Arashiyama is one of the best places in kyoto to visit. Located in the northwest of the city, it offers different attractions in one place. It is a vast place where you can walk along the river. There are also parks and many trails for parching. It is possible to do activities on the river, to discover the typical shops or to taste the local flavors.
A place not to be missed, easily accessible by train from kyoto station. The area has been a popular destination since centuries when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. Accessible by JR Train from Kyoto Station with the JR Sagano San-in Line to Saga-Arashiyama Station and walk for about 10 minutes. It is also possible to take a taxi or a bus.
One of the places not to be missed in Kyoto and even in Japan. This place brings together everything that traditional Japan represents, namely nature, temples, typical streets, rivers and more. Directly accessible in a few minutes from Kyoto center. It is also possible to spend a good part of the day in this place.
The Togetsukyo Bridge is the central landmark of Arashiyama. Many small shops, restaurants and other attractions are found nearby, including Tenryuji Temple, the famous bamboo grooves and pleasure boats that are available for rent on the river. This bridge was originally built during the Heian Period and most recently reconstructed in the 1930s. The bridge looks particularly attractive in combination with the forested mountainside in the background.
The paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk. The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries.
Monkey Park Iwatayama
The entrance to the monkey park can be found just south of the Togetsukyo Bridge. The park is located in the Arashiyama mountains, and it takes about a ten minute hike to reach the area where a lot of monkeys roam freely. There are also nice views down onto the city.
Okochi Sanso Villa
This is the former villa of the popular actor Okochi Denjiro, located in the back of Arashiyama bamboo groves. Okochi Sanso consists of several different gardens and buildings, including living quarters, tea houses and gates. The buildings can be viewed only from the outside.
Ranked among Kyoto Zen Temples, Tenryuji is the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama. Founded in 1339 at the beginning of the Muromach Period, the temple is one of Kyoto’s many Unesco world Heritage. In addition to its temple buildings, there are attractive gardens with walking paths.
Daikakuji is a temple of the Shingon of Japanese Buddhism. Formerly the residence of an emperor, the buildings were converted into a temple in 876. During its history the temple traditionally had members of the imperial family serve as the head priest. Beside the main temple buildings there is a large pond and a pagoda.
Sagano Scenic Railway
The Sagano Scenic Railway runs seven kilometers from Arashiyama to nearby Kameoka, mostly alongside the pretty Hozu River. The trains travel at a maximum speeds of about 25 km/h during their 25 minute journey. As a result it is possible to enjoy the scenery at a relaxed pace.