Arashiyama

Arashiyama, Kyoto: Address, Arashiyama Reviews: 4.5/5

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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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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
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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Louie Boracay
Boracay, Philippines100 contributions
I love the bamboo forest
Oct 2020 • Couples
The walking is so worth it you are able to experience walking in the bamboo forest and then we ride Rickshaw The place is very clean though it’s there a lot of people there but the atmosphere is amazing it’s definitely a must try experience if ever you visotArashiyama.
Written 1 September 2021
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Srikanth
Toronto, Canada54 contributions
Touristy yet unique
Sep 2020
With huge bamboo plants towering along the path either side of the path the experience is just unique. Yes very touristy and crowded but I felt worth the day's trip.
Visited Oct2018.
If time permits veer off the path and walk along the little streets before or after the bamboo garden visit, for a common life perspective
Written 21 August 2021
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Rasmus Nilsson
1 contribution
One of the most overrated parks in Japan
Jul 2020
I am a big nature lover who comes from Sweden. As such, this doesn't give me a true nature feeling at all. You're walking on a big asphalt path and can't really enter the forest. It's also rather small, I think we walked through most of it in 10-15 minutes. It's basically not much more than what you can see in this picture.
One positive thing: I really liked the area "Arashiyama" it had a real historic feeling despite the park being super-overrated
Written 16 June 2021
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Andy L
Irvine, CA60 contributions
Early Morning Visit
Dec 2020 • Friends
We visited the bamboo forest on a sunny early morning for winter (8 am). It was a quiet walk with few people. The walk to the temple whose name I forgot was very nice. On a sunny day, you can see sun beams coming through the bamboo. It is outside the city of Kyoto, which requires a 30-45 min train ride to arrive. I would recommend going to Kinkaku after the visit to Arashiyama or vice versa, given that both must visit attractions are outside Kyoto and that a bus ride can take you from one to the other.
Written 2 May 2021
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Julene A
Minato, Japan17 contributions
Worth the trip
Oct 2020 • Family
Beautiful scenic town with peaceful bamboo forest. Enjoy a ride in a rickshaw. Shop for local treats. Sit by the river. Stay in a traditional Japanese inn. Eat a kiseki meal with a view of the river.
Written 27 March 2021
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FishBKK4
Bangkok, Thailand159 contributions
Spectacular
Nov 2019
although it was raining and there were a lot of people, the whole experience was very enjoyable. Would I go back again? probably not
Written 29 October 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ10,917 contributions
Historic and Beautiful
Oct 2019
Arashiyama is one of my favorite places to go when visiting Kyoto. It is a town and district that starts at the base of the city's western hills, designated by Japan as both a Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. My most recent trip here occurred in October 2019 when I took a traveling companion to see the area. We started at the Arashiyama end station for the Keifuku Randen Tram Line, a fun way to travel through neighborhoods that most tourists don't see.

This station features a stunning art installation, known as the Kimono Forest. The work displays 600 cylinder-shaped poles with traditionally dyed textile pieces, protected by transparent coverings. The poles cluster close together and flank a curving path, giving the impression of walking in the forest.

Temples and shrines abound. Tenryuji, a zen temple dating back to 1339 and a World Heritage Site, is perhaps the most interesting. We went through this temple's beautiful garden and walked to the North gate to exit and enter the nearby Bamboo Grove. It features soaring thick stalks on both sides of a broad walking path. Just off the grove sprawls Okochi-Sanso Villa, where the famous silent film actor Denjiro Okochi lived and where the grounds may be visited for an admission fee.

A monkey park exists in Arashiyama as well as the iconic Togetsu-Ko Bridge and the opportunity to watch cormorant fishing. Rental boats and bicycles are available. Restaurants, fast food and souvenir shops line the town's main street.

As Arashiyama is an extremely popular tourist attraction, I recommend coming here early on a weekday when the crowds have yet to form. Based on experience, try to avoid a weekend visit.
Written 28 September 2020
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont6,473 contributions
Stay overnight for a different experience
Nov 2019
We have visited here many times. For our November 2019 visit, we decided we would stay for 3 nights to be fully immersed in the place.

One advantage of staying for several nights is that you have a lot of freedom to decide where to go and when to go. You can check out the crowds, the weather, and, in our case, the state of play of the foliage. Day trippers are encouraged to come early to avoid the crowds - if you spend the night, it is very easy to do this and the first hour or so of the morning you almost have the area to yourself. Another advantage of staying overnight is you don’t feel rushed to see everything possible in one day; you can spend time walking the back streets and neighborhoods to get a feel for the place and not just rush through the tourist hot spots. We found a few small neighborhood temples which were very peaceful and were likely never visited by many tourists.

One disadvantage of staying overnight is that most restaurants close early. We self-catered for 2 of the 3 nights, taking a very long walk to the supermarket from our hotel to stock up for 2 evening meals so we could cook in our hotel suite’s microwave. The hotel staff could not believe that we walked the distance from the hotel to the Fresco Saga Supermarket and back, but we did.

Stay overnight, even for one night if you can, it’s worth it.
Written 11 September 2020
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The GeesTravel
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
Touristy Place
Jan 2020
Located about 25mins from center of Kyoto. A place where a lot of bamboos.
Touristy place.
We went in around 2pm, where there number of people along the road.

I guess it be good to visit early in the morning, where less crowd. And can enjoy the great view of bamboos.
Written 2 September 2020
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Jodiejones
Crawley, England, United Kingdom38 contributions
Like a dream
Oct 2019 • Couples
Incredible! Visiting the bamboo grove was by far our favourite day in Kyoto. If you want nice photos I recommend going there very early. We arrived around 6.30am and it was beautiful. There were not too many people there however when it got to around 8am the crowds started gathering.
Written 26 August 2020
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