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
We guide this spot.
5.0in the last week
A must see if you're near Kyoto! It's better to get here early morning or late evening; there are typically tons of people here during the day. It can be a bit eerie when it's dark out. The locals seem to think this place is haunted; travel at your own risk >_>
5.0in the last week
For me, Arashiyama is not only about the bamboo trees but rather the calming experience I felt as we walk around. Indeed, the bamboos were amazingly nice and gives a feel good vibes as it sways with the wind but the walking part where we get to see houses, shops, tried other food, pass the bridge, hear the sound of water and many more makes this trip to Arashiyama one for the books! If only I know hot ro ride a bike then my happiness will be twice!
5.0a month ago
Lovely bamboo Grove. A must after hectic travel on plane, train, etc. Ideal time to visit is early in the morning to avoid rush. Don't miss the hike atop the hills near the bamboo grove if you like some adventure. And, enjoy watching the monkeys entertain you with their presence on the hill!
3.0a month ago
It’s pretty but really just a 5 minute walk. Don’t come during the afternoon when it’s crowded. However, the area near the Tenryuji temple and Arashiyama Park are nice for walks and plenty of shops with good snacks.
2.02 months ago
This location is NOT the bamboo trail. We followed the path to this map location (which was a lovely walk by the river) but it does not lead to the bamboo forest that you see in the pictures - that is a separate location by the JR station. You will walk a long time and then discover you need to go back the way you came in order to get to the bamboo trail.