Experience the less touristic side of historic ARASHIYAMA, including a secret buddhist temple, a spectacular Japanese garden, famous bamboo forest as well as a riverside picnic lunch.

“Recently I’m hearing the same question from our guests: “Danny, is it worth visiting Arashiyama? I’ve heard the crowds are overwhelming, you can’t move, you can’t enjoy the serenity of the bamboo forest etc”. All of this is true, but the simple answer is yes. Yes, it is worth a visit to Arashiyama, but only if you do it the right way”.

“During my early visits to Arashiyama, I would focus my guests’ attention on the main temples and shrines dotted around the famous bamboo forest. In part this was due to my lack of knowledge & in part because that is what I thought they wanted to see. It wasn’t until visiting friends and family from Australia insisted I find them somewhere more interesting to visit. Somewhere away from the crowds, somewhere a little off the beaten track. And it was at their urging that I found one of the most beautiful gardens I had ever seen, not only in Kyoto but in Japan. It was at their urging that I climbed the mountain to discover my favourite “Miyazaki-esque” buddhist temple and its magnificent view. It was also at their urging that I put together a more leisurely itinerary, taking in the hidden side of Arashiyama. And guess what? It worked! No longer did I have to fight the sea of people jostling for pole position amidst the bamboo, trying in vain to capture that elusive solo selfie. While they were doing that we would be enjoying the tranquillity of a private garden or eating lunch by the riverside chatting to the locals. Arashiyama is not to be rushed! Yes, the tour starts earlier than most at 8:00am. But that’s a small price to pay for having a World Heritage site to yourself. Over time we felt we had achieved the right balance, without compromising the expectations of our guests. I hope we have the opportunity of experiencing our secret Arashiyama together”. Thank you.

(Owner/Operators – Jam Jar Lounge & Inn)



  • English speaking guide
  • Private Groups (Max 4 x plus guide)
  • Return train tickets to Arashiyama
  • Entry fee for Okochi Sanso Villa
  • Entry fee of Senkoji Temple
  • Boat ride ticket
  • Picnic or Restaurant Lunch (weather dependant)


  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Additional food & beverages not outlined above
  • Transportation to/from the meeting point
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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A moderate amount of walking will be involved (approximately 10,000 steps). Although we will be walking at a leisurely pace, there are quite a few steps leading up the mountain to the Senkoji Temple, I would suggest moderate fitness would be required (6 on a scale of 10). Please ensure you have sturdy comfortable walking shoes & water.
Vegetarian options are available for lunch but should be advised upon booking.

Any existing dietary requirements and/or food allergies must also be advised when making your booking. In the event of rain a restaurant lunch will be provided.

Wheelchair access is not available.
Tour is appropriate for ages 16 plus.


Kitano Hakubaicho Station
Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto 602-8386


6600 Yen Per/Person (Inclusive of all Taxes & Service Charges)


Confirmation will be received at time of booking (unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability).


  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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(1.Nov.2016. Jamjar Lounge & Inn)