The rickshaw tour was incredible. Our rickshaw operator Aki was simply the nicest guy. So happy with a big smile the whole time. And he was also quite knowledgeable, and a great photographer to boot.
It would have been worth it for the pictures alone I think. He got a neat looking vertical panoramic on our iphone in the bamboo forest. Then he showed us a picture of him taking Steve Carell around on a recent rickshaw tour in the area. It was legit, he was standing right next to him. Anyway, I highly suggest you have them end the tour near the entrance to the monkeys and go play with them up on the mountain for a while after your rickshaw tour. Just make sure you can walk all the way up the mountain, it took about 20 mins of huffing and puffing to get up there. But we weren't breathing as hard as Aki was after he took us around on the rickshaw, I can assure you of that
I went on the Arashiyama option tour a couple of weeks ago. A wonderful tour that everyone visiting Kyoto should go on.
I let my guide, Taichi, choose the places to visit, and I'm so glad I did.
His knowledge about the area is outstanding! I would never have visited the places I did, if I hadn't gone on this tour. And I would definitely not get to hear about the history.
The bamboo forest and the temples and shrines we visited where amazing. So was the old parts of Kyoto.
I highly recommend this tour.
The 2 hours went by so fast, I regret a bit that I didn't take the 3 hour tour.
AMAZING Tour! Highly recommend! We took the 2 hour long ride and wish we would have done the 3 hour. We visited Arashiyama. Beautiful greens, bamboo forest, and our driver even took us to a Buddist temple. Very small and quaint tucked within a neighborhood. The garden was beautiful! Spoke really good english and knew much about the lore around town. He stopped to take several pictures of us. Great experience and is on my to do list for our next visit!
This event was outstanding and one of the highlights of the trip to Japan for my kids and grandkids. The young men who pulled for the family were excellent and the family loved them. You have an excellent company and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Japan and Kyoto. Thank you for your service.
We enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very friendly telling us of past history and answering our many questions. He also took the time to take photos which will remind us of Kyoto. We visited temples, the bamboo forest, etc., which we could not have done by foot given the limited time we had.
Excellent experience in Kyoto! My wife and I made a last minute decision to do a rickshaw tour and we couldn't be happier with the experience. We did a 45 minute tour, but we wish we had done a full hour. Kiyo was our driver and he was awesome! Very nice and informative, I got the feeling that all the drivers were exceptionally nice because whenever we passed another rickshaw they always gave us a big wave and smile. Kyoto is a beautiful place and the rickshaw is a cool way of seeing the sights, especially the bamboo forest. It was raining when we went, which at first I was bummed about, but the rickshaw is set up to block the rain and they had blankets and seat warmers to keep us comfortable. I would actually prefer to do the rickshaw on a rainy day to avoid having to walk around with a poncho and umbrella. Cannot recommend enough, worth every penny!