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Arashiyama

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Western Kyoto
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Address: Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383, Kyoto Prefecture
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Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge,...

Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden structure. Arishiyama also has Tenryu-ji temple, one of the 14 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.

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Loved getting out of the city and walking around the quaint shops and the bamboo forest. Easy to get to. Restaurants along side the lake are varied and one can sit and enjoy... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved getting out of the city and walking around the quaint shops and the bamboo forest. Easy to get to. Restaurants along side the lake are varied and one can sit and enjoy viewing those canoeing and the autumn colors of the vegetation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Arashiyama is a beautiful place in all seasons. It is fantastic if one wants to see autumn leaves. The range of colour - from crimson, red, orange, brown, yellow and different shades of green - is rich and stunning. Three locations stand out for this purpose: Tenrioji temple, Hogonin temple and the river. Rounded off with a tofu meal one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a Zen like quality to this whole place. I visited in spring and the water- flows and the mountain scenery calm you inexplicably.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some of the most beautiful places in Kyoto are free to visit and the Arashiyama District is one of them. As soon as we got across Togetsukyo Bridge we were greeted by the beautiful view of Mount Arashi across the Ōi River with its wonderful autumnal colours. We followed the sign for Kameyama Park Viewing Deck and were further rewarded... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic and amazing place, to take some breath of nature out of the crowded cities. Along you have beautiful walks and views all over.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my favorite part of my trip to Kyoto, definitely demands a day's trip and a full day - we took a bus from Keihan Sanjo and arrived near the Togetsukyo bridge - it was still the end of winter so the mountain range was lovely with all sorts of oranges, yellows and greens. There's a good coffee shop... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place to go as there are bamboos on your both sides but there are too many tourists! You better arrived v early to avoid the crowds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Set against a backdrop of mountains with impressive autumn hue, this place is certainly worth a visit during fall. The bamboo forest, though still green in autumn, looked amazingly great on photo. Be there as early as you can as crowd starts to build up towards noon. There are also long queues at eateries around noon time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was quite a long walk with sights to see. You will pass by the local houses 🏡 on the way. Excellent to have a feel of the Japanese lifestyle. However the place was crowded with students and local visiting their temples and bamboo garden!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thought that the setting would be more rural and that the bamboo forest would be bigger, but what was there was impressive. Nice walks down by the river also and you could hire a boat if you wanted. The town itself was geared up for tourists with lots of shops selling the usual tourist trinkets.

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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