Arashiyama

Sightseeing information about Arashiyama in Japan.


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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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5.0a month ago

"Are those trees really that high?" Is the question you may find yourself asking when you visit. I went during both the afternoon and evening. When its daylight, you're able to see everything, the detail in the tress, and the vastness of it all.

During the evening, you can as well, but you're obviously limited due to the sun setting. When the sun was set, I was surprised (and glad) to see that there were still many small shops opened. There are many sweets and souvenirs to choose from.

4.0in the last week

Location and What:

Just to the North West of Kyoto lies an enormous amount of nature to be discovered! From the mesmerizing forest, to the Monkey Park, and the famed Bamboo Grove.

How to get there:

Busses and electric trains arriving from the center of Kyoto serve this attraction, and it takes around 30 minutes to reach this location from city center. Bus will cost you a flat rate of 230yen for adults and 120yen for children. Electric train price will depend on your starting point.

The Cons:

The main goal of our visit was what draws most people to this part of Kyoto and that was the Bamboo Grove. Although there are countless photos of that area this particular area was kind of a let down. The Grove isn't all that big as one would have thought ( roughly 100m in length). And to realize that only afterwards was a big let down for us.

The Pros:

The amount of nature and peace around this area is fascinating! The views are breathing! The water is a clean turquoise, and is you venture in to the forest you can see wild monkeys roam the woods!

Other observations:

- For those visiting the Bamboo Grove it's located on the north bank of the river;

- Food and souvenir shops can also be found along the North bank of the river.

- if you do not want to hike the mountains and just want to see the monkeys you have two options, go early in the morning (7am) and stroll along the south bank of the river, or go to the Monkey Park, on the south bank of the river (prices are 550yen for adults).

2.0in the last week

It is beautiful, but it is filled with tourists like most places. The “forest” is a 5 minute stroll. Do not plan your day around that. The neighborhood nearby is nice as well. Plenty of shops and eateries.

2.0a month 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.

5.03 weeks ago

An absolutely fantastic place to spend a day hiking through nature and experiencing serenity. It's a huge place but some areas can get crowded, such as the bamboo trees area. I had such a fun day dressing up in a yukata and just enjoying the landscape and nature.