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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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  • Beautiful scenic town with peaceful bamboo forest. Enjoy a ride in a rickshaw. Shop for local treats. Sit by the river. Stay in a traditional Japanese inn. Eat a kiseki meal with a view of the river.  more »
  • although it was raining and there were a lot of people, the whole experience was very enjoyable. Would I go back again? probably not  more »
  • Arashiyama is one of my favorite places to go when visiting Kyoto. It is a town and district that starts at the base of the city's western hills, designated by Japan as both a Historic Site and...  more »
  • 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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