Neighborhood in Kyoto:

Arashiyama

About Arashiyama

Arashiyama, a scenic area, is located in the western suburbs of Kyoto. In the Heian era, it was the home of aristocratic decadence. Now, when standing on the Togetsukyo Bridge, you can hear the murmuring flow of Guichuan. Stop and imagine the boats of past aristocrats rippling in the Weir River, appreciate the beauty of changing scenery throughout the year, and step back a millennium. As one of the Holy Lands for sakura and maple, Arashiyama attracts a large number of visitors in spring and autumn. The tickets for the Sagano small train are often difficult to obtain. Summer and winter are the best times to visit if you prefer the quiet. However, each season lends a different charm. In addition, Arashiyama has a lot of ancient temples and shrines such as the World Heritage Site Tenryu-ji Temple, the Nonomiya Shrine with its black birds, and the Kannoji Temple, which was shown in ‘The Tale of the Heike’. There is also Kyoto's most classic bamboo hedge hut landscape, with many Japanese grocery stores, fruit shops and light food stores. It is a great place to slow down and enjoy the journey.

Sights in Arashiyama

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Katsura Imperial Villa

Dating back to 1645, Katsura Imperial Villa is set amidst a Japanese garden. Free tours of Katsura Imperial Villa are held several times daily (Japanese only).

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Ninna-ji Temple

Ninna-ji Temple is one of the many great temples in Kyoto which are listed as World Heritage Sites.

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Ryoan-ji Temple (Kyoto)

This temple is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, which attracts hundreds of visitors every day.

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Myoshin-ji Temple (Taizo-in)

Located in the northwest of Kyoto, Taizo-in is the oldest sub-temple of the Myoshin-ji Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple.

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Saiho-ji Temple (Koke-dera)

Saiho-ji Temple, also known as Koke-dera or Moss Temple, is a Unesco World Heritage Site in Kyoto.

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Tenryu-ji Temple

Founded in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji, this temple is dedicated to Emperor Go-Daigo. Tenryu-ji, officially known as Tenryu Shiseizen-ji, is the

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Bamboo Alley

Bamboo Alley (also known as the Bamboo Groves) in Arashiyama is a popular place to stroll or cycle around.

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Daikaku-ji Temple

Located in western Kyoto, Daikaku-ji Temple is a Shingon Buddhist temple, and headquarters of the Saga Goryu school of ikebana. The site was originally a reside

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Myoshin-ji Temple

This large temple complex in northwestern Kyoto includes about 50 sub-temples in addition to its main buildings. Myoshin-ji Temple is known as one of Japan's le

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JR Arashiyama Station

A lot of people visit Arashiyama to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall. Arashiyama is a nationally-designated Historic Site and Place of

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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is famous for the numerous moss-covered statues that occupy its ground.

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Sagano Hot Spring Tenzan-No-Yu

Indoor/outdoor soaking and warming; sauna; massage; private stone bathtubs full of herbal infusions from the Japanese alps.

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Kurumazaki Jinja Shrine

Located in Arashiyama, this small shrine is famous for its sub-shrine, the Geino Jinja Shrine, where professionals from the entertainment industry come to pray.

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Daizen

Daizen is a popular sushi restaurant in Arashiyama.

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Rokuoin Temple

Rokuoin Temple is located in Arashiyama. Inside the Zen temple there is also accommodation for women. A basic understanding of the Japanese language is recommen

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Togetsukyo Bridge

Togetsukyo Bridge is a popular spot for sightseeing in Arashiyama.

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Onkashi-tsukasa Tsuruya Kotobuki

Onkashi-tsukasa Tsuruya Kotobuki is a wagashi (traditional Japanese confectioneries) shop specializing in sakuramochi, a rice cake wrapped in salted sakura or c

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Randen (Arashiyama Station)

Arashiyama Station is a beautifully decorated train station located in Kyoto.

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Sagano Scenic Railway (Sagano Romantic Train)

This railway takes its passengers on a picturesque train journey through the mountains between Saga and Kameoka. Also known as Sagano Romantic Train or Sagano T

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Hirokawa

Established in 1967, a traditional eel (Unagi in Japanese) restaurant located in Arashiyama, Kyoto.

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Kyoto Kitcho (Arashiyama)

Indulge yourself in the freshest seasonal food in the exquisite scenery of Arashiyama.

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Henjyo-ji Temple

Henjyo-ji Temple is an ancient temple originally built in 989.

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Nonomiya Jinja Shrine

Nonomiya is the shrine that most people go to for luck in love and eduction!

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Toei Kyoto Studio Park

The Toei Uzumasa Eigamura is a film set and theme park in one. Essentially a small town from the Edo Period, the park features a collection of various tradition