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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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  • I think it worth visiting that place in autumn or spring. I went there in the beginning of February and i was really disappointed, especially with bamboo groove. I just wasted time to get there. Bambo...  more »
  • Beautiful autumn red and yellow leaves and arashiyama lake! Autumn is best season to visit. Bamboo forest was crowded, so better visit early in the morning, between 6-7am  more »
  • The autumn leaves were beautiful, but there were a lot of tourists, and there was not much traffic arrangement, and there was always a crammed impression. If possible, we recommend that you visit early in the morning and move before the crowds increase.
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  • A must if you're in Kyoto. The streets leading up to the bamboo grove are full of shops offering souvenirs and local delicacies. You can try some pretty interesting street snacks. The scenery is pretty amazing walking through the grove except I didn't think it's as thick as what all the pictures on the Web depict. Be prepared to spend half a day meandering thorough here to really enjoy the whole experience.
  • Great place to visit and stroll around if you are visiting Kyoto. A beautiful place to explore and soak up all the green vibes! I would try to go early during the day to avoid the traffic and the mass crowds!
  • For me, Arashiyama is not only about the bamboo trees but rather the calming experience I felt as we walked around. Indeed, the bamboos were amazingly nice and gives a feeling of good vibes coz it sways with the wind but the walking part where we get to see houses, shops, tried other food, pass the bridge, hear the sound of water and many more makes this trip to Arashiyama one for the books! If only I know how to ride a bike then my happiness will be twice!
  • Arashiyama was one of my favourite experiences for my stay in Kyoto. The walk up the hill to the monkeys was lovely with superb views of the mountains surrounding us and the beautiful river below. The monkeys were a hoot and it seemed to be well organised. But the best by far was the romantic train.....what a joy!
  • A perfect place if you want to experience what Japan is like in the old days. The series of shops and cafe's are also interesting and beautiful. The street foods and snacks offered by the different stalls are all delicious and beautifully designed. The bridge, the houses and everything around it is truly amazing. I really love the vibe that it is giving off. I could literally just sit there and watched the day go by. It is one of the top places to visit when you're in Kyoto or even in Japan. Would love to come back in the near future.
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