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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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A memorable afternoon

Even after six months of returning from Japan, every now and then a picture of walking through Kyoto Arshiyama’s Bamboo Grove pops up in front of my eyes. This was a wonderful... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even after six months of returning from Japan, every now and then a picture of walking through Kyoto Arshiyama’s Bamboo Grove pops up in front of my eyes. This was a wonderful afternoon. Using JR pass went up to Emmachi station and from there took “JR Sagano line for Kameoka “ for Sagaarshiyama. Sat outside the station for a while... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an okay experience. It's worth checking out but don't expect a peaceful scenic stroll in a bamboo forest. I arrived at around 9AM and it was already packed with tourists. A number of the tourists were obnoxiously loud. It was very difficult to enjoy the scenery when you have bus loads of people crowding the area and shouting... More 

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Wear a comfortable pair of shoes and enjoy the area. Bamboo forest is definitely worth a walk even though it isn't a particularly long walk...slightly marred by the modern day pest known as the selfie stick. If you can stand the heat make your way to the nearby monkey park...bit of a hike but worth it for the monkeys and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My favorite place in japan by far. Arashiyama is a small town in the outskirt of kyoto, we took a train and planning to spend an hour or two but we ended up spending the whole day there. There's a lot of things to see and do here in arashiyama. But what i would highly recommended is to rent a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a lovely spot! You can't go wrong with the trip to Arashiyama. There's heaps of local street food type places and many restaurants too. The ice cream wasn't particularly yum and the bamboo forest is unreal. Could easily spend a day here. We did the bus up and train down. Definitely recommend the bullet train - the bus takes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

beautiful bamboo forest, short strip full of tourist. hard to get a pic without other tourist. if you try, may be able to listen to the rustle of the leaves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Monkey park, bamboo forest, a couple nice temples, Arashiyama is a good place to kill at least half a day, if not more. If you do the monkey park, my recommendation is go as early as possible, before any heat hits; it's a long and fairly steep uphill walk to get there, which is also something to be aware of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were enchanted by the simple beauty of the bamboo forest. It was a cooling oasis on a sweltering day although much smaller and shorter of a walk through than expected, about ten minutes all told. Adjacent to the forest is a private garden with an entrance fee of ¥1000. The private garden was beautiful and worth navigating the rough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Should be on top of the list - the beautiful gardens of Tenryuji temple are breathtaking, what more if I went during autumn (must go back)... The swishing of the bamboos calm you, and you can spend hours just staring at the pond and the trees. This is one of Kyoto's best.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a day here when staying in Kyoto. Got to the Bamboo Forest around 8:30 in the morning which was amazing as we got the whole place to ourselves. Great place to wander around with lots of great shops for souvenirs. Very scenic spot.

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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.