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Arashiyama

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Western Kyoto
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Address: Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383, Kyoto Prefecture
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Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge,...

Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden structure. Arishiyama also has Tenryu-ji temple, one of the 14 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.

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Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour With Yakatabune Lunch Cruise
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Arashiyama and Sagano Walking Food Tour

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Swaying bamboo

We visited on a rainy and windy afternoon with the huge bamboos swaying and clacking above us, with odd bright sunbeams shining through - magic! Quite romantic too with lots of... read more

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited on a rainy and windy afternoon with the huge bamboos swaying and clacking above us, with odd bright sunbeams shining through - magic! Quite romantic too with lots of kimono clad young couples in rickshaws and just chattering excitedly around us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went here around mid january of this year. A bit cold specially coming from a tropical country but worth the experience. This was one of the places in our itenirary and i advice others to include it too since it is such a magical place. Took the hankyu railways from umeda station and arrived at the arashiyama stop. Experienced... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is special with it's bamboo forest and trees of cherry blossom flowing river where you can ride a boat controlled by a man with a bamboo pole or hire your own row boat.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We'd seen this amazing photos of the forest and it's all there along with thousands of people. Lot's of noise. Forget quiet contemplation. We found a gate in the fence and we managed to take a photo by literally breaking in...lol either that or photographs of total strangers.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a very nice place to connect with nature. The bamboo trees are amazing. It's 40 minutes by bus from Sanjo but it's worth it

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

arashiyama acctually is an area with many famous place. i've visit the bamboo groves,Ryoan-ji, saiho ji which need reservation and the Togetsukyo bridge, and i took the arashi tourist train(sagano-kanko train) the sight are soooo famous that too many tourist there, especially in the morning, group of group tourist walking in the bamboo groves...... although the sight is very very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A must do - Such a great experience it was to walk through the bamboo forest. Try your best to go early as possible to avoid the rush and to be able to take good pictures, Many tour groups and school tours starts coming after 9am so if you can try and beat the crowed. The JR stop is Saga-Arashiyama... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Enter into the peaceful path of bamboo grove with wide walking pathway surrounded by neatly grown bamboos.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is still highly recommended but due to the high tourist traffic, it's not easy to take a shot without anyone else in it. Plan your timing wisely before visiting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think this would have been gorgeous if you would have very been alone in the forest. But the forest is separated from you with fences and you are almost in a line going through it considering the number of visitors. I am certain you can find a more remote bamboo forest of epic proportions that would be the treat... More 

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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