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Nijo Castle
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Kinkakuji Temple
Ryoanji Temple
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Togetsu Bridge
Hirosawa Pond

The Kyoto West “World Heritage Tour”

Top sights of Kyoto and Arashiyama in a day

The Kyoto West full-day tour takes in several World Heritage and iconic sights of Kyoto, including Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji (Golden Temple), the Zen rock garden of Ryoanji, and the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Lunch and all admission fees are included.

For the big sights of the Higashiyama area, such as Ginkakuji (Silver Temple) and Kiyomizu-dera, see our Kyoto East full-day tour.

The main areas of Kyoto to explore on this cycling tour

Tour Course

  1. KCTP Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal

    Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal

    Meeting and departure point.

  2. Nishi-Honganji Temple (World Heritage Site)

    The Nishi Honganji complex is the main temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, drawing worshipers from around Japan. The elaborately carved Karamon gate, the Amidado and Geido halls, and the Drum Tower are among the many highlights.

  3. Nijo Castle (World Heritage Site)

    Dating from 1603, Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) is one of the symbols of Kyoto. The castle grounds contain culturally significant buildings such as Ninomaru Palace, all surrounded by a moat and heavy stone walls.

    * Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August and December, and occasionally over the New Year period. At these times, the tour will visit a different sight or a cafe.

  4. Lunch

    Break for lunch at a place recommended by your knowledgeable guide. Please let us know in advance if you have food allergies, special diets, or a particular lunch request.

  5. Kinkakuji Temple (World Heritage Site)

    World-renowned Kinkakuji (Golden Temple) was first established as a villa in 1397, and was later converted into a Zen Buddhist temple. Today its gold-leaf-covered pavilion, reflected in the surrounding pond, is one of Japan's most beautiful sights.

  6. Ryoanji Temple (World Heritage Site)

    Ryoanji is most famous for its Zen rock garden, considered one of the finest examples of the kare-sansui (dry landscape) style. With a history dating from 1450, the temple is one of Kyoto's most visited sights.

  7. Hirosawa Pond

    The Hirosawa Pond area is the scenic gateway to Sagano-Arashiyama. The pond is especially pretty when cherry blossoms scatter on the water. Here also is Kannon Island, where an eleven-faced Kannon statue is enshrined.

  8. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

    Passing through Sagano, once a resort town for Heian-era nobles, you'll arrive at the bamboo forest of Arashiyama. This atmospheric grove is one of Kyoto's most popular and photogenic spots.

  9. Arashiyama Togetsu Bridge

    Togetsukyo, the 'moon crossing' bridge, stretches 155 meters across the Katsura River. The nearby tree-covered hills come alive with red maple leaves in autumn and cherry blossoms in spring, and create a picturesque scene year-round.

  10. KCTP Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal

    Return to the Kyoto Station cycle terminal, where the tour ends.

Tour Detail

Tour type
Private guided tour
Departure/End location
Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal
Departure/End time
Time required
About 8 hours
About 20 km
Price per person
20,000 yen (for groups of 4 people or more)
22,800 yen (3 people)
29,000 yen (2 people)
47,500 yen (1 person) Solo visitors welcome!
Inclusive of
Guide fee, rental bike fee, admission fee, liability and accident insurance, lunch
helmets, rain gear, original cycling map
Recommended for
People who want to get the most out of their time, people interested in cultural heritage
・Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear, according to the weather and temperature of the day. We recommend wearing sunglasses and using sunscreen in summer, and wearing gloves in the winter.
・Luggage such as suitcases can be stored free of charge. However, valuables, fragile items, and food cannot be stored.

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