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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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Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
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The bamboo forest is of course beautiful! But it's smaller/shorter distance than we had thought it would be, so it's over quickly if you walk it. And it's crowded with photographers even at 6:30am when we went (we thought we'd beat the crowds by going...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank HeatherPeterErnie
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was crowded with tourists although we came on Monday, but you could still take good photos. It is near the Saga Arashiyama station where you can also take the Sagano Romantic scenic train.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank LiuSanti
Reviewed 5 days ago

The area is very scenic with trees in fall colours, lots of interesting shops to explore and restaurants to try out. The river front walk is lovely with a small bamboo forest nearby that you can visit.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Abhijit S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited the Bamboo grove twice. Once in winter with self rented bikes and no one around. We rode around everywhere and had a great visit. The second time was recently and it was incredibly crowded. Go early in the morning.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Cwatsonandtravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite unusual though when you did the tori gates the day before you have been spoiled so perhaps a bit blase

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank johntravel2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are visiting Kyoto you must plan a one day trip to Arashiyama. Especially in autumn, the temples in Arashiyama are a treat for the soul. Take a small boat ride in the river, hike up to the monkey hill, marvel at the beautiful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Remya N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The national park here is very pretty. The bamboo forest is epic. The river is pretty chill too. There are places that are quiet on the side of the river where the bamboo forest is not.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank geelongexpat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice scenery, steep slopes. Lotsa bamboo trees. One of the key reasons of my visit to Kyoto. There are many temples available in the world, but there are far and few bamboo forest that i know of. Its definitely a must do.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Briyano
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice bamboo forest, somewhat smaller than expected. A beautiful walk through the forest. Be prepared for a lot of people. A must visit when in Kyoto!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Veronica K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit but get there early to avoid the crowd! Theres a lot of restaurants around which are expensive so se got lunch from family mart and sat by the river. Buses to and from are frequent and the stops are easy to...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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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
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September 27, 2019|
Response from BendigoVic | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is no parking area near the forest that I can remember, you would need to park in the town and walk which is only a short distance or walk from your hotel depending on the location.
September 4, 2019|
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Response from superprobinsyana | Reviewed this property |
Correct! It would be nice if you come to the place as early as you can. 7 in the morning would be a perfect time. Most of the trains and buses starts operating around 5AM. But I would recommend to use Google maps and it... More
September 1, 2019|
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Response from 876neilh | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is achievable in a day, and to cruise back.