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Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen provided by Kyoto Urban Adventures

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 20-07-24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
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Updated 20-07-24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    JR Saga-Arashiyama Sta. Public Bathroom
    Japan, 〒616-8373 京都市右京区Ukyo Ward, Sagatenryūji Kurumamichichō, JR嵯峨嵐山駅南側
    JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, in front of the ticket gates. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///results.cross.tempting
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  • 1
    Nonomiya Shrine
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Togetsukyo Bridge
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 4
    Daihikaku Senkoji Temple
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Arashiyama Station
    Arashiyama Higashiichikawacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0002, Japan
    Randen Keifuku Arashiyama Station
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Departure Point
JR Saga-Arashiyama Sta. Public Bathroom, Japan, 〒616-8373 京都市右京区Ukyo Ward, Sagatenryūji Kurumamichichō, JR嵯峨嵐山駅南側
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Arashiyama Station, Arashiyama Higashiichikawacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0002, Japan
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Zen meditation instruction
  • Matcha green tea ceremony and cup of tea
  • Entry/Admission - Daihikaku Senkoji Temple
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and any additional transportation
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear modest, casual dress and comfortable walking shoes.
  • In case of closure of the temple the tour will not run. The booking can then either be changed to an alternative date or otherwise we will partially refund the customer.
  • In severe weather conditions some of the walks may be slippery in case of rain.
  • We can accommodate vegetarian and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
31Reviews
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Andrew C wrote a review Mar. 2020
4 contributions
I loved this experience, and I think you will too! Ko, our guide, was a pleasure to chat with on the small hike up to the temple. He was a fantastic photographer for us in the bamboo forest. Lastly, he was clearly knowledgeable and gave us foundational context to Kyoto, the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from KyotoUA, Guest Relations Manager at Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen
Responded Mar. 25, 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to share and tell us about your experience, andrewlearnseedo! We are glad to hear that you had a great time in Arashiyama. Hope this experience you had would be an amazing memory in your life! See you again sometime in the future! Regards, Masami
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manuele_321 wrote a review Mar. 2020
2 contributions
Today we visited Bamboo grove, Nonomiya shrine and the Daihikaku Senkouji temple. Our guide Fumiko was just lovely and very informative. The group was small, felt very casual and felt more like a group of friends going on an adventure. We met a monk of the temple and got to
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from KyotoUA, 営業ディレクター at Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen
Responded Mar. 10, 2020
Thank you manni_321 for your review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoy the special moments in Arashiyama. Zen meditation is one of the unique experiences you can do in Japan and the Senkoij is a very special temple hidden in the mountain. We are sure loved the view from there too. Kyoto has a lot more to offer, so hope you enjoy them as much as you can while you are here. Thanks again, Hiroko
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Cristel D. wrote a review Feb. 2020
3 contributions
Ko’s a cool guide. He made the experience pretty much chill but informative at the same time. The path leading to the temple is breathtaking. The quiet moment with the monk and the discussion with him, through the excellent assistance of Ko, is something that is one for the
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Response from KyotoUA, マネージャー at Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen
Responded Feb. 28, 2020
Thank you Cristel VD for your review. We are very happy to know you had enjoyed the tour with Ko. I hope you will come back to Kyoto for our different tour. Best regards. Miyake
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Kay M wrote a review Jan. 2020
Geraldton, Australia2 contributions
Fabulous guide and a really different and interesting tour. The guide constantly thought of our needs and we had an amazing time with the monk and climbing the steps to get there.
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Response from KyotoUA, お客様担当マネージャー at Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen
Responded Jan. 14, 2020
Thank you 959kaym for your review. Yes, the temple is so special and the way to get there is something like a quest! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Thanks, Hiroko
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Brynjar Solheim wrote a review Nov. 2019
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Starting off with a trip through the famous bamboo grove we were introduced to the significance of the various shrines and temples we came upon as we walked. The tour continued up to a small shrine where we got to participate in a meditation session and a traditional tea
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Response from KyotoUA, マネージャー at Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen
Responded Nov. 23, 2019
Thank you 908brtnjars for your review. Yes, this tour is very unique and we are happy that you had enjoyed the experiences. best regards. Nobumasa Miyake
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Nara Morning - great guide!
Honestly my guide, Miyake Nobumasa was the best part of the tour. He had so much knowledge of the area and Japan h
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Good pace, great sights and erudite conversation...
Fantastic tour through Kyoto thanks to Akemi-San, thank you! Great to get some background on the city and see some
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Kyoto -so much to learn!
Ko was our guide and he did a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all the information about the sites
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Walking Tour
Our Flight Arrived to Japan late and we were still able to make the tour. We met up along the way and joined in.
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Great adventure through Kyoto
A great day spent exploring Kyoto and it’s many temples/shrines. Cycling is recommended to capture as much of the c
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See the Sights, Understand the Sights
I enjoyed this tour, and I think you will too! Veronica, our guide, was perfect for this walking tour. There is a
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Cultural Contrasts
Kyoto is a confusing place - what with all the temples and shrines, it is difficult to take it all in and understan
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Insightful experience
This was an excellent tour with Julian as our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and funny,too! We learned so mu
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Engaging, informative evening
Julian was fantastic. Friendly, engaging and extremely knowledgeable and insightful of the history and present of K
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Amazing experience !
Our guide Fumiko was wonderful and we highly recommend her she was very patient and happy to answering our endl
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Would recommend
Our tour guide Fumiko was very informative and nice. She took us to Toufukuji temple, Fushimi inari shrine, and the
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Lot's of fun
Despite the rain and cold winds, this tour with Kosuke was great! He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer
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Great way to see the city
We booked this as a group activity but there was only the 2 of us on it as it was low season so in effect we got a
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