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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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On our last trip to Japan we had visited the Bamboo Forest late in the day and with only a short time to see it. This time I was keen to see it again and spend more time looking... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On our last trip to Japan we had visited the Bamboo Forest late in the day and with only a short time to see it. This time I was keen to see it again and spend more time looking. It is a magnificent Bamboo Forest with the light shinning through the bamboo giving great photo opportunities - that's if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The bamboo forest is just one of the main attractions at Arashiyama. There are quite a few things to do and see in this area so make sure you give yourself enough time to explore. We arrived pretty late in the afternoon and could not rent a bike as the rental service ends at about 3.30pm and you would need... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited from Kyoto and ha s a nice day. The bamboo forest is smaller than we expected. This is nice but not a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the nice nieghbourhood with plenty of small shops, exquiste Japanese cuisines, gift shops with all kinds of candies and pancakes on the main road, small neighborhood stores selling local stuff further away from the main street. The bamboo forest is too touristy but still not too crowded on my day of visit. The rickshaw ride was excellent for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the most scenic places in Kyoto. I always go to Arashiyama every time I'm in Kyoto. One could easily spend a day or two here. Start off the day by heading towards the bamboo forest. There are few or almost no one in the forest during mornings. Up next is the Togetsukyo bridge. Visit Tenryu-ji the moment it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is 1 of the must visit attractions in Kyoto. This is my 2nd time came to Kyoto within 5 years and I only managed to come here in my second visit. Really worth the long walk. Visit the place with my family of 13 members including my parent, parent in law, my just 2yrs old son & my 58days... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an easy stroll along a very good path through the Bamboo forest. The atmosphere is very calm and majestic. Sounds corny.... but the colors and views of such tall lush green plants is very memorable. We did this walk in the morning and then walked down to and along the river back through town very easy to get... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great photo spot at bamboo grove! If you like to explore all attraction of Arashiyama, be sure to schedule a full day trip. Recommended: Bamboo Grove, Monkey Park, Togetsukyo Bridge, Tenryuji Temple, Seiryō-ji, Romantic Train, Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Bamboo forest is one of the most amazing scenes I have every seen. The whole area is so lovely and a must see in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great half day along with Kinkakuji and Ryoanji. Take the Sagano JR Line to JR Sage Arashiyama and take the South exit. Follow the signs west for walk a short walk to the Bamboo grove which gets very busy. The walk through the tall bamboo grove loops around and there are various little groves and so while the most impressive... 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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