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The Arashiyama Hanatouro "light-up" is a visually stunning festival held in the chill of December. Spotlights and lanterns are set out to illuminate Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge, and the foothills of the surrounding mountains. The enchanted glow...more
This place will never get bored. Been here 4th time and still charmed and wooed me time and again. Arashiyama is different every time - Summer and winter, day and night, wind and windless, are distinctly different and hence it is worth visiting this UNESCO...More
We specifically chose this period to visit Kyoto, just to coincide with Kyoto Hanatouro December 2016. However, the dates for the festival were not released till much later, but we were lucky that we will be in Kyoto just on the last day of the...More
generally i do not like to use artificial lights to light up a place of nature but this one looks lovely.. besides if they dont light it up it'll be too dark.. i happened to be there on their last day of lighting up in...More
I visited Arashiyama during the evening time, and took part in the Hanatouro tour. It was lovely visiting Arashiyama at that time as I got to see the night illumination and took part in a stamp rally. It was also wonderful to view the bamboo...More
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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.