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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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  • Spent a whole day at the many and varied attractions in this area of Kyoto. Particularly liked the monkeys and the raft trip. What makes it all so special are the young Japanese dressed in traditional...  more »
  • Liked Arashiyama very much. Don't miss the "old street" near Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple, nice shops. Travel in March is very much "just before" Cherry blossom so most places were quiet, try to fit thi...  more »
  • We chose this for our first day in Kyoto hoping we could get a feel for the place and meet a local with some knowledge and tips. 'Masa' was an excellent guide and took some really good photo's of us. ...  more »
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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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