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Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge (2/6)
Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge (3/6)
Rickshaws in Arashiyama (4/6)
Arashiyama's Bamboo Groves (5/6)
Tenryu-ji Garden in Arashiyama (6/6)


Where locals enjoy peace and nature




Arashiyama, meaning the storm mountain, is a touristic district located at the western outskirts of Kyoto, which is nationally designated as Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. Popularized among local noblemen during the Heian Period due to its fantastic natural setting, it's nowadays a very popular destination among Japanese tourists, especially during the cherry blossom and autumn color seasons.

Togetsukyo bridge is Arashiyama's iconic landmark, offering scenic views of the Katsura River and the slopes of Mt.Arashiyama. Although the original construction was from the Heian Period, (794-115) the current bridge is a reconstruction dating from the 1930s. The bridge can be crossed by pedestrians as well as vehicles.

One of the most authentic ways of visiting the Arashiyama area is by riding a traditional rickshaw. During the ride, the puller will explain interesting facts and curiosities about the local areas which don't appear in any commercial travel guide. International tourists are usually welcomed by pullers with some english skills.

Bamboo Groves


A splendid bamboo grove stands behind the Tenryuji Temple, surrounding a narrow trail that leads to the Nonomiya shrine and the Okochi Sanso Villa and providing a unique atmosphere to walk around. The sound of the wind blowing through the bamboo canes has been voted as one of the "hundred must be preserved sounds of Japan".


500¥ 8:30 - 17:30

Tenryu-ji is considered as one of "Kyoto's Five Great Zen Temples" and is designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1994. The Temple was founded in 1339 by the ruling Shogun, Ahikaga Takauji, to venerate Gautama Buddha and its construction was completed by 1345. The buildings however were lost to fire in several occasions throughout history and most of the present structures date from the end of the relatively modern Meiji Period (early 1900's).

Tenryu-ji is best known for its excellent and ancient landscape garden which, unlike the temple's buildings, has survived during centuries and remains in its original form. The garden was created by the renown garden designer Muso Soseki and features a circular layout around a large pond which is nationally designated as "Special Place of Scenic Beauty".


Saga-Arashiyama Station
JR Sagano Line Railpass

Arashiyama Station
Bus no. 11,93


All of the main attractions of Arashiyama are located near Arashiyama bus strop or can be reached within a 10 minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama train station. It is recommended arriving by train in order to avoid traffic jams, especially during weekends.

The whole area can be explored on foot, by rental bike or riding a Rickshaw.