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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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  • Most tourists come to this place to take photos. Our first attempt was to walk around and try the food especially the ice cream which is worth to taste it. Ice cream in Japan is comparable to Hagendas...  more »
  • We used JR to Arashiyama from Kyoto Central and went to Kameoka as final destination because we intended to go by the Romantic Train - which, unfortunately, does not start here but in Umahori. Thus, a...  more »
  • The beauty of sunset. Next to the coffee Arabica even if waiting until the deadline is 18:00. delicious. But there are a lot of people really.
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  • Really Spectacular! Very Nice to see. Worth every minute. Town near it is also nice. Accessible by train. Convenient. SAD you can't go running around inside the jungle.
  • Great place to visit only early in the morning when no one else is around. Even though you might think, it’s just bamboo? There is something magical about this place. A sea of bamboo lined up, and green all around. You will not regret visiting this place. The overall distance will take no longer than a 15 minute walk from start to finish and the area is well lit up with sun rays creeping in between the bamboo. I think if you enjoy photography, then this is the place to be! Just make sure you leave early to beat the footfall coming in around 9AM. Once you leave the forest, ask one of the taxi drivers who wait at the exit for the viewpoint of the ravine below. DO NOT take the bait of getting into their taxi for a drive to the viewpoint as it is only a 10 minute walk on a inclined road. Once you reach this view-point, you can see the ravine below and the area is normally free of the tourists. It’s a nice spot to have lunch and to just relax a little. Overall, make sure you wear comfortable shoes, wear a lot of insect repellent and make lunch to go!
  • went there ~3PM. not crowded at all and the breezy weather was perfect. i walked until the sagano romantic train station (forget the name of the station). didn't ride the train, but really had a nice walk inside the small forest. I stayed until 5PM and it was enough to enjoy the forest :)
  • Nice area but packed with tourists. Though a bit far from the centre, it is worth the journey. The so-called "romantic" train is a let down. One way costs 620¥ and lasts 25 minutes but make sure you book a bit in advance (same day ok) otherwise you cannot sit down. Also there is a train every hour only so I recommend you book that first thing. Allocate some time to walk around (the monkey park is said to be nice) then hop on the train. No need for a return journey (unless you want to) as you can take the metro back to the centre upon arrival.
  • The park and hike up the hill was nice. There were restrooms every few meters which was great because it was something I was worried about after coffee. The views by the riverbank were breathtaking on a humid and cloudy day. I was there when it was raining which was cool and you could see fog rolling up the hills which was quite amazing. The downsides are that once you get to the bamboo path it’s a bit more of a tourist attraction than I had anticipated. Too many people (and umbrellas crashing) around 9:30-11am. You literally can’t take a good picture because of how busy it is but that’s expected. The shops were priced higher than in other areas because of the tourism, even for just water. I felt slightly let down by how thin the forest was and how many of the trees were cut-down towards the end of the walk, which wasn’t very long - about 15 minutes. I’m sure there is a reason for it. There was also the sound of machines which kind of took away from the peaceful silence. It’s still exciting to see all the bamboo though if you’ve never seen it before. The area is beautiful. Also, the path spits you out right by a station which was cool.
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