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 month ago
This is one of my best tour ever, Since i love nature. The place is cool , I was amazed by the gardens... Bamboo forest, really beautiful. The swing of the bamboos are so relaxing to the ear...
4.0in the last week
NOT BIG MOUNTAIN, BUT SO CLEAN PLACE. BODYBUILDING AND TAKING PICTURES ARE GOOD. SIMPLE STATES, I DON’T WANT TO SEE POLITICS MARKS IN THE TEMPLE. WHY PEOPLE DONOT MAKE A BETTER PLACE FOR UNITY AND PEACE THERE?
5.0a month 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 through here to really enjoy the whole experience.
4.0a week ago
A short bus ride from downtown Kyoto, I highly recommend going out here even just for a chance to be in nature for a day.
Highlights include the bamboo forest and togetsukyo bridge. The bamboo forest is really a short dirt trail cordoned off in the middle of the forest. This place can get packed as it is an excellent photo opportunity so come here early before the rush.
There is a monkey park here but was not really worth the time or money but you will walk by it going from the bamboo forest to the bridge
5.02 months ago
Wonderful place to visit with lots of different walk ways to explore. I enjoyed walking around the well kept area for around 2 hours but I could have spent a bit longer as there were a lot of gardens and shrines in the area. It was a great adventure and I would highly recommend it