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Secret Arashiyama with Picnic Lunch

Kyoto, Japan

Experience hosted by Danny

5 hours
Includes food, drinks, tickets, transportation, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Arashiyama is so much more than the sea of selfie-sticks making their way through the famous bamboo forest.

Although we will be paying homage to this particular UNESCO World Heritage sight, this will not be the star of our show, but it's lesser known neighbour.
Join me as we wander through the exquiste private garden & tea houses of the Okochi Sanso Villa. Created by silent movie star Denichi Okochi in the 1920's, his vision was only openend to the public upon his death in 1962, and is often overlooked by visitors on the tourist trail.

After a freshly brewed cup of local matcha tea, we'll cross the Katsura River, before ascending to a hidden Buddhist temple perched percariously on the side of a mountain, to enjoy unequaled views of the river and Kyoto. Ring the temple bell three times for luck.

Time for a riverside lunch, or should we ask the monk if we can take in his peaceful surrounds while we rest and enjoy our delicious bento box.

After lunch we will head east, strolling along the Katsura river before stopping to take photos on the famous Togetsukyo Bridge.

After a short rest-stop we will board our train back to Kitanohakabaicho for your onward journey.
Other things to note
Our tour will last approximately 5 hours. Although the Arashiyama area is quite small in size, we will be walking between sights, therefore sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
Arashiyama is so much more than the sea of selfie-sticks making their way through the famous bamboo forest.

Although we will be paying homage to this particular UNESCO World Heritage sight, this will not be the star of our show, but it's lesser known neighbour.
Join me as we wander through the exquiste private garden & tea houses of the Okochi Sanso Villa. Created by silent movie star Denichi Okochi in the 1920's, his vision wa…

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What's included

  • Food
    Freshly prepared traditional Japanese Bento Box lunch. We will do our best...
  • Drinks
    Although I cannot provide alcohol, please feel free to bring your own bottl...
  • Tickets
    Entry fees to both Okochi Sanso Villa & Senkoji Temple
  • Transportation
    Return train ticket on the "Randen" electric train from meeting point
  • Equipment
    English Speaking Guide
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/ person
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Meet your host, Danny

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 11 Reviews
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Hi my name is Danny. Born in Australia, I have had a 25 year love affair with Japan, it's people & it's culture. Having previously lived in Tokyo, I moved to Kyoto 4 years ago. Like many visitors to Kyoto I immediately fell in love with the cities history, temples & gardens. As a result I opened my own guesthouse and cafe, (Jam Jar Lounge & Inn) , which allows me the opportunity to show visitors from all over the world the delights of my adopted city.

Arashiyama is one of those delights, so let's discover it together, away from the crowds, and enjoy it's unique ambiance & scenery!
Hi my name is Danny. Born in Australia, I have had a 25 year love affair with Japan, it's people & it's culture. Having previously lived in Tokyo, I moved to Kyoto 4 years ago. Like many visitors to Kyoto I immediately fell in love with the cities history, temples & gardens. As a result I opened my own guesthouse and cafe, (Jam Jar Lounge & Inn) , which allows me the opportunity to show visitors from all over the world the delights of my adopted city.

Arashiyama is one of tho…
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Where you'll be

I will be waiting at the entrance to the "RANDEN KITANOHAKUBAICHO STATION" dressed in green and wearing a baseball cap. (This is a very small station with only one entrance).
After our group meets at the front entrance to the station, we will take a short 25 minute train journey on the very cute "Randen" electric train to the centre of Arashiyama to start our tour with the famous Bamboo Forest. Our tour will end at our original meeting point.
Brent
October 2019
Great experience walking through the gardens and hiking along the river and up to the temple. Nice to be out of the city
Rebekah
October 2019
This tour is absolutely worth your time (and money)! Danny was a wonderful, funny, and thoughtful guide, and even altered our trip a bit to make sure we saw the most unique sites indicative of traditional Japanese culture. He was so patient (even with two teenagers) and encouraged us to take photos along the way! In between sightseeing, we took a break by the river to enjoy a picnic lunch, which was so delicious and thoughtfully made. This experience was amazing and was the highlight of our trip to Japan! Thank you, Danny!
This tour is absolutely worth your time (and money)! Danny was a wonderful, funny, and thoughtful guide, and even altered our trip a bit to make sure we saw the most unique sites i…
Stacey
October 2019
The experience was awesome and so much more than we were expecting or could hope for. The tour itself was amazing and beautiful! Our guide, Danny, was awesome! I felt like he was both easy-going and professional. He asked questions to get to know us better and then he personalized everything for us. He really went the extra mile sharing information with us that was both important and interesting about the tour and the Japanese culture and practices. The bento lunch was so delicious. I definitely would recommend this experience to anyone, and would love to take other tours with Danny. I wish we could have taken him with us everywhere while in Japan! If you are hesitant, don’t be. It’s well worth it!
The experience was awesome and so much more than we were expecting or could hope for. The tour itself was amazing and beautiful! Our guide, Danny, was awesome! I felt like he was b…
Alaiza
July 2019
I LOVED this experience with Danny! It was great that we got to walk around and see the popular areas of Arashiyama but my favorite was getting to explore the less touristy areas and got to visit the lesser known temple up in the mountains. The bento box lunch by the river was definitely one of my favorite parts of this experience as well! Super yummy!
I LOVED this experience with Danny! It was great that we got to walk around and see the popular areas of Arashiyama but my favorite was getting to explore the less touristy areas a…
Fiona
November 2018
Spending a day with Danny was a real pleasure (& worth every yen); he's easy-going, knowledgeable, accommodating and good company. If you're looking for a good mix of walking in nature, both designed gardens and up into the hills, this walk will gently offer that with especially glorious views and colours in autumn (& we assume in spring too). Culturally there is much to enjoy here & it was a real plus to meet the mountain monk and his dog, & to offer our prays at his Buddhist temple. Having the benton box picnic lunch was a treat, and a nice break. So, yes: take the trip, easy instructions for meeting up, and get yourself a slice of real Kyoto, with a true Japanophile.
Spending a day with Danny was a real pleasure (& worth every yen); he's easy-going, knowledgeable, accommodating and good company. If you're looking for a good mix of walking in n…
Ronda
October 2018
An excellent opportunity to spend time seeing Kyoto through the eyes of a local guide. Our tour was scheduled for our first morning in Kyoto...and it was a fun way to learn about Japan. Danny is very knowledgeable of local customs, so in addition to the magnificent walk in the Bamboo Forest, we asked him countless questions about the area. As an aside, this tour is also a wonderful photo walk through traditional countryside.
An excellent opportunity to spend time seeing Kyoto through the eyes of a local guide. Our tour was scheduled for our first morning in Kyoto...and it was a fun way to learn about…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable Walking Shoes

Water