This area is at the western outskirts and the base of mountains (known as Arashiyama), filled with many tourist spots. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian era (794-1185) when the nobility would enjoy its natural setting involving the river cruise, full-moon viewing and ambling under overhanging cherry blossoms.
The 154m-long Togetsu-kyo Bridge, literally meaning 'crossing moon bridge', is the central landmark that attracts people viewing cherry blossoms in spring and the full moon and colored maple leaves in autumn. The famous bamboo grove takes you to a mesmerizing, otherworldly atmosphere, and Tenryuji Temple has a spacious garden with 'dry' and 'borrowed' landscape that has been modeled by many other zen temples. Daikakuji Temple is reputed for the huge pond with greenery and gold-glittered screen paintings in the buildings.
Purposecouple,elderly,family,first time in Japan,cherry blossom viewing,autumn foliage,sightseeing,major
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5.06 months ago
This place is so hype. Nature lovers will love it. The pleasant weather, nice atmosphere, peacefull place for relax. So refreshing. Many shops sell souveniers, restaurants. If you don't like crowded place, you must come early in the morning to explore this area.
5.06 months ago
The best one-day-trip I ever took part in. I was there with my classmates. We could taste also the tofu ice-cream in Arashiyama.
4.0a week ago
Superb bamboo forest, it's not very big, but it remains a spectacle. If you want to visit it in peace and take beautiful photos, without too many tourists you will have to get up early, as already in the early hours of the morning it is a very popular destination for tourists, Japanese and not.
5.0a year ago
Arashiyama is in the far west of Kyoto, tucked along the base of the Arashiyama Mountains (meaning “Storm Mountains”). It’s a fair distance from the center of Kyoto: whether you go by train, bus, bicycle or taxi, you’re generally looking at about a 30-minute trip. Still, it’s worth it for the number of great sights here.
4.04 months ago
Way, way, way too many people. So crowded. Not that enjoyable with so many tourists around. Came to see autumn leaves here. I definitely prefer going to smaller bamboo forests and foliage places around Japan. If you like souvenir shops and activities, then this might be what you’re looking for. The taxi drivers around here also are too expensive and don’t know their way around honestly.