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Address: Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383, Kyoto Prefecture
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Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge...

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.

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Serene bamboo forest right in the middle of the city

It's nice to take a stroll along thousands of tall bamboo trees all aligned precisely. It was quite crowded when we went there because of the red leaves celebration but still the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's nice to take a stroll along thousands of tall bamboo trees all aligned precisely. It was quite crowded when we went there because of the red leaves celebration but still the pictures came out really nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to Arashiyama Nov. 16. I arrived in Arashiyama around 8AM. I took Hankyu Kyoto Ltd. Exp. to Katsura, changed trains for Hankyu Arashiyama Line. Takes 20 mins from Kawaramachi Station. The best indication that I made a good decision was that I was the only person in my train car. I had the Bamboo Groves to myself except... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I find it hard to describe the area and the word 'traditional' frankly sounds a bit cliche considering it is part of Kyoto which is possibly the capital of tradition for Japan! The rating is 4 due to the bamboo forest being ALOT smaller than I had expected it to be.. try copse instead of forest and the general area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Arashiyama bamboo forest was gorgeous, only if you truly enjoy nature. If you're looking for a quiet stroll while taking in the breath-taking sights, be ready to be disappointed, because chances are you'll bump into loud tour groups where the tour guides constantly trying to yell their way through the crowd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are visiting this town, bring walking shoes because there is no point hiring a bike to see everything. You can get around the majority of the town in about an hour, but could spend an afternoon wandering around and taking everything in. The monkey park is a worthwhile visit and has great views of all of Kyoto, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am a Kenshin Anime fan that's why I went specifically to Kyoto. The Bamboo forest always reminds me of Kenshin's painful fight in the Bamboo forest when he painfully have to remember the past. It's peaceful but yet you could feel Kenshin's heart. When I was there I just imagined his fight and so much painful. However, as you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited early in the morning (a little past 9am). I was impressed at how they were able to maintain the traditional atmosphere in the midst of the developing cities around the area. This was a short stop for me on the way to Kyoto.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Arashiyama is a lovely place a bit away from the city.Tenruji temple gardens are beautiful and despite the flood of tourists, it is possible to experience the serenity of the garden. We found Jojakkoji temple also to be quite beautiful. Walking through the town and its small cafes and artistic shops is a great experience. The Bamboo forests are impressive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

THis is the most Japanese place I thought. Bamboo forest made me fresh clean and calm. I was relaxed and enjoyed to take a walk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Easy to go use bus from Kyoto Station. it's my first time go to Japan and this place. and I wasn't lost my way. one hour will be ok if you get a seat on bus 😅 very big place. bridge, river, autumn leaves, bamboo forest, green tea ice cream famous place, absolutely there are a lot of people. and... More 

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.