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“Bamboo Forest!”
Review of Arashiyama

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Owner description: 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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“Bamboo Forest!”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Bamboo forest is a must visit! It is really beautiful and a totally different experience! I heard they still use the bamboo in this forest to make stuffs. I love Arashiyama! A little but serene town!

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful place with lots of shrines and a beautiful bamboo grove”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

I'm in love with this place. Lots of shrines to visit (almost all require entrance fees) and places of attraction. The bamboo grove was captivating. As I walked through it, I couldn't help but relax and smile at the sounds of the wind rustling the leaves. The area around the bridge has the most breathtaking views. I almost teared when I saw it. Don't forget to go up the hill to visit the monkeys after crossing the bridge to the south side of Arashiyama. A must visit if you're in Kyoto!

Visited August 2013
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“Fall in LOVE with Arashiyama!!!”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Loving it!! Love this place so much!! The air is so fresh.... totally free from air pollution!!
As we traveled from Osaka, we woke up at 6am (which mean 5am Malaysia time!!!). We changed a few train before taking the Hankyu Line that directly reach at the Hankyu Arashiyama Station.
It's truly worth the walk there..... This place will then lead to the Sagano Bamboo Walk.
We were there in April '13 so, the weather is really nice. Seeing all the pines.... it truly amazes me ;) Look at the photos that I shared here... as it's too great too magical to describe them in words .....
By the way.... there's a restaurant offering very great buffet lunch deal... have a try... there's a variety of food to choose from too :)

Visited April 2013
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“A perfect day in Western Kyoto”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

When we visited Arashiyama, we had our own "Alone in Kyoto" moments that were absolutely surreally beautiful.

We rented bicycles once we got out of the train station. (Ask the staff at the booth outside of the station). We cycled through the street of Western Kyoto to Togetsukyo Bridge, Sagano Bamboo Grove and visited Tenryuji temple. The part of the journey was quite crowded with tourists and traffic. While it's still enjoyable, what happened next was the highlight of the day.

Next, we cycled northward to Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple, passing Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street. As this part of Kyoto is not within easy walkable distance, we literally had the whole of old Kyoto for us to enjoy. Next, eastbound to Daikakuji Temple , guided by our maps, we wandered thru small laneways, passing by people's houses, farm field, getting a taste of how life is on ground level Kyoto. It's simply unforgettable and has become to the landmark experience of the trip.

Visited April 2013
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“Magical day in Arashiyama”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We enjoyed a wonderful experience in Arashiyama, and spent half a day here soaking in the sights and atmosphere.

We visited Tenryuji, which is a beautiful site, but perhaps there are so many great temples in and around Kyoto that it's hard for this to stand out in my mind. What I really loved is the stroll through the bamboo forest (which is next to Tenryuji), we were also fortunate because we were visiting in the off season and on a rainy day, so the experience was really Zen. Got a little lost trying to get back to the main road and wound up wandering amidst traditional houses, willow trees and sunflower gardens.

There are many charming crafts and food shops. We bought some kimono fabrics and had delicious okonomiyaki in a hole-in-the-wall, around the corner from the tram station. Further away from the station are some trendier boutiques and cafes (such as Platz and Sagano Yu).

We also stayed for the Ukai (cormorant) fishing tour, which is a truly memorable experience.

For itineraries that suggest one could get through Arashiyama in a couple of hours, I guess this works for tourists who prefer to check items off their list... but I would recommend to stay and explore this magical place.

Visited August 2013
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