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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing place to walk and breath the fresh air at this place. With streams, botanics and traditional houses its a must visit place for any visitors.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AmeerhtT
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Highly recommended to walk and enjoy the beautiful nature; variety of cafes and restaurants (including one excellent Japanese Halal food restaurant), perfect for all

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank aymanaymanaymanayman
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Arashiyama is absolutely beautiful. It still has an old world feel about it. Wonder up and down the streets to find restaurants and shops. We had lunch at a tofu keiseki restaurant which was amazing (I can't remember the name). The area is very touristy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JodHami
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is amazing. Especially during Sakura season. The bamboo forest is always crowded but worth it. There is also the monkey park. Its a bit of a hike to get to the park but I did it in jeans and I was fine. Its...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank hk_nerd_808
Reviewed 5 days ago

Skipped the bridge and the temple which were very crowded but we enjoyed our visits to the bamboo grove on a Sunday morning. Picture perfect at the bamboo grove and the colorful maple trees near the river made for a pretty early winter scene.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Arashiyama in early January, and while the bamboo forest was beautiful, it was so busy. We then visited the Okochi Sanso Gardens which were lovely (reviewed separately) then wandered through the large park down towards the river then back along the river to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Copa6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the train out to Arashiyama for the purpose of taking a walk through the bamboo grove. It had been raining previously and a little gloomy on the morning. We arrived around 8.30am and it was a relatively quiet and good time to take...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pingynielsen
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveling in the winter may have help keep the crowds to acceptable levels, I have heard that many locals give up during the typical tourist peaks as everything gets crowded

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tremm298
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Japan in the cherry blossom season and loved the bamboo forest near Kyoto ! It's a walk around in this scenic place and the cherry blossoms made it even more beautiful! Lots of cafes around and wear your walking shoes !

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank sachdag
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is free, which menas it gets crowded! It’s open 24 hrs a day, so the earlier you go, the better. We got there at 7:15am (in 33 degree weather!), with very few people there. It makes for a wondrous, serene experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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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January 13, 2019|
Response from pingynielsen | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we took the train to the JR Saga Arashiyama station and then it was about a 10 minute walk to the bamboo grove. There’s signs showing the way from the station.
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October 24, 2018|
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Response from kc3302 |
You probably mean the train called Hikari, which is one of the Shinkansen trains from Tokyo to Kyoto. The first Hikari departs at 06:46 and arrives in Kyoto at 09:14. If you are using a JR Pass this is the first train of the... More
October 14, 2018|
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Response from Brandon_CAN | Reviewed this property |
Yes, not a problem. Make sure it's on a leash.
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Hello! It is my second time visiting Japan (I am SOOO excited!). 1st visit I did Tokyo, Kyoto (already did Southern Higashiyama, Fushimi Inari), Arashiyama, Uji, Nara, Osaka then back to Tokyo. This time I am visiting Kyoto again, but am debating between a day trip to Ohara or Kurama/Kibune. I love small rural villages. I don't have time to do the Takayama-Shirakawago trip this time unfortunately (next time). Was deciding to look at a day trip to Ohara, but have been reading that...More
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Hi there, i am planning to visit some places in Kyoto. I need an advice which places i have to visit in a row. I stayed in Kyoto for 2 nights. I will be arrive at Kyoto maybe about 10-11 am. Here's my destinations : Kiyomizudera, Maruyama Park, Fushimi Inari, Arashiyama, Nishiki Market. Which places do you think i have to visit on first day and second day Thanks Cheers Okta
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Kiyomizu and Fushimi are both on the eastern side of Kyoto so it is easier to see them together. Group your destinations by by locations e.g. east or west