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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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  • We only thought this was just a massive forest with bamboo and that's all it was, but we were wrong. We saw a beautiful lake from atop a lookout and went for a boat ride as there were boats you could....  more »
  • There are hundreds of authentic Kansai region street food on the main road in Arashiyama like products of sweet potato, fried patty (ミンチかつ) and Japanese croquette. The famous trial which was...  more »
  • If you want to benefit from the premium air quality and the amazing sun-rise scene you can witness from this amazing forest? Rise up early in the morning. I visited thus place early morning around...  more »
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  • This is one of my best tour ever, Since i love nature. The place is cool , I was amazed by the gardens... Bamboo forest, really beautiful. The swing of the bamboos are so relaxing to the ear...
  • Very popular tourist place on the outskirts of Kyoto but well worth a visit. Try going during fall when you can see autumn leave cookouts rivaling that of Vermont. I loved the traditional kimonos that so many visitors wore.
  • Very beautiful scenic regions. Can totally understand why noble families in japan in the past chose here for vacation. We went here during winter so it’s not the best time for the Mable leaves and spring blossoms but still it’s a very beautiful place.
  • A short bus ride from downtown Kyoto, I highly recommend going out here even just for a chance to be in nature for a day. Highlights include the bamboo forest and togetsukyo bridge. The bamboo forest is really a short dirt trail cordoned off in the middle of the forest. This place can get packed as it is an excellent photo opportunity so come here early before the rush. There is a monkey park here but was not really worth the time or money but you will walk by it going from the bamboo forest to the bridge
  • Wonderful place to visit with lots of different walk ways to explore. I enjoyed walking around the well kept area for around 2 hours but I could have spent a bit longer as there were a lot of gardens and shrines in the area. It was a great adventure and I would highly recommend it

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