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Arashiyama cycling tour

by Keiko
(24) Reviews
6h $ 71 per person


  • Arashiyama:bamboo grove, Tenryuji temple, Jojakkoji temple, Hogonin temple(spring and autumn only), Nisonin temple, Gioji temple, Seiryoji temple, Rakushisha poetry cottage, Nonomiya shrine, Togetsukyo Bridge
  • Recommendations and informations after the tour are included.

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71.20 USD

total price
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

What to Expect

A cycling tour in Arashiyama area located in the west part of Kyoto city with old and beautiful temples and refreshing bamboo forest. A suitable area for cycling, bacause of flat roads and a lot of spots dotted within about 1km of the central station.


  • Arashiyama:bamboo grove, Tenryuji temple, Jojakkoji temple, Hogonin temple(spring and autumn only), Nisonin temple, Gioji temple, Seiryoji temple, Rakushisha poetry cottage, Nonomiya shrine, Togetsukyo Bridge
  • Recommendations and informations after the tour are included.


City Kyoto

Meeting Point At JR Kyoto station (ground floor, in front of the central gate under the arcade)

Ending Point At a station convenient for your next visit

Duration 6 hours

Starting time 09:30 AM

Number of people up to 6 people

What‘s included
  • guide fee

What‘s not included
  • transportation fee/¥240 per person from Kyoto station to Saga Arashiyama station
  • as for the way back
  • it depends on your next destination.
  • rental bicycle fee (you and guide) /¥1
  • lunch
  • admission fee (see, FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you recommend after this tour?

How about taking "Sagano Romantic Train"? (traditional trolley train) You can enjoy the panoramic view along the Hozu river from March to December. It's such a great way to feel part of nature.
(one-way fare: ¥620 per person, about 25 minutes)

Is this tour called off if it rains?

No, but if cycling is impossible, the tour will be changed to a walking tour and some farther destinations will be omitted.

When is the best season for cycling in this area?

Actually, every season! But especially from spring to autumn. Arashiyama is well known for its quite beautiful cherry blossoms, young green leaves and autumn colors. The scene in winter with snow also attracts a lot of people.

What are admissions?

Tenryuji Temple : ¥800
Jojakkoji Temple :¥500
Hogonin Temple:¥500
Nisonin Temple :¥500
Gioji Temple:¥300
Seiryoji Temple :¥400(main hall)
Rakushisya poetry cottage :¥250
Monkey Park : ¥550
Nonomiya Shrine :free
Bamboo Grove :free
Togetsukyo bridge :free

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Keiko

National Certified Guide

(24) Reviews

Contact Keiko
Response Time 15 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, I am Keiko. I have a national qualification as a English-speaking guide. I was brought up in Kyoto, among a lot of old Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.(ex. Kiyomizu Temple, Toji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Heian Shrine, Fushimi Inari Shrine and so on) Some of them are now famous worldwide and on the UNESCO World Heritage List. From childhood, a daily sight with a lot of tourists from abroad has been quite normal for me. I had already been thinking,"What can I do for them?" (Of course, I'm thinking of it today, too.) And the answer was,"I would be a guide, to make their time in Kyoto much more wonderful". At last, the time has come! There are uncountable sightseeing spots in Kyoto, so you will need some help, if you want to see and get around the city efficiently. It is much better with a guide who knows Kyoto very well, just like me! And furthermore, it will lead you to a better understanding of Japanese culture. Don't hesitate to ask me, I can arrange the best trip for you, with a lot of choices and something to fit your taste. read more

Reviews ( 24 )

4 days ago |   by Corinne

“ Arashiyama bike tour ”

Keiko was a very friendly and helpful guide. We had a great time seeing many temples and shrines in Arashiyama — we covered a lot of ground and the fall colors were incredible. Thanks, Keiko!

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Jamie

“ arashiyama cycling tour ”

The cycling tour with Keiko at arashiyama was indeed very nice. She brought us to local temples which are as interesting as the more popular ones. We wouldn't have covered as many places if it weren't for her. I will definitely recommend her tour !

