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Arashiyama Sagano Scenic Railway and Hozugawa River Boat Tour from Kyoto Instant Confirmation


Enjoy the colors of spring as a retro train takes you on a leisurely ride. Hop on a traditional boat and marvel at arresting sights as you make your way down the Hozugawa River. Wrap up your day with some free time to enjoy Arashiyama.

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  • hozugawa
  • along the river
  • tram

Special Discounts! (until 2019/12/02)

During your stay at Arashiyama, receive discounts for:
1. Admission at Arashiyama Music Box Museum
2. Rickshaw rides or houseboat rides
3. Foot bath usage
4. Coupons for food, drinks and shopping

Available for all participants.
Please check the operational days for Arashiyama Music Box Museum.

Relax with a nostalgic train ride followed by an exciting adventure down the river on this full day tour from central Kyoto. The rapids along Hozugawa River will lead to scenic Arashiyama, where you will have a little more than 2 hours to explore the area.

From the fast-flowing river to green forests and mountains, get up close with the power of nature. Close your eyes for a moment and listen to the serenade of the birds chirping and the rustling of leaves. Open your eyes to lush greenery in summer, bright yellow leaves in autumn and silvery scenery in winter, before the cherry blossoms repaint the whole landscape pink in spring.
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In the case the Hozu River is flooding, the cruise will not operate and you will be taken to an alternate location.
Please understand that during high season, additional buses will be used, however, not all buses will be equipped with an English audio guide.
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Adult (Age 13 & over)
USD 94.67
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Child (Age 6-12)
USD 53.03
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Adult (Age 13 & over)
from USD 94.67
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Child (Age 6-12)
from USD 53.03
from USD 53.03
Adult fee: Middle school and up. Infants: Free, but won't have a seat on a bus.
Duration: 7.5~8 hours
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Bus fare / English audio guide / Japanese-speaking guide / Chinese audio guide / Ticket fee for tram and boat ride / Map and pamphlet in English, Chinese, or Korean / Korean audio guide
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
    Time & Location

  • 08:40 Check-in at JR Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi Bus Terminal
  • 09:00 Departure from JR Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi Bus Terminal
  • Scenic Train Ride (23 min.)
    Japan_Kyoto_Sagano_Railway_shutterstock_763969078 The train ride will take you from Saga Station to Kameoka Station—that's 7.3km of magnificent scenery! Indulge in a nostalgic ride through Kyoto's picture-perfect natural landscape.
  • Hozugawa River Boat Ride (90 min.)
    20160802005945_295091286_3077_9 Enjoy a thrilling boat ride down the Hozugawa River to Arashiyama. Relish the feeling of being surrounded by nature as the cruise makes its way through some rapids, flanked by lush foliage.
  • Tenryuji Temple and Arashiyama (140 min.)
    20150909091735_1668751373_3077_9 Feel the forces of nature at work in this glorious area of rural Kyoto. You can also get a good look at Tenryuji Temple, the head temple of a major branch of Zen Buddhism. Enjoy your free time in Arashiyama and find a good local spot for some lunch before heading back to the bus.
  • 16:00-16:30 Tour Ends at JR Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi Bus Terminal
    • Infants ages 0-5 may join for free, but they will not be getting a separate seat on the bus. If you wish to have a separate seat for infants ages 0-5, please book them as a child.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Printed VELTRA voucher
Requirement(s) - Others
    • You are required to check in at the terminal at least 20 minutes before your scheduled tour departure with your voucher, to exchange for a ticket. If you forget your voucher, you will need to purchase a new ticket at full price.
Additional Note(s)
    • Only Japanese-speaking guides are available. Audio guides will be available on the bus in English, Chinese and Korean.
    • The tour company will not be liable for any accidents that may occur when participants are off the bus.
    • The tour schedule is subject to change according to traffic or the size of the group.
    • You are free to have lunch in Arashiyama. Please note that lunch expenses are not included in the package price.
    • If the boat ride at Hozu River is cancelled due to bad weather, your time in Arashiyama will be extended. You will be refunded for the boat fee in cash (JPY) at the check-in location.
    • Seats on the train cannot be reserved. You will be asked to sit within a designated area.
    • During busy seasons, additional buses will be added with changes to the schedule. Please note that English, Chinese and Korean audio guides will not be available if additional buses are used.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between the booking confirmation date to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of JPY 100 per participant.
  • Any cancellations made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
Change policy
  • Any changes made between the booking confirmation date to 1 hour prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of JPY 100 per participant.
    Any changes made after 1 hour prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

After your booking is confirmed, be sure to print your voucher and bring it with you on the day of your activity.

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Arashiyama Sagano Scenic Railway and Hozugawa River Boat Tour from Kyoto