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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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Tourist filled in November

I went around noon in the 3rd week of November and was surprised to find many tourists, especially in groups visiting this attraction. The peaceful and serene pictures that you... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went around noon in the 3rd week of November and was surprised to find many tourists, especially in groups visiting this attraction. The peaceful and serene pictures that you see online are deceiving! I heard from a friend who went extremely early to get good pictures but we were unable to get a shot without the site of tourists.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was great to see the bamboo forest. It took a while to get there but once we were there it was beautiful. Even better it has some great markets to explore and we even saw some geishas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited in the middle of January while it was snowing very heavily. It was very snowy and icy but we were still able to appreciate the beauty of the forest. It's a quick 15 minute train ride out of Kyoto and only about a 15 minute walk to the forest. There's no clear signage but it's easy enough to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful location next to Kyoto. Could be done in half a day if you are in a hurry. There are a series if beautiful temples and a nice walk through the bamboo forest. The town itself is a never ending series of tourist oriented stores. Nice view of the river. I did not visit the monkey park it maybe fun... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We initially set out to see the famous bamboo grove at Arashiyama but also decided to visit Tenryu-ji shrine, and we were delighted we did so. Touring this beautiful temple/shrine was a truly memorable experience, with impressive gates, sub-temples and other buildings and a lovely main hall looking out onto stunning gardens and the beautiful Sogen Pond. I could have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful day here travelling with two kids 9 and 11. A lovely stroll along the streets seeing the trinkets and food options. We also spent time in the Tenryuji temple and gardens. The temple is like all the temples "beautiful" but if you have been templed out the just go through the gardens as they a lovely.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As I am writing this review, I just look up at the dictionary just for a sake to find the most suitable word to provide some explaination about this place. I just lost and could not even find the right word to express how it feels like. As someone from somewhere where there is no winter, I experience my first... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a bit of a ways out of the city area to get there but worth the trip. You can take a rickshaw ride around different routes in the city however it was a nice sunny day so we walked. The photos we got of the bamboo forest were really spectacular! And just walking around was really enjoyable and relaxing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the most scenic places I had been to in Kyoto. and the walk around Arashiyama, especially along the Togetsu Kyo bridge and the riverbank, makes this place a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first place we went to after arriving in Japan. Definitely breathtaking. If you're short of time, take the rickshaw. I really enjoyed my stroll around the area. There are many stores that you can explore with interesting knick-knacks. I particularly enjoyed the Music Box store, hidden behind the train station. This place is not to be missed.

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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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