Takao to Arashiyama hike

A beautiful and easy hike from the charming village of Takao to the world famous Arashiyama area.

We’ll leave central Kyoto by public bus and reach Takao where we’ll visit the temples of Saimyoji and Jingoji, particularly impressive during the autumn leaf season. We will then start an easy hike following downstream the beautiful Kiyotaki river valley. We’ll go through the incredibly quaint village of Saga-Toorimoto lined by traditional townhouses and home of the unique Otagi Nenbutsuji temple whose grounds are covered in hundreds of stone statues. We’ll continue to Arashiyama where we will visit Daikakuji temple’s beautiful pond and a ‘secret’ bamboo grove.

Time permitting we’ll have the option of visiting one more of Arashiyama’s impressive temples and gardens and also the bamboo forest. We’ll then catch the train for a short ride back to central Kyoto.

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Day 1
Takao to Arashiyama hike

– Takao village

– Kiyotaki river

– Saga-Toriimoto village

– Osawa pond

– Arashiyama area

– Head back to central Kyoto by train or bus

The itinerary in Arashiyama can be adjusted to accommodate travellers’ needs and requests

Included in the price:

  • - My time and service as your private guide
  • - My lunch, transportation and entrance fees.
  • - Personal itinerary consultation service and tailor-made tour.

Not included in the price:

  • - Transportation
  • - Admission fees to the temples.
  • - Lunch.
  • - Refreshments and snacks during the hike.
  • It's strongly advised for travelers to have their own insurance.
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Takao to Arashiyama hike

How long is this tour?

The duration can be customized according to travelers requirements. The tour “at it is” takes between 6 to 7 hours depending on the pace of participants.

How fit do I need to be?

The terrain is easy and mostly flat, but there are some stairs to tackle to get to the temples in Takao, nothing too challenging but remember that summer can be hot and very humid.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the season and shoes suitable for walking. Light hiking boots are recommended especially after rainy days. Bring also sunglasses or some eye protection and a hat in summer.

How much money do I need?

Roughly 4000 yen should cover for the bus/train fare, admission to a couple of temples and lunch.

*Please notice that religious sites and small restaurants do not accept credit cards but cash payments only.

Is the tour on in case of rain?

Hiking/walking activities will be cancelled only in case of really inclement weather. In case of light and not persistent rain the tour goes ahead, make sure you wear the appropriate gear.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • Walking (Bus and/or train)
  • Max 8 people