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Arashiyama, Kyoto

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For centuries a source of respite and escape, Arashiyama offers a glimpse of natural beauty outside of Kyoto. The district has a variety of outdoor activities: visit the Japanese macaques in the monkey park, or take a rowboat out onto the lake. Don't miss the bamboo grove, a gentle uphill trail through densely packed stalks, ending at a historic imperial villa and its surrounding landscaped gardens. To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Spent a whole day at the many and varied attractions in this area of Kyoto. Particularly liked the monkeys and the raft trip. What makes it all so special are the young Japanese dressed in traditional...  more »
  • Liked Arashiyama very much. Don't miss the "old street" near Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple, nice shops. Travel in March is very much "just before" Cherry blossom so most places were quiet, try to fit thi...  more »
  • We chose this for our first day in Kyoto hoping we could get a feel for the place and meet a local with some knowledge and tips. 'Masa' was an excellent guide and took some really good photo's of us. ...  more »
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  • Great place to visit only early in the morning when no one else is around. Even though you might think, it’s just bamboo? There is something magical about this place. A sea of bamboo lined up, and green all around. You will not regret visiting this place. The overall distance will take no longer than a 15 minute walk from start to finish and the area is well lit up with sun rays creeping in between the bamboo. I think if you enjoy photography, then this is the place to be! Just make sure you leave early to beat the footfall coming in around 9AM. Once you leave the forest, ask one of the taxi drivers who wait at the exit for the viewpoint of the ravine below. DO NOT take the bait of getting into their taxi for a drive to the viewpoint as it is only a 10 minute walk on a inclined road. Once you reach this view-point, you can see the ravine below and the area is normally free of the tourists. It’s a nice spot to have lunch and to just relax a little. Overall, make sure you wear comfortable shoes, wear a lot of insect repellent and make lunch to go!
  • The park and hike up the hill was nice. There were restrooms every few meters which was great because it was something I was worried about after coffee. The views by the riverbank were breathtaking on a humid and cloudy day. I was there when it was raining which was cool and you could see fog rolling up the hills which was quite amazing. The downsides are that once you get to the bamboo path it’s a bit more of a tourist attraction than I had anticipated. Too many people (and umbrellas crashing) around 9:30-11am. You literally can’t take a good picture because of how busy it is but that’s expected. The shops were priced higher than in other areas because of the tourism, even for just water. I felt slightly let down by how thin the forest was and how many of the trees were cut-down towards the end of the walk, which wasn’t very long - about 15 minutes. I’m sure there is a reason for it. There was also the sound of machines which kind of took away from the peaceful silence. It’s still exciting to see all the bamboo though if you’ve never seen it before. The area is beautiful. Also, the path spits you out right by a station which was cool.
  • This place is very near to Kyoto and this place can be reached by bus or by train. Nice green surroundings with Bamboo trees, the river is a beautiful place and to walk along the Riverside is always a pleasure. Best time for leisure. Good food is also available here to relish. Good Hotels are also available nearby to this place for night stay.
  • Really beautiful and serene walk amongst the bamboo trees. You can see the light filter through the bamboo. It is green all around. It is not usually crowded so you can be with your own thoughts. Really recommend a day trip here if you are in Kyoto.
  • Another famous place and must visit activity. Be where early- as early as 8am onwards to enjoy the peace and the surroundings before the tourist crowds arrive and you can’t even take a picture without a clean background. There are lots of places to walk thereafter, traditional streets, quite local houses that are just so nice, lots more walking paths. Then after the long walks, head back to town, the Main Street leading to the bridge to monkey park- plenty of shops, food and snacks!
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