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Mar 22, 2017
Arashiyama (嵐山) is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. I have heard so far about its famous for its Sagano Romantic Train ride. Visiting during spring for its cherry blossoms or autumn for the brilliant colors of its maple leaves is a must!
There are many places to visit in Kyoto but you can’t really miss Arashiyama and I want to visit it ALL , then I have only half day to visit Arashiyama and will show you what you can’t really miss it when you are there!
Starting my trip from Kameoka Torokko Station. It was my very first time travelling in Sakura Season in Kyoto. The ticket is 620 Yen per adult per way. You can buy ticket at the station by cash and I recommend you to buy a seat at Bogie No.5 which is an open-air bogie and you can enjoy the beautiful view of Hozugawa Ravine from season to season while you take Sagano Romantic train, approximately 7.3km of the ways is lined with elegant wild cherry blossoms.
How to get there : You can access Arashiyama either by bus or train but for my trip, I started at Kameoka Torokko Station where is only 10-min walk from JR Umahori Station. The romantic train trip will take about 25 mins and train will depart from Kameoka Torrokko Station every hour from 9.00-16.00hrs. The price is 620 Yen per adult per way.
We got out of the train when the train arrived Arashiyama Torokko Station because it’s where the Bamboo Groove locates. Walking into this extensive bamboo grove is like entering another world – the bamboo pathway is arching along the way, as far as eye can see.
How to get there : Get out of the train when it arrives Arashiyama Torokko Station. Only 500 meter walk from the station, you will arrive the bamboo forest. There are the guideposts all the way.
After a long walk from Bamboo Groove, you will see the entrance of Tenryu-ji Temple on your right hand. The highlight of Tenryu-ji Temple that you can’t miss is The Hyakkaen garden where you can take photos with the many cherry blossom trees and another highlight of Tenryuji Temple is its hanchi or square entrance pond filled with lotus flowers.
It was founded on 1339 by Ashikaga Takauji, and in 1994, it is registered as A UNESCO World Heritage site. Tenryuji is the head temple of the Tenryu sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism and is ranked first among Kyoto's top five Zen temples
How to get there : You can access this temple in both way by walking from Bamboo grove or access from the main street of Arashiyama.
After a long walking from Bamboo Grove through Tenryu-ji Temple, you may need to have some ice cream to cool down your trip. You can’t miss Tofu x Matcha ice cream. Trust me!
How to get there : After you exit Tenryu-ji Temple, Arashiyama Main Street will be opposite to the temple. You will see a lot of shops along the street.
Only 50 meters from Arashiyama Main Street, you will see Togetsukyo Bridge (as known as Moon Crossing Bridge), the wooden bridge spans the Katsura River in front of Arashiyama Mountain, offering incredible views.
Here’s my half day trip to Arashiyama. If you have a full schedule, just follow my plan and you won’t be regret with it