Exploring Kyoto’s cultural gems has never been easier. This day tour offers a seamless journey through the city’s UNESCO-listed landmarks, from the captivating Sagano Romantic Train to the iconic Kiyomizudera Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Travelers can soak in the enchanting bamboo forests of Arashiyama, admire the historic architecture, and enjoy the rich heritage. With convenience and efficiency in mind, this tour provides an ideal introduction to Kyoto’s timeless allure. But what makes it truly stand out? The answer lies in the experience itself, one that promises to leave a lasting impression on visitors.

Key Points

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour - Key Points

  • This day tour from Osaka offers a hassle-free exploration of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Sagano Romantic Train journey and visits to Kiyomizudera and Fushimi Inari Shrine.
  • The tour includes round-trip transportation, an English-speaking guide, and optional lunch, providing a comprehensive and convenient way to experience Kyoto’s top attractions.
  • Highlights of the tour include the scenic Sagano Romantic Train ride through the bamboo forests of Arashiyama Park and the visits to the iconic Kiyomizudera Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine.
  • The tour is suitable for first-time visitors to Kyoto, offering a well-balanced itinerary that covers the city’s UNESCO-listed sites and natural landscapes.
  • The tour has a 24-hour cancellation policy for full refunds, ensuring a flexible and hassle-free booking experience.

Tour Overview

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour - Tour Overview

This day tour offers a hassle-free experience for first-time visitors to explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto from Osaka.

You’ll start your journey aboard the Sagano Romantic Train, which winds through the picturesque Arashiyama Park.

Then, you’ll visit the iconic Kiyomizudera Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine, known for its thousands of vibrant orange torii gates.

With round-trip bus transportation and an English-speaking guide, you can simply sit back, relax, and soak in the historic sights.

Whether you choose the Beef Shabu-Shabu or buffet lunch, this tour provides a comprehensive and convenient way to make the most of your time in Kyoto.


Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour - Inclusions

The tour includes one-way Torokko Train fare and round trip bus fare, as well as local taxes. Plus, you’ll have the convenience of pickup at designated meeting points and be accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide. Depending on your preference, you can also enjoy a Beef Shabu-Shabu or Buffet lunch. Finally, your JR train tickets for the Kyoto departure are included.

Inclusions Details
Transportation One-way Torokko Train, round trip bus fare
Taxes Local taxes
Pickup Designated meeting points
Guidance English-speaking tour guide
Lunch (optional) Beef Shabu-Shabu or Buffet


Drinks, gratuities, and hotel pickup and drop-off aren’t included in the tour package. This allows travelers to have more flexibility and control over their personal expenses.

Beverages – Participants will need to cover the cost of any drinks they wish to enjoy during the tour.

Tips – Gratuities for the tour guide and any other service providers aren’t part of the package price.

Transportation to and from the meeting points – Travelers are responsible for getting themselves to the designated pickup locations in Umeda and Namba.

Meeting Points and Times

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour - Meeting Points and Times

Participants can meet the tour at two designated locations in Osaka – Umeda’s Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda at 8:20 AM or Namba’s OCAT at 8:50 AM.

This gives travelers flexibility to join the tour from their preferred starting point in the city.

The tour departs promptly, so it’s important to arrive on time.

Once the group is assembled, the English-speaking guide will lead the day’s activities exploring Kyoto’s UNESCO sites.

This hassle-free experience is perfect for first-time visitors with limited time, as the tour handles all the logistics, transportation, and guides.

With a convenient meeting time and location, participants can maximize their sightseeing in Kyoto.

Additional Information

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour - Additional Information

Wheelchair users can’t participate in this tour, but infants may sit on laps, and strollers are allowed. Most travelers are able to join this experience, which has a 24-hour cancellation policy for full refunds.

This day trip from Osaka to Kyoto offers several key highlights:

  1. Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Arashiyama Park and Kiyomizudera Temple.
  2. Enjoy the scenic Sagano Romantic Train journey.
  3. Visit the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of vibrant torii gates.

