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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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  • October 4, 2017
    We went to Arashiyama for the bamboo forest, not realising what a pleasant little town we were about to stumble across. The scenery is impressive, the river is lovely and the town itself quite charmin...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    On all sides, they indicate Arashiyama as an obligatory place to meet in Kyoto. I have visited this place with much expectation, but perhaps too much expectation was that it would not be very happy. Arashiyama is a nice village on the banks of a river and is definitely full of tourists. Its main attractions are the Bamboo Forest, a train scenic which makes a tour short, several temple and a main bridge.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Highly recommend as there were plenty of monkeys to see when we visited. Don't let the walk to the top put you off as there are resting point if you need them and are happy to take your time.  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    This is by far my favourite place in Japan. The serenity and scenery is an absolutely beautiful experience. I loved the weather (went twice in Spring and Winter) and all the shops along the streets. Every restaurant/dessert shop was so very tempting and mouthwatering.
  • March 21, 2017
    This is a very beautiful area that reflects old Japan. It can be very busy because it is home to the Bamboo gardens and a monkey park. We enjoyed the Monkey park (where wild monkeys come to socialize and take snacks). The bamboo forest was beautiful but very crowded. Much of the area is geared towards tourists and there are many restaurants and souvenir shops.
  • June 12, 2017
    The Best thing that you shoud do in there, is bicycling. I extremely suggest you that when you arrive in Here, rent a bicycle first. you can see a lot view and go everywhere. It'so amazing time for me.
  • June 12, 2017
    The most famous bamboo forest in Japan. Need to bring comfortable hiking shoes, umbrella or light rain jacket.
  • May 15, 2017
    Arashiyama is a wonderful place in Koyoto. We rented bicycles near Saga- Arashiyama station. We had a great day. It's recommended for people who like nature.

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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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