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
Amazing place. So peaceful and beautiful and serene. If you are in the area I highly recommend that you spend at least half a day wandering around here. Amazing.
5.02 weeks 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.
5.0a week ago
I really love going there! It’s pretty packed in the afternoon but early in the morning is best time. It’s huge and you have beautiful surroundings too. Good to spend a morning in the area.
It’s difficult to arrive, you have to take a “metro” during 1h more or less from center of Kyoto, not covered by any japanpass nor bus ticket
4.0a month ago
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.
5.0a month 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!