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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We guide this spot.
5.0a month ago
Very beautiful forest, with mountains, river, monkeys, boats and shops
5.04 months ago
Yes it's busy and a bit out of the way, but if your in Kyoto it's a must see! It was ridiculously hot in the city but a bit cooler and more laid back out here. We almost didn't go but am glad we took the time out.
The highlight is probably the monkeys at the top of the park or the bamboo, but forget trying to get a picture with the bamboo unless your there at some obscure time (crowds). That being said it's well worth seeing even with crowds. The little village is really cool to walk around too.
Would suggest at least 4 hours here but you could easily spend a full day.
5.0a month ago
I love the view at the bridge. So peacefull and beautiful. Worth to visit. I love sitting around the bridge and enjoy the view better than strooling at the bamboo groove.
5.02 weeks 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.
5.07 months ago
Very popular tourist place on the outskirts of Kyoto but well worth a visit. Try going during fall when you can see autumn leave colors rivaling that of Vermont. I loved the traditional kimonos that so many visitors wore.