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
Another highlight of Kyoto - the bamboo grove of Arashiyama. It is not a natural forest, but a forest where bamboo is farmed. Still a great place to visit. The tall bamboo trees transport you to a magical place. Try to be as early as possible to beat the crowds, trying to get the perfect photograph.
5.0a week ago
It's a beautiful bamboo forest! If you're a photographer or just want to avoid huge crowds take the 05:00 train and you'll arrive there before 06:00 depending on where you live. Don't just stay at the main road with the bamboos, wander around and take a hike up to the hill for some amazing cherry blossoms and view! Definitely worth the visit!
5.03 weeks ago
This was easily one of my favorite place to visit in Japan. It was crowded and full of tourists and there’s only a narrow path to follow around the beautiful garden and to a bamboo forest. What a magical and well kept place.
5.0in the last week
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.
5.02 weeks ago
Visiting the Arashiyama bamboo Groves was one of the highlights of our Kyoto trip. The older bamboo area outside the neighboring temple is simply stunning. Incredibly beautiful. I've never seen anything like it before. Definitely worth visiting if you're in Kyoto.