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Arashiyama

Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-331-0814
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bamboo grove” (410 reviews)
“monkey park” (247 reviews)
“tenryuji temple” (187 reviews)
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Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
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+81 75-331-0814
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I saw this in Lonely Planet's top 500 and having the chance to visit it, I happily went. It's an amazing opportunity, getting "lost" but not in this gorgeous, sun lit path of bamboos, but in your own thoughts. Beautiful.

Thank Emily Gramos G
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is often highly recommended to visitors. The bamboo forest was pretty nice, though not as big as I thought it would be. After visiting the forest, the small shops in the area are nice to go check out - and if the weather...More

Thank Ezra B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We opted for a train ride which passes through the forest and goes on a very scenic route. The walk into the Bamboo Forest was about 40 minutes round trip with the weather today, we would have been hot then soaking wet and hot. The...More

1  Thank bcornell2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here on a very hot and humid day. There were hundreds of others also doing the same things we did. So easy to find your way around. Just follow the crowds. The bamboo grove is rather lovely. Nice and cool to walk through. We...More

Thank Weetbix7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Togetsukyo bridge and the river was beautiful. Our main aim was to find the bamboo forest. Not sure if we had taken a longer route, but it was quite a long walk from the bridge to the bamboo forest. The pictures online look prettier than...More

1  Thank AdelG5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this area! Enjoyed the bamboo forest. Took the little train ride which is advertised as 'romantic'. It is full of young families and tourists..don't worry! 😂 Fun little ride and the the 1 and a half boat ride on 'small rapids' was hilarious. It...More

Thank Catlin T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure at all why this place is so highly regarded by Japan tour books. It was the most overrated place we visited during our recent two-week trip to Japan--small, crowded, and overflowing with selfie-taking tourists. It is maybe worth walking through if you...More

1  Thank 159lukew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Come early to avoid tourist. You'll appreciate this place when quiet and alone. Walking distance from train. Plenty of street food outside. A great a garden located at the top but with a $10 fee.

Thank Kewihiku
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a foreign tourist it's a bit hard to understand why this place os so popular. Went with bicycles from the city center. Ok ride, about 7 km. Best route is along the river. Most of the people come by train. The bamboo forest is...More

Thank Eero-Pekka U
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bamboo forest is just gorgeous and a nice respite from the heat. Don't stop there...take a walk up into the surrounding hills to see the movie stars mansion and the view up to the monastery. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Norma K
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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
...More
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taray83
19 April 2017|
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Response from krstnbrd | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely go for train from kyoto station, it leaves from platforms 31 - 33 in the direction of "Sonobe". It takes max 17 minutes and is a very handy service. I didn't take the bus, but I heard by car it takes 1... More
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trickyPatrickY
10 April 2017|
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Response from gcpradhan1 | Reviewed this property |
Well, if you don't really like crowded places then morning may be the best time for you to visit Arashiyama. It's being Ohanami or cherry blossom season here, so the place is more crowded than usually it is. But be careful... More
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Lili S
22 March 2017|
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Response from Smelltheflower | Reviewed this property |
If you time it right do both. Take the JR train to Kameoka station, walk 5 minutes and change to the Torokko train at Kameoka. It will be a pleasant ride especially during Autumn and Spring time. Look out for a masked... More
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