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Arashiyama

Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8383, Japan
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Ranked #9 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
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Owner description: Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden structure. Arishiyama also has... more » Owner description: Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden structure. Arishiyama also has Tenryu-ji temple, one of the 14 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. « less
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Jakarta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of most popular tourist sites near Kyoto, easily accessible via JR Saga line. Aside from a collection of serene temples and shrines, this place is known for beautiful bamboo forest. Giant green bamboo are clustered together on the left and right site of a narrow pathway. The effect is a greenish, peaceful world. Some of the more... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Was just in time for the annual Hanataro festival! Despite the winter cold, it was a refreshing walk. Think the bamboo helps exudes a calming effect, very important when it was too crowded. Somewhere deeper inside, there is a stall selling awesome egg custard for 150 yen or so. Must try if you manage to find it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My partner and I went there because, based on the LP review, it sounded quiet and idyllic. To add one stupidity to another we took a boat cruise to get here. Too many tourists, Japanese and gaijin, and too much noise and fuss. Don't recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Such a beautiful place. You can walk around as well as taking a boat ride. I believe autumn would be the best time to come here and in spring to see cherry blossoms. I came here in the middle of summer, the heat is unbearable and the humidity is high. Still a beautiful place and a must if you are... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Take train and stop at Arashiyama station. Walkable distance while enjoying the scenary along the way. 20 minutes or more to reach the Bamboo. It is on the left hand side, we asked the local all the way the Bamboo. Locals are so helpful and kind, we appreciate. No entrance fee. When you reach there, you are entering the Bamboo... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The photos we had previously seen in magazines and ads of the Arashiyama bamboo forest do not do it justice. One must experience the view first hand to appreciate the magical feeling. The entrance to the bamboo forest is free, no charge. We were among hundreds who entered the forest. Despite the crowds, everyone moves at their own pace, giving... More

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Arashiyama bamboos were great on picture but not so much in the actual. Anyway, we were amused by the people pulling the carriage while the guests were riding on it. It was like a caritela but instead of the horse pulling the carriage, it's a man who does the pulling. We also enjoyed the food being sold at the... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

One of the best thing about Kyoto is it has a lot of beautiful free places. I was on a quite strict budget so Arashiyama was a very nice place for me. Small town with amazing bamboo grove and tofu-based food. I would visit it again if I go to Kyoto. Definitely a MUST.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I highly recommend visiting Arashiyama. It is an easy rail trip to get there out in the suburbs. I recommend visiting the Tenryu-Ji Temple first which is exquisite and very peaceful. From there you can visit the Bamboo forest which is amazing and peaceful in a very Zen way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The bamboo forest was okay, but not that impressive for photography since there was not much color there. Otherwise, you can stroll inside the forest for some tranquillity. Make sure to go to the bridge nearby and sit down for some time at the benches provided around the riverbanks. Best to go during sunset. The neighborhood is very high-end, even... More

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