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Western Kyoto
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Address: Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-331-0814

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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One of top autumn spot in Kyoto.

Time was end of November. Leaves on mount were also changed the autumn color, like red and yellow. It was very nice bright day. We enjoyed to walk around the area, especially... read more

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Time was end of November. Leaves on mount were also changed the autumn color, like red and yellow. It was very nice bright day. We enjoyed to walk around the area, especially river side. Location is not in the central but easy to get there by train or bus. A lot of tourists are there, honestly we were little tired... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at Arashiyama at Suiran, which was a lovely experience, but would recommend coming her if visiting Kyoto. We loved the Arashiyama Monkey Park, the Bamboo Grove, and thought that Fushimi Inari Shrine was one of our favorite things from 6 weeks in Japan. A must see - do the whole loop all the way up the mountain shrine... More 

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It is nice place, but you really need to go early in the morning. Otherwise, its just too crowded. Also, while walking on the left would be a temple, skip that and take the next one (some green tea place). Subjective, but believe me. have fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Obviously with Kyoto as part of the tour, I was very keen on visiting the famous Bamboo forest. We went as part of a tour group, so we took the easy route with a bus, so I couldn't say how long it would take by public transport, though it is pretty far out west, there is a train station there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There were large crowds of locals and tourists milling in all directions of the bamboo spine. It does not look like in the pictures anymore, with over-grown shrubs and other trees, electricity wires and other clutter obstructing the thick growth of bamboo on the other side of the fence. But after crossing train tracks, we came across a small fenced... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is place where many tourists visit from the inside and outside in the western part of Kyoto year-round. Numerous temples and bamboo groves together with the background mountain ranges make it an attractive sightseeing spot. However, I think that many people close down on the number of tourists. Especially when I say congestion in Togetsu-kyo Bridge.......

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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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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