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Arashiyama

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Address: Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 758811235
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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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Rent a cycle and experience nature at its best

Visiting with kids we were skeptical about visiting Arashiyama due to the walk, so we hired cycles, the kids took a back seat and my husband and me enjoyed our cycling. I had not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visiting with kids we were skeptical about visiting Arashiyama due to the walk, so we hired cycles, the kids took a back seat and my husband and me enjoyed our cycling. I had not sat on a cycle for 10 year, brought back old memories. Kids were thrilled to see us cycle. No picture will ever bring the beauty of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It took about 15 minutes walk from JR station, easy to find , even it's a hot n sunny day, the shade of the bamboo provide shadow n nice wind breeze to the tourist.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small walk with nice phot opportunities. Rickshaw was expensive especially since each hired rickshaw only carries 2ppl. Include the bambo forest n your short walking tour of the city for sure!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The high bamboo´s are truly magnificent - but quite overrated as natural beauty. It is simply too small an area and too well tamed to become really magic. The area it self is a nice park and can be combined by a few other attractions in the area - the temple is a tranquil experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I found a lot of foreigners there so it was a bit crowded. There were also men that pulling something like cart. People can sit on the cart too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

When I visited Kyoto some twenty years ago all I saw was the main town highlights and only travelled as far north as the Golden Pavillon. If you have several days in Kyoto, then plan a visit to Arashiyama. It has some magnificent temples and shrines, but is centred around the natural beauty of the river and the Togetsukyo bridge.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I left early in the morning to get to this site. I took the train to Arashiyama Station (the last stop) from Katsura and walked my way northwards to the Togetsukyo bridge. I then took pictures of Togetsukyo bridge from the south side then crossed the bridge. My googlemaps told me that the way to the Okochi-Sanso Gardens (which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arashiyama offers the best of all worlds: a wonderful activity for the kids (the monkey park, which also offered a nice hike and great views of Kyoto), beautiful sight seeing opportunities (bamboo forest, temples) a lively district of shops and restaurants, including an amazing place to try some of the world's best beef (Steak Otsuka) and a stellar coffee spot... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is A very small bamboo forest, so i would only consider the visit, if you have never been to a large bamboo forest before.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The bamboo forest in this area should not be missed. As we walked along the path we fell into a sense of awe with the magnificent view. Hard to believe what the first people thought when they stumbled upon it. The best part of this path was the free admission through it. However, there are other temples along the route... More 

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Staying in Western Kyoto

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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.