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Trekking & Walking Tour in Autumn Foliage from Takao down to Arashiyama


Kyoto
7 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour is designed for those who like trekking along the Kiyotaki River in autumn foliage and like visiting lesser-known temples of scenic and historic interest with moss-covered gardens located in a serene environment.

Itinerary

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  • Jingo-ji Temple
  • Trekking along the Kiyotaki River
  • Gioh-ji and Johjako-ji Temples
  • The Bamboo Forest and Nonomiya Shrine

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What to Expect

The most fascinating point of this trekking tour is that you can see, hear and feel the natural wonder along the Kiyotaki River, especially in late autumn. The colored leaves of maple, Japanese lacquer and other trees amuse your eyes and the murmur of the stream delights your ears.
Jingo-ji Temple, which houses Yakushi Nyorai ( Medicine Buddha ), a Buddhist statue (national treasure) and other excellent statues, is famous for red leaves of maple trees. You can take in a magnificent view of the mountains and valley from the temple precinct.
The next temple to visit is Gioh-ji in Arashiyama, the name of which was taken from Gioh, a dancer and prostitute, who had to live in the temple and lead a sorrowful life with Gijo, her twin sister in the latter half of Heian period ( late 12th century ). The temple with a beautiful moss-covered garden is located in a very serene environment.
The third temple is Johjako-ji Temple, which I suppose is the most beautiful temple for autumn foliage in Arashiyama. It is said that "the One Hundred Poems by the One Hundred Poets" was compiled by Fujiwara no Teika, a famous waka poet, in the early 13th century on the temple site. You can also enjoy seeing a green velvet-like moss on a hillside of the temple.
You will lastly visit Nonomiya Shrine in the Bamboo Forest known as a shrine of match-making and business success. Last but not least, Gioh-ji Temple and Nonomiya Shrine were a part of the locations of a renowned novel, "Koto ( the ancient capital )" written by Kawabata Yasunari, a Nobel laureate.  

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM
Meeting Point JR Kyoto Station
Ending Point JR Kyoto Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee ( you and guide ) and entrance fee for the three temples (¥1,400 )

Important

This is a limited time tour from November 14th till December 3rd, 2019.

It is desirable to carry overseas travel insurance because the guide is not liable for any damage or loss incurred during the tour. It is also requested to bring enough Japanese yen with you because some restaurants and taxis do not accept credit cards.

This is a limited time tour from November 14th till December 3rd in 2019. It is desirable to wear warm clothes and trekking shoes. Sneakers are possible. Please get a bottle of water or tea and an obento ( a boxed lunch ) at a convenience store near your hotel or Kyoto Station. You will take a bus twice from Kyoto Station to Takao. The route along the Kiyotaki River is a part of Kyoto Trail Hiking Course. Most of the route along the Kiyotaki River is a safe path and warning will be given at slippery places. Responsibility cannot be taken for any injury during the tour. It is recommended that you have overseas travel insurance. In case of rain, trekking along the Kiyotaki River is canceled and two other temples are added in Arashiyama Area instead. read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

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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Josephine Josephine United States
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Excellent ”

Yoshi is a great tour guide. He was very informative and patient. We did the full day Kyoto tour and we added a couple of locations, so he spent over 11 hours with us. We took the public transportation which he easily navigated us through. I highly recommend Yoshi!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Josephine. Have your returned home safely with lots of nice memories and and souvenirs? I had a very nice time guiding you around Kyoto although it was pretty dark at the last attraction, Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine. I appreciate your kind review for my tour. If you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch. With best regards, Yoshie

Brett Brett Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ 5 Hour Tour ”

Yoshi is a great tour guide. Very accommodating to our requests and needs. He had an excellent 5 hour tour organized. Very friendly, and informative. Highly recommended.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Brett. Thank you very much for your nice review. I am glad that your family enjoyed eating snacks and yakitori - grilled chiken that they liked. I hope you have returned home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs of Japan. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch. Best regards, Yoshie

Jim Jim United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A fascinating, full day with Yoshie ”

We just spent a full, fascinating and delightful day being guided through Kyoto by Yoshihisa. We visited many of the major sites, which he curates beautifully, and we never felt rushed nor stressed. A former English teacher, Yoshie is a wealth of history, stories, poems and puns. If you are visiting Kyoto for the first time, I highly recommend spending your first day with Yoshie.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Jim. I really appreciate your kind words of gratitude. I am very pleased to learn that you and your wife enjoyed yesterday's tour with me. I hope you will continue a nice trip and return home safely with lots of pleasnt memories in Japan. Next time you visit Japan in early April or late November, be sure to get in touch, please. Thank you again. With best wishes, Yoshie

Meg Meg United Kingdom ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Amazing Kyoto and Nara tour with Yoshie! ”

Yoshie is an extremely knowledgeable guide, he showed us (a family of 5 - children aged 16,13 and 10) the highlights of Kyoto and Nara across 3 days. He is full of interesting and amusing facts as well as being a kind, thoughtful and generous guide. A particular highlight was our meal in a traditional Izakaya restaurant - SUCH fun!! Thank you Yoshie!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Meg, Thank you very much for your quick and kind review for my tour. It has been terribly hot for the three days in Kyoto and Nara. I appreciate your patience, listening to me attentively in spite of the heat and humidity. Yesterday we had a karaoke party near the izakaya restaurant and I told the chef that you and your family had been very pleased with your meals and kind hospitality. He was also delighted to hear it. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With the best wishes, Yoshie

Benjamin Benjamin Mexico ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ BEST DAY IN JAPAN! ”

The tour with yoshie was extraordinary! We had a excelente day, full of fun and sightseeing. Yoshie was very knowledgeable on all of the places we vistited in Kyoto. His explanations and english were perfect. During the tour he adapted very well with our pace and Requests. Overall it was one of the best tours in japan with the best guide in japan! Yoshie is an excelent human being, we really enjoyed his company very much!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Benjamin, I am very pleased to have your wonderful review for my tour in Kyoto. Thank you so much. I am also glad that you and your family liked each and every site we visited in My Favorite Golden Tour. I hope you will have a pleasant trip in Nara and Osaka, too. Be sure to get in touch next time you visit Kansai region, please. With best wishes, Yoshie

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