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
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 31.9km) Google Transit
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5.0a week ago
You need to there as early as 6am or even before to get some good shots of the famous bamboo forest. It is too crowded at other times of the day. This place is quite big. You can do bicycle ride, boat ride, hike up the hill...It is possible to spend one full day here. Up the hill, there are some really breathtaking landscape views.
4.0in the last week
Cool and interesting bamboo forest. Go there early to avoid the crowds and enjoy this place the best. It is only a very small walk through the forest about 200 m and thats its. Still worth the visit and cool places to hike around the forest.
5.04 weeks ago
Beautiful area with much more to offer than just the bamboo forest alone. Unless you're here really early in the morning, be prepared that it's almost impossible to get a photo without having many other visitors in your shot. Good to spend about 2 hours slowly exploring the area and going on a hike in the surroundings. No trouble finding food or souvenirs in the shops before you head off to your next destination!
5.02 weeks ago
Loved it! Got there at 7:30, it wasn’t crowded. Great views not too far away. Alot of nice places near by to eat! It’s worth a visit!
5.0a month ago
The most beautiful spot is not at the beginning of the path, but further away past Tenryuji Temple entrance, where bamboo groves grow further apart from each other, allowing it to become thick and beautiful. You can rent a bike, take a rickshaw ride or stroll the path (it will cost you nothing— just prepare yourself and your camera) to enjoy the beautiful sight