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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 5 days ago via mobile

I think it worth visiting that place in autumn or spring. I went there in the beginning of February and i was really disappointed, especially with bamboo groove. I just wasted time to get there. Bamboo "groove" was packed with continuously taking photos/selfies tourists and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful autumn red and yellow leaves and arashiyama lake! Autumn is best season to visit. Bamboo forest was crowded, so better visit early in the morning, between 6-7am

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank alstrchm
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's a nice place but definitely overrated, plus it takes a lot of time to get there from the city center. If you want to go there though, I would recommend getting up early (the earlier the better), before the crowds - at least you...More

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

Ok may be it was the time of the year we visited .. but the arashiyama bamboo grove was nothing like the instagramable pics you see

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank bish-sg
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a wonderful experience to be here. There are beauty scenery and worth for money. Amazing memories which can't forget.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FrequentFlier651388
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an entire day at Arashiyama and had a wonderful time. We took a taxi to Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, We then walk downhill towards the river, passing small temples, local stores, until we arrived at the bamboo forest. We then went to Tenryuji Temple, then...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank hollywoodarcadia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a beautiful county of Kyoto. Quite a long way from the city center, but with the train access, it's easy to arrive there. The mountains are amazing, especially in spring and autumn. There are lots of ryokan and onsen around the place. Also the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank namhung
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arashiyama is one of the highlights of Kyoto. Really easy to get to with JR pass too. The town is quaint and has lots of interesting food and souvenir stalls to browse. It is a bit touristy but it’s nice to escape the hustle and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank brendanmU5136VV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a nice walk but when you reach the bamboo grove it is quite crowded. You might have to wait a little for the crowd to go to fully enjoy the quiet and greenery.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank tammyzh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. People are friendly. Love the peace. Love the view. We are also lucky to have the great weather!

Date of experience: February 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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January 13, 2019|
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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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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