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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5.02 weeks 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
5.0a week ago
So much to see and not enough time. The forest trail up the mountain felt like a real adventure, would recommend good footwear as some surfaces were slippery. Also some great spots along the way to get decent pictures.
5.02 weeks ago
Arashiyama is a beautiful area in Kyoto where you can spend a lot of time enjoying nature. The famous bamboo forrest is really hyped and almost definitely disappoint you. Try not to focus too much on that part of Arashiyama as there is so much more to see.
4.0a month ago
This is a beautiful bamboo forest conveniently located in the historic Arashiyama area so it usually gets really crowded throughout the day. If you want to get a photo without people you really need to get there by around 5:30 a.m. once the first trains start arriving at the nearby stations, this beautiful scene is quickly filled with tourists.
5.0a month ago
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.