Kyoto: Ohara Private Tour
- Small group
- Duration: 8.5 hours
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The tour basically enters the Fushimi Inari shrine area from the back, meaning the crowds are pretty thin at first and you have a moment there to yourself. But first we paused at a bamboo grove that was otherwise empty of visitors. The path through the shrine itself was inspiring and scenic. Our guide Suzy explained the significance of statuary, rituals and other significant sights along the way. We stopped for some coffee and a hardboiled egg each, served beneath a canopy along the stone-paved trail and tucked next to shrines. It was a fun experience made better by our knowledgeable and patient guide.
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Japan! Our tour guide, Yasuna, was very friendly and knew Arashiyama from a young age, so her knowledge of the sights we saw was brilliant. We discovered Arashiyama from a quieter perspective than if we had done the exploration ourselves, so this was a real bonus. The food was delicious and a real insight into local street food. We were only in Kyoto for the day, so we would highly recommend this tour to anyone that wanted to see the sights of Arashiyama in a short space of time. A really fantastic tour
Maybe expectations were overly high for the price charged, you get to see some temples, enjoy a tea break, and ride around the streets of Kyoto. If your time is limited then this might be a good way to spend it, but it would be nice to hear a little more of the history —for that price I would cheerfully have swapped one temple for Nijo Castle (I went later on my own, squeezing out time). So maybe modify the tour so you get to see a little religion/culture and a little history?
Warm, friendly, informative guide. Beautiful walk through woods, bamboo forest, and small shrines leading up to Fushimi Inari Shrine. Great way to see the area without entering with the masses of new year's visitors from the front entrance. Thank you.
Ross is a terrific guide with a perfect blend of historical knowledge,insights into the Japanese psyche plus he was easy to converse with. I loved the whole tour and have recommended him to everyone I met in Kyoto. If only all tours were like this!!