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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. Our Kyoto tour planner makes visiting Arashiyama and other Kyoto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Start exploring the bamboo forest Arashiyama! Rent a bicycle at the station as far as bamboo! It was so good! Many people recommend for bike down, oshimashou!
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  • August 17, 2017
    It feels fantastic and unusual vacation memories. From togetsu-Kyo, often look for gate fire. I felt more solemn, and thought he was seemed as just a Festival tourist tourists inn keeper, but still speaking of summer events in Kyoto and this is it.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The best tip I can give ... GO EARLY ! Bus loads will appear at the usual tourist times, between 1030am - 330pm. The path when you get to the bamboo in the mornings is really peaceful, and its a short...  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    This is by far my favourite place in Japan. The serenity and scenery is an absolutely beautiful experience. I loved the weather (went twice in Spring and Winter) and all the shops along the streets. Every restaurant/dessert shop was so very tempting and mouthwatering.
  • March 21, 2017
    This is a very beautiful area that reflects old Japan. It can be very busy because it is home to the Bamboo gardens and a monkey park. We enjoyed the Monkey park (where wild monkeys come to socialize and take snacks). The bamboo forest was beautiful but very crowded. Much of the area is geared towards tourists and there are many restaurants and souvenir shops.
  • June 12, 2017
    The Best thing that you shoud do in there, is bicycling. I extremely suggest you that when you arrive in Here, rent a bicycle first. you can see a lot view and go everywhere. It'so amazing time for me.
  • June 12, 2017
    The most famous bamboo forest in Japan. Need to bring comfortable hiking shoes, umbrella or light rain jacket.
  • May 15, 2017
    Arashiyama is a wonderful place in Koyoto. We rented bicycles near Saga- Arashiyama station. We had a great day. It's recommended for people who like nature.

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