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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 had a fabulous morning in Arashiyama. From the bamboo grove to UNESCO heritage gardens and temple. Loads to do in the area with some nice coffee shops and restaurants along the Main Street. I would ...  more »
  • Although bit smaller than I thought. Do this as part of a visit to the whole area including the other side of the bridge.  more »
  • The place is very beautiful climbing down a slope, respected posters which is not doing photographs, to not bother animals and for safety. Loose monkeys estanlos above and it is incredible to see them in their habitat freely. Then caregivers allow humans to enter a crate where feeding monkeys with what they sold there (peanut and banana into slices). It is very attractive for those who enjoy animals and the road runs through a beautiful forest. Nature is heard in the morning with fewer people.
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  • very beautiful place. while in Kyoto, it is a must to visit. One recommendation is, after going over Togetsukyo Bridge, take the trail beside the mountain and the river where you can find many ferry boats. at the end of the trail, you will see a secret hidden place: a small beach with some rocks. I love it!
  • Very picturesque, but can get crowded during the day. We visited at about 830am. There were several other tourists at that time but not too many. If you wanna escape the crowd, I recommend visiting in the early morning or in the evening just before sunset. But if you want to see the bamboo grove in the best lighting, you'll have to jostle with the other visitors at midday.
  • Beautiful bamboo grove near Kyoto. Went in early evening and walking through the grove was very peaceful and enjoyable. There is a Soy ice cream place right next to the entrance and serves some amazing Soy ice cream. A must visit when you are in Kyoto.
  • Soft and juicy steaks but small portions. Free refills is nice bonus, rice curry is pretty good. Overall a decent place and evwn better if youre hungry
  • been there last may. quite quiet and have the feel if you come here before 7am... early, but 7am would be the best time to take pics. so try your best to get there as early as possible. based on my experience, it took me about one and half hours to go from north suburban area of osaka to go to arashiyama. forgot which line did i take, but definitely not jr. Good luck and have fun!

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