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.
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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 31.9km) Google Transit
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5.04 months ago
Great place to visit only early in the morning when no one else is around.
Even though you might think, it’s just bamboo? There is something magical about this place.
A sea of bamboo lined up, and green all around. You will not regret visiting this place.
The overall distance will take no longer than a 15 minute walk from start to finish and the area is well lit up with sun rays creeping in between the bamboo.
I think if you enjoy photography, then this is the place to be! Just make sure you leave early to beat the footfall coming in around 9AM.
Once you leave the forest, ask one of the taxi drivers who wait at the exit for the viewpoint of the ravine below. DO NOT take the bait of getting into their taxi for a drive to the viewpoint as it is only a 10 minute walk on a inclined road.
Once you reach this view-point, you can see the ravine below and the area is normally free of the tourists. It’s a nice spot to have lunch and to just relax a little.
Overall, make sure you wear comfortable shoes, wear a lot of insect repellent and make lunch to go!
5.02 months ago
Really Spectacular! Very Nice to see. Worth every minute. Town near it is also nice. Accessible by train. Convenient. SAD you can't go running around inside the jungle.
1.0a week ago
If you like people, and a swap meet in a forest, with nothing but tourism surrounding the place, go for it.
It’s a 100 degrees out here, I just got out of that madness, the best part now is I’m having an Asahi.
Not my kind of vibe. I hope the rest of Japan is not like this. 20 days to go! 😬
4.02 weeks ago
Beautiful walk up a trail amongst thousand of bamboo trees. Minus all of the tourists, it feels pretty tranquil. The town at the base has many food and shopping possibilities.
4.0a month ago
Nice area but packed with tourists. Though a bit far from the centre, it is worth the journey. The so-called "romantic" train is a let down. One way costs 620¥ and lasts 25 minutes but make sure you book a bit in advance (same day ok) otherwise you cannot sit down. Also there is a train every hour only so I recommend you book that first thing. Allocate some time to walk around (the monkey park is said to be nice) then hop on the train. No need for a return journey (unless you want to) as you can take the metro back to the centre upon arrival.