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.