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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4.0in the last week
If you're visiting Kyoto, this is a place you must visit. I went there in February and the place was not as crowded as it is supposed to be. Benefit for me as I could enjoy a few minutes there without being pushed away by people. Get your cameras here as it's a very beautiful place to take photos as well.
5.02 weeks ago
A must if you're in Kyoto. The streets leading up to the bamboo grove are full of shops offering souvenirs and local delicacies. You can try some pretty interesting street snacks.
The scenery is pretty amazing walking through the grove except I didn't think it's as thick as what all the pictures on the Web depict. Be prepared to spend half a day meandering thorough here to really enjoy the whole experience.
5.02 weeks ago
Great place to visit and stroll around if you are visiting Kyoto. A beautiful place to explore and soak up all the green vibes!
I would try to go early during the day to avoid the traffic and the mass crowds!
5.0a month ago
For me, Arashiyama is not only about the bamboo trees but rather the calming experience I felt as we walked around. Indeed, the bamboos were amazingly nice and gives a feeling of good vibes coz 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 how to ride a bike then my happiness will be twice!
5.02 weeks ago
Arashiyama was one of my favourite experiences for my stay in Kyoto. The walk up the hill to the monkeys was lovely with superb views of the mountains surrounding us and the beautiful river below. The monkeys were a hoot and it seemed to be well organised. But the best by far was the romantic train.....what a joy!