Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle

Explore the sights of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari on this full-day, private minivan tour based out of Osaka. In Arashiyama, you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji, known for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous classic gardens, and lovely vistas. Then it’s on to the world famous bamboo grove. Picture time! Afterwards, we slip away to the quiet, rarefied environs of the Okochi Sanso estate for gardens, architecture, and a matcha tea break too. Much more to see and stroll about in Arashimaya before we head to the awe-inspiring, ever-popular Fushimi Inari, where thousands of red gates (“torii”) snake up the mountain. We’ll talk about the significance and sites as we make our way up the holy pathway, but it’s a private tour, so we only go as high as you want!
While not included, we are happy to suggest a lunch stop along the way.
This tour can be customized, so do feel free to consult with us if you’ve something special in mind that we don’t cover on the standard tour.
* Duration: 8 hours
* Starts: Osaka, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Explore the sights of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari on this full-day, private minivan tour based out of Osaka. In Arashiyama, you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji, known for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous classic gardens, and lovely vistas. Then it’s on to the world famous bamboo grove. Picture time! Afterwards, we slip away to the quiet, rarefied environs of the Okochi Sanso estate for gardens, architecture, and a matcha tea break too. Much more to see and stroll about in Arashimaya before we head to the awe-inspiring, ever-popular Fushimi Inari, where thousands of red gates (“torii”) snake up the mountain. We’ll talk about the significance and sites as we make our way up the holy pathway, but it’s a private tour, so we only go as high as you want!
While not included, we are happy to suggest a lunch stop along the way.
This tour can be customized, so do feel free to consult with us if you’ve something special in mind that we don’t cover on the standard tour.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0007 Kyoto Prefecture

Within this part of Kyoto are the following places, all described in detaile below: Tenryuji, Bamboo Grove, Okochi Sanso. But also, we’ll spend some time, as you wish, strolling the town itself, both along the river and through the shopping district.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tenryuji Temple, 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385 Kyoto Prefecture

The lovely, picture-perfect gardens are sure to both astound and bring you a sense of serenity. Timeless beauty, no matter what the season. We also get views of the prayer halls, mediation areas, and the bamboo grove (which we later walk right through).

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Bamboo Forest Street, Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto 616-8394 Kyoto Prefecture

You’ve probably seen this pictures of this, and now you get to be a part of it. A narrow road snakes up a gentle hillside, with bamboo towering both to your left and right. A classic, and for good reason.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Okochi Sanso Garden, 8-3 Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8394 Kyoto Prefecture

Perched above Arashiyama’s famous bamboo grove is this luxurious former actor’s estate, largely built in the 1930s. You’ll enjoy some macha (Japanese powdered green tea) and a small sweet, then stroll the gardens, take in the views, and check out the impressive buildings.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture

We spend a few minutes driving through and stopping for a quick stroll and picture taking in the Gion district.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture

Arguably the most famous Shinto Shrine in the land, Fushimi Inari entices you ever higher up the mountain with its famous red torii (gates). Don’t worry, though — this is a private tour, so we’ll only go as high as you want to! Along the way, we’ll talk about what Shintoism, Japan’s original religion, and we’ll see plenty of significant sights aside from those red torii, too.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes