Top 10 Tourist Attractions & Best Things to Do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most popular places for sightseeing in Japan. Lots of tourists visit every year. From Japan of course, but also you see lots of people from America, Europe and Asia too. Today, we would like to introduce good places in Arashiyama, Kyoto. If you visit Kyoto, please stop by at Arashiyama too. Enjoy!


1. Bamboo forest

1. Bamboo forest

Bamboo forest is famous spot in Kyoto that they come like for school trip. You can feel unusual mood forgetting daily life. The street that is surrounded by green is beautiful.

If you take pictures, you might want to show off by updating on SNS. The sound that bamboo makes is chosen for “Sound you want to keep 100”. If you want to see beautiful view, this place is good to visit.

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Name: Bamboo forest
Address: Ukyo, Kyoto
Access: around Arashiyama station

2. Togetsukyo

2. Togetsukyo

Togetsukyo is