Kyoto Walking Tour Golden Pavilion and Arashiyama Route

Your own private Kyoto full day walking tour to suit all ages and fitness visiting major sites in Kyoto, includes lunch. Great alternative to cycling tour.

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Geometry of this city makes it an ideal place to do a cycling tour. As most of the traditional areas are not accessible by cars or coaches, walking tour allows you to explore the real life of everyday Kyoto.

It is a private tour which is organized by independent application, so you can enjoy your own private tour with your partner, family members or friends.

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will travel by public transport.

Keep Kyoto green and try a new way of touring.


  • See the real Kyoto
  • Wonder around the small quiet shopping streets
  • See the major tourists sights at the same time
  • Private tour just for you
  • Golden Pavilion – Kinkakuji
  • Ryoanji, famous for the Zen stone garden
  • Arashiyama – Bamboo forest


Tour inclusions

  • English speaking guide
  • Pick up and drop off from hotels in Kyoto central area
  • Lunch
  • Transport fees required for the tour
  • Entrance fee to temples visited


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Looking at doing other itineraries? We can do an order made walking tour for you. Price will depend on the places visited but will not be too much different from the ready-made tours. For more information please enquire withExperience Japan team!



You will be picked up from your tour guide at your hotel lobby for tour departure. (hotels located in central Kyoto only)


Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

Rokuon – ji Temple was originally built as a villa by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who had taken possession of a mountain villa of Saionji Temple in 1397. It was converted into a temple after Yoshimitsu’s death. Officially named Rokuonji Temple, this temple is famous both in Japan and abroad as a symbol of Kitayama culture. The Kinkaku, or “Golden Pavilion,” was built as the Shariden. Covered with gold, the image of the pavilion, which stands at the edge of Kyokochi pond, is reflected in the water. Major repair work performed in 1987 has further enhanced its brilliance.



This Zen temple was built in 1450 by Hosokawa Katsumoto, who had taken possession of a villa of Tokudaiji Temple. The karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden (designated as a special place of scenic beauty), which lies on the south side of the Hojo (quarters of the chief priest), is famous as “Tora-no-ko Watashi.” The white sand rectangular garden, surrounded on three sides by an oil earthen wall, measures 25 meters east and west and more than 10 meters north and south. The garden comprises fifteen rocks in five groupings. The name of the artist who created the garden is unknown, though a number of theories exist as to his intent. The garden is famous an expression of symbolism, which reproduces nature.



The Arashiyama area is special among areas of Kyoto for its brilliant colours during the changing of the seasons, reflecting in its rivers and ponds – spectacles which tourists from faraway places never tire of. The gardens here, with their variety of seasonal flowers, have been created to complement the many temples and shrines which have graced this area since olden times. This leading tourist spot in Kyoto features such destinations as the Togetsu Bridge and Ryoanji Temple.


Lunch time



Tenryuji is the most important temple in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city’s five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site.


Togetsukyo Bridge

The Togetsukyo Bridge, which spans the Oi River, is in one of the best known areas of Kyoto.

Guide will drop you off at your hotel when the tour concludes.


Terms and Conditions

  • Booking for this tour must be made at least 7 days prior to departure and is subject to availability
  • A non-refundable deposit is required within 7 days of booking
  • Full payment is required 45 days prior to travel
  • If the weather is not suitable for walking tour, tour will be cancelled or moved to another day depending on your schedule
  • Credit card fees apply
  • Cancellation fees apply