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
Know More about this tourMeet your informative local guide in either Arashiyama or Higashiyama (depending on option selected) 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 travelerâs 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 youâd like to see. See Itinerary below two itineraries, one for Arashiyama and one for Higashiyama.
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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
Itinerary:Option one: 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.
Option two: Higashiyama
Meet your guide and rickshaw at the stunning Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto’s famed Gion entertainment district 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.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Between November 18th - December 3rd 2017, there will be limited departure times.
Kyoto Arashiyama: 8am, 8:30am, 9am, 9:30am, 10am
Kyoto Higashiyama: 9am, 9:30am, 10am
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
- 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.