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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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  • My mother-in-law has bamboo in your garden, and we don't call it bambusal... And honestly, it does not diminish what we have seen today in Arashiyama. A pity not have read the negative comments before :(
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  • We accessed Arashiyama using our JR rail pass from Kyoto station. It is a short journey - about 20 minutes but you feel like you are hours from the city of Kyoto. I suggest that you download a map or ...  more »
  • The place is located in the outskirt of Kyoto and can be reached via JR Line ( The Saga-Arashiyama Station is covered by JR Pass / JR Hokuriku Arch Pass ). After arriving at the station, you need to w...  more »
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  • Lovely bamboo Grove. A must after hectic travel on plane, train, etc. Ideal time to visit is early in the morning to avoid rush. Don't miss the hike atop the hills near the bamboo grove if you like some adventure. And, enjoy watching the monkeys entertain you with their presence on the hill!
  • It is beautiful, but it is filled with tourists like most places. The “forest” is a 5 minute stroll. Do not plan your day around that. The neighborhood nearby is nice as well. Plenty of shops and eateries.
  • "Are those trees really that high?" Is the question you may find yourself asking when you visit. I went during both the afternoon and evening. When its daylight, you're able to see everything, the detail in the tress, and the vastness of it all. During the evening, you can as well, but you're obviously limited due to the sun setting. When the sun was set, I was surprised (and glad) to see that there were still many small shops opened. There are many sweets and souvenirs to choose from.
  • Location and What: Just to the North West of Kyoto lies an enormous amount of nature to be discovered! From the mesmerizing forest, to the Monkey Park, and the famed Bamboo Grove. How to get there: Busses and electric trains arriving from the center of Kyoto serve this attraction, and it takes around 30 minutes to reach this location from city center. Bus will cost you a flat rate of 230yen for adults and 120yen for children. Electric train price will depend on your starting point. The Cons: The main goal of our visit was what draws most people to this part of Kyoto and that was the Bamboo Grove. Although there are countless photos of that area this particular area was kind of a let down. The Grove isn't all that big as one would have thought ( roughly 100m in length). And to realize that only afterwards was a big let down for us. The Pros: The amount of nature and peace around this area is fascinating! The views are breathing! The water is a clean turquoise, and is you venture in to the forest you can see wild monkeys roam the woods! Other observations: - For those visiting the Bamboo Grove it's located on the north bank of the river; - Food and souvenir shops can also be found along the North bank of the river. - if you do not want to hike the mountains and just want to see the monkeys you have two options, go early in the morning (7am) and stroll along the south bank of the river, or go to the Monkey Park, on the south bank of the river (prices are 550yen for adults).
  • Mt. Arashiyama in autumn is truly a majestic sight to behold. The whole mountain covered in hues of contrasting green, red and yellow reflects on the river making the perfect picturesque backdrop. You’ll also find other famous landmarks like the bamboo grove and Togetsu-kyo Bridge. It’s also lined with souvenirs shops and restaurants that you’ll surely enjoy.
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