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Arashiyama

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Western Kyoto
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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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Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour With Yakatabune Lunch Cruise
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Beautiful area and bamboo grove

Beautiful area to just walk about and explore....we were lucky to stumble across couple taking a wedding shoot and also someone taking some kind of a photo shoot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful area to just walk about and explore....we were lucky to stumble across couple taking a wedding shoot and also someone taking some kind of a photo shoot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a half day here. There are many shrines and temples. Plenty of places to eat including tofu specialising restaurants. Opportunities to ride a rickshaw and see the sights including the bamboo grove

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The bamboo forest is cool but not that special. Though it was nice on a hot day (around +35C) because they give cover from the sun. In my opinion the Tenryu-ji temple which is in the area is more awesome than the forest itself. It costs 600yen to enter the garden and temple and it's really worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Made a day trip to this area. Started with cruise down Hozugawa river. Which ends at the bridge where you can either go the Bamboo grove or to the Monkey Park. The street to Bamboo grove is lined with shops for souvenirs and great deserts. The Monkey park is a very hard hike up. Bring comfortable shoes. We got lost... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most magic places in the world. If you are planning to visit this place in the summer, the best should be coming here in the early morning or in the late afternoon: in this way you can avoid the crowd and enjoy its real magic! A Must-see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Firstly you will need at least 2-3 hours here. A lovely walkway of fast growing bamboo, for excellent shade during the hottest months. I recommend walking this route, as it gets busy, and so often we saw those who had hired bikes simply abandon them at the start of the groves. We walked further than most, turning right at the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing bamboo forest and easy stroll but recently crowded beyond pleasant. Note, a taxi from Kyoto Shinkansen to here is very! Expensive as it's clear on the far side of town, eg 50+ USD. Take a team or bus for about 3$

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Arashiyama bamboo grove is only one sight among many others that abound: temples, shrines, etc. The place is really easy to find and there are various trains that take you there. Check online to find your best connection. There is no fee for the Bamboo grove. Arashiyama is a quaint suburb of Kyoto and it gets really crowded in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't go there for the bamboo "forest", you will be disappointed.. Its beautiful but its probably about 150m long. The rest of the area is very nice though and you can climb uphill where you will have very nice views of the countryside around Kyoto. So its worth a visit, just don't expect to much of the bamboo forest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived it's raining, but it beautiful and amazing view, we rented bicycle to take around in this place, when rain stopped we stay in Tenryū-Ji for couple hours, just sit under roof and feeling the mountain was wrapped in fog. Walking in the bamboo forest you can hear the breeze rustled leaves, I feel my heart is peaceful....

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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.