1 month ago |   by Marty

“ An awesome experience. ”

Keiko was very accommodating, always arrived at the meet up locations early and was extremely knowledgeable about each site we visited. She promptly responded to all of my emails prior to our tour and addressed all of my questions. My brothers are planning to visit Kyoto next year. I have advised them to hire Keiko for their trip as well. Thanks Keiko!

1 month ago |   by Susan

“ Best tour! ”

Keiko is personable, knowledgeable and well-spoken. She made our tours of Kyoto more interesting. She is flexible and we enjoyed our days with her. She a great tour guide!

1 month ago |   by Andreas

“ Wonderfull day in Kyoto ”

Keiko did an excellent job and she is very professional. Her day plan worked perfect and we had enough time to see the pre-planned attractions and didn't loose time by transport. Her explanations are very good and all questions are answered and we learned more about Japan and the culture as we thought. always again........... thanks. Petra and Andreas

2 months ago |   by Ellen

“ Lovely ride in Western Kyoto ”

Keiko was a terrific guide. We explored Western Kyoto shrines and the bamboo forest by bicycle. She shared her knowledge of the history of the area. She was very flexible about adjusting the timing to suit our needs and adding another person on short notice. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience with her as our guide.

3 months ago |   by Regan

“ Excellent Kyoto tour! ”

We are a family of 4, with 2 teenagers on our first trip to Japan. Keiko was our guide in Kyoto for 2 days, hoping to see as much as we can. And we did! She met us at our hotel and our tour began. Over two days we saw the Ryoanji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama area with Tenryuji Temple and Bamboo forest, Nijo Castle, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nishiki Food Market and Gion area, including a tea ceremony experience. With each site/area, she was very helpful in explaining the history behind each place. It made visiting much more enjoyable and we were able to appreciate it better. Keiko also helped us go shopping, finding places for lunch (it was delicious) and making sure we were comfortable at all times. She was patient and ensured that we were enjoying everything. We used public transportation and mingling with local residents of Kyoto allowed us to see how they lived. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kyoto. We would highly recommend Keiko as a guide in Kyoto!

4 months ago |   by Beth

“ Kyoto with Keiko ”

Our family recently visited Kyoto with Keiko as a guide for two of the three days we were there. We can't imagine having navigated Kyoto without her! She is an excellent tour guide. Keiko is professional, knowledgeable, patient, and considerate. She was flexible when we changed plans and frequently adjusted the pace to fit us. She answered our many questions about Japanese culture; she has a good command of English so communication was easy. She did her utmost to guarantee we had a good experience in Kyoto. We would highly recommend her!

4 months ago |   by Brian

“ Kyoto in a day ”

Outstanding day. Keiko is highly intelligent; she is very articulate; her English is extremely good; she was knowledgeable about everything we discussed; she is friendly, thoughtful and helpful. She has a passion about her job and about Kyoto; she was anxious to show us all the important aspects of her city irrespective of time. We really enjoyed being with Keiko and would like you to pass on our thanks for a great day.

6 months ago |   by Tom

“ Fantastic guide - best bike tour! ”

Keiko provided perhaps the finest moss garden tour in Japan. Her Bicycle Tour of Kyoto Temples and Shrines was a superb and highly recommended experience for those who love gardens and to depart from the beaten and crowded tourist scene. Keiko speaks very good English, she’s pleasant, quick to smile and awaited patiently while my family soaked up the finest moss gardens that we’ve encountered anywhere on planet Earth. Keiko shared her knowledge of the Kyoto shrines, temples, and Flora in the area, taking time to tell the stories of the original creators of the temples, some inspiring, some sad, but all very interesting. Keiko graciously accommodated us in taking family photographs and stopping to take scenic photos for which we are grateful. My wife, family and I very much enjoyed our experience with Keiko and highly recommend both Keiko and the Bike tour she provides in Kyoto. Finally, we appreciate Keiko making the extra effort after the tour to identify a shop in Kyoto to purchase exquisite Japanese umbrellas. Keiko took the time to find and email us the information the evening after our tour.

6 months ago |   by Michelle

“ Kyoto tour and transport transfer assistance ”

We found Keiko to be an excellent guide, she was very organised and went out of her way to ensure we got to visit the key areas of interest to us. We engaged her services on two occasions and each time she was very knowledgeable and helpful and a pleasure to be with. She contributed a lot to our enjoyment of Kyoto. We thoroughly recommend her services.

