Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Between 9:30am and 5:30pm, *Time varies during events and seasons. Please see Additional info for further information, **Please specify your preferable departure time at checkout
  • Departure Details :
    Arashiyama or Higashiyama (Meeting location details will be provided on the voucher after your booking is confirmed)
  • Return Details :
    Varies
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

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 Kyotos Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyotos 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.

Highlights

  • 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

Know More about this tour

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.

Itinerary:

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.

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Rickshaw ride

Exclusions

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

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