The tour includes train tickets, bus transportation, a local guide, and an optional lunch. However, it excludes drinks, gratuities, and hotel pickup/drop-off. With its hassle-free itinerary, this tour is an excellent choice for first-time visitors to Kyoto with limited time.

Sagano Romantic Train

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour - Sagano Romantic Train

The Sagano Romantic Train takes visitors on a scenic 25-minute journey through the lush bamboo forests and along the Hozu River in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto.

This historic train, dating back to 1897, offers passengers a unique and picturesque experience.

Passengers can admire the stunning natural landscapes, including towering bamboo groves, as the train winds its way through the stunning mountain scenery.

The train’s retro-style carriages and gentle pace create a serene and romantic atmosphere, making it a must-do activity for anyone visiting Kyoto.

With its inclusion in the tour, travelers can easily incorporate this iconic train ride into their day trip, ensuring a memorable experience in the heart of Japan’s cultural capital.

Arashiyama Park

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour - Arashiyama Park

After enjoying the scenic Sagano Romantic Train ride, the tour proceeds to Arashiyama Park, a lush and serene natural haven in the western outskirts of Kyoto.

Arashiyama’s picturesque landscapes, featuring towering bamboo groves, tranquil rivers, and historic temples, make it a must-visit destination for visitors to Kyoto.

The tour explores three highlights of Arashiyama:

  1. Stroll through the enchanting Bamboo Grove, where towering stalks create a serene and otherworldly atmosphere.

  2. Visit the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge, which offers stunning views of the Katsura River and the surrounding mountains.

  3. Discover the Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its beautiful gardens and Zen Buddhist architecture.

Kiyomizudera and Fushimi Inari Shrine

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour - Kiyomizudera and Fushimi Inari Shrine

Then, the tour continues onward to the historic Kiyomizudera Temple, a revered UNESCO World Heritage site perched atop a hill overlooking Kyoto. Visitors can marvel at the temple’s impressive wooden architecture, explore its serene gardens, and take in stunning views of the city from the famous ‘Stage of Kiyomizudera’ observation platform. Following this, the tour heads to the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine, recognized for its thousands of vibrant vermilion torii gates that wind up the sacred mountain. Guests can walk through the tranquil shrine grounds and admire the intricate architecture and symbolic statues before concluding the day’s activities.

Kiyomizudera Temple Fushimi Inari Shrine
Historic UNESCO site Iconic shrine
Impressive architecture Thousands of torii gates
Scenic city views Tranquil grounds

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Minimum Age Requirement for This Tour?

The tour does not have a minimum age requirement. Infants can participate, but they must sit on laps during the tour. Strollers are allowed, making it accessible for young children.

Are Food Allergies or Dietary Restrictions Accommodated?

The tour provider accommodates food allergies and dietary restrictions if notified in advance. Guests should communicate any special needs when booking to ensure their requirements are met during the included lunch.

Can I Bring a Large Suitcase or Backpack on the Tour?

The tour doesn’t allow large suitcases or backpacks. Guests can bring small, lightweight bags that can be easily carried. Excess luggage may not be accommodated on the transport vehicles or at the sites visited.

Is There an Option to Extend the Tour Duration?

Unfortunately, the tour’s duration can’t be extended. The tour provider focuses on efficient sightseeing within the set timeframe. However, travelers could explore Kyoto independently after the tour ends if they want more time in the city.

Are Photos and Videos Allowed at All the Sites Visited?

Photos and videos are generally allowed at most Kyoto sights, though specific rules may vary. Visitors should check with their tour guide or on-site staff for any restrictions before taking pictures or recording.


This comprehensive day tour offers an efficient and convenient way to explore Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Travelers can enjoy the scenic Sagano Romantic Train, stroll through the enchanting Arashiyama Park, and visit the iconic Kiyomizudera Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine, all while minimizing the hassle of transportation and logistics.

With its focus on cultural heritage and natural landscapes, this tour provides an excellent introduction to Kyoto’s rich history and stunning beauty.

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