would have done the 3 hour. We visited Arashiyama. Beautiful greens, bamboo forest, and our driver even took us to a Buddist temple. Very small and quaint tucked within a neighborhood. The garden was beautiful! Spoke really good english and knew much about the lore around town. He stopped to take several pictures of us. Great experience and is on my to do list for our next visit!

    • Can't remommend this tour enough!! We had a 2 hour tour or Arashiyama with Ita and it was excellent. Ita was a superb driver, had excellent English and was very knowledgable and friendly. He took us to lots of places off the beaten track including a beautiful temple where we were the only visitors.

    • This was absolutely a highlight of our trip. My husband and I had ITA as our driver and his knowledge of the area set the tone for the rest of our day. We've seen areas that walking tourists would easily miss. We could never repay his kindness and his patience. Forever grateful for his hard work!

    • Awesome tour! He was able to take me places I never would have found myself. We were almost the only ones at three different shrines and temples, on a day when the main strip was packed. Thanks again!

    • This event was outstanding and one of the highlights of the trip to Japan for my kids and grandkids. The young men who pulled for the family were excellent and the family loved them. You have an excellent company and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Japan and Kyoto. Thank you for your service.

      Rick Younts

    • The guides were superb, superb in knowledge about the ancient area, super friendly and super helpful. Highly recommended to all first timers. Although slightly pricey but great value.

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