7 months ago |   by Emma

“ Tour of Nara ”

Keiko is helpful and knowledgeable with good English skills. We had a super visit with her to Nara. She also provided some great recommendations for cycling routes which we very much appreciated. Thank you Keiko

7 months ago |   by Lady

“ Great 2-Day Tour with Keiko ”

We had a great & fun 2-Day Tour with Keiko. She took us to all the spots we wanted to see in Kyoto. She was very flexible with our requests & answered all our questions very well. She is really a friendly, excellent & very knowledgeable guide. We wish you all the best Keiko. Until our next visit in Japan

Very Good
9 months ago |   by Laura

“ A friend in Kyoto ”

Keiko is adorable and we spent a lovely day with her in Kyoto.

9 months ago |   by Frederick

“ Great Hostess and guide ”

Keiko took us to many places in Kyoto and accommodated our wishes. She knows Kyoto very well. English is good.

Very Good
9 months ago |   by Veronica

“ Friendly and knowledgeable ”

Keiko was very open and friendly. We had the opportunity to see a lot of interesting sites and at the same time have interesting coversations about Japanese society and Culture.

1 year ago |   by Adam

“ Keiko is wonderful! ”

Keiko did a super job preparing for my custom tour of Kyoto. Her English is extremely good and she was very kind, thoughtful and informative throughout. I can recommend her without reservation. What a great guide. I won't ever forget my wonderful time in Kyoto, thanks to her!

1 year ago |   by Erin

“ Wonderful tour ”

Knowledgeable and kind. Keiko brought us to many beautiful areas of Arashiyama. This was an excellent experience and would recommend to our friends! Many thanks Keiko!

1 year ago |   by Emanuela

“ A Great Tour! ”

Keiko is very knowledgeable and the tour was extremely well-organized, interesting and very informative. We enjoyed the day and I will definitely recommend her for anyone visiting Kyoto!

1 year ago |   by Dattatreya

“ Wonderful day trip ! ”

We had a wonderful day trip in Kyoto with Keiko. She is knowledgable, well-Organised and very thoughtful of her class client's needs. Right from the time we contacted her first, she was guiding us over the triplelight message board on how to plan for the trip. She fully understood her constraints (with a 3 yr old child) and planned the day accordingly. She accommodated the slight delay in the start of the day and made sure we finished our entire itinerary on time. Her knowledge of the city and English communication is very good. Highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a guided tour in Kyoto.

1 year ago |   by Maria

“ Keiko was excellent! ”

Keiko was so kind to adjust to the changes we requested for the tour. She communicated with us consistently and we are very thankful that we got to meet her. We loved our Arashiyama Tour with her and it was such a lovely day spent in Kyoto with all the best tourist spots checked from our itinerary with perfectly calculated timing. My Mom and I are glad to gain a friend in Keiko and we will surely be booking her again when we come back... Arigatou Gozaimasu, Keiko and TripleLights!

1 year ago |   by Sean

“ A Fascinating View of Kyoto ”

Keiko is a Kyoto native and knows her city well. The Arashiyama area of the city, outside the centre, is home to the famous Bamboo Forest and to many amazing temples and shrines. Doing a cycle tour allowed us to see so much more in a day than doing a similar route on foot, and I strongly recommend this tour. Keiko guided us round a logical route through the area, offering a great insight into the history and cultural significance of the buildings we visited. Please do consider this wonderful tour - you won't regret it!

1 year ago |   by Helen

I really enjoyed spending the day exploring Arashiyama with Keiko. She was very kind and shared her culture and knowledge of the beautiful old temples and shrines we visited. I love the pace of biking to get from place to place. The bamboo forest is enchanting. We enjoyed a simple picnic lunch by the river. A highlight for me was visiting the monkey park.

1 year ago |   by Sally

Keiko was a great guide. We had tons of fun! Not only was she very knowledgable of the Arashiyama area, she was inquisitive and tailored our tour to our specific interests. She is a warm and friendly person, truly an asset to your company. I will recommend her to my traveling friends. Thank you so much, Sally and Gianmarco Pagliai

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