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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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Bustling with local food and beautiful surrounds

Such a lovely spot! You can't go wrong with the trip to Arashiyama. There's heaps of local street food type places and many restaurants too. The ice cream wasn't particularly yum... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Such a lovely spot! You can't go wrong with the trip to Arashiyama. There's heaps of local street food type places and many restaurants too. The ice cream wasn't particularly yum and the bamboo forest is unreal. Could easily spend a day here. We did the bus up and train down. Definitely recommend the bullet train - the bus takes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

beautiful bamboo forest, short strip full of tourist. hard to get a pic without other tourist. if you try, may be able to listen to the rustle of the leaves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Monkey park, bamboo forest, a couple nice temples, Arashiyama is a good place to kill at least half a day, if not more. If you do the monkey park, my recommendation is go as early as possible, before any heat hits; it's a long and fairly steep uphill walk to get there, which is also something to be aware of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were enchanted by the simple beauty of the bamboo forest. It was a cooling oasis on a sweltering day although much smaller and shorter of a walk through than expected, about ten minutes all told. Adjacent to the forest is a private garden with an entrance fee of ¥1000. The private garden was beautiful and worth navigating the rough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Should be on top of the list - the beautiful gardens of Tenryuji temple are breathtaking, what more if I went during autumn (must go back)... The swishing of the bamboos calm you, and you can spend hours just staring at the pond and the trees. This is one of Kyoto's best.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a day here when staying in Kyoto. Got to the Bamboo Forest around 8:30 in the morning which was amazing as we got the whole place to ourselves. Great place to wander around with lots of great shops for souvenirs. Very scenic spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The bamboo forest was a lot longer that I had imagined. I thought it may have been a couple of hundred metres long, but it was much longer. The bamboo is very tall and quite dark in some places due to the lack of sunlight. It's a nice easy walk from Saga Arashiyama station (free with JR Pass). Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We started from Saga Arishiama station taking a taxi to the Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji Temple. From here we wandered back toward Arishiama. Along this walk we saw much that was interesting - a small and very old village with thatched roof housing, the above mentioned temples Rakan statues, many quaint shops, and the Adoshino Nenbutsuji Temple. This last mentioned temple has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful walk through the Bamboo Forest. I've never seen anything like it. It was a 45 minute bus ride from our hotel in Kyoto, but it was so worth it. The bamboo grows very tall and it is really something to see. The whole Arashiyama are was interesting and I'd go back there in a heartbeat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to the area twice during our stay in Kyoto. First, we caught a bus and ended up in the park area thinking we'd go to the bamboo forest. We spent the afternoon in the park, rented a row boat and skimmed through the river--more like going in circles... We didn't go to the forest--too tired. My daughter went... More 

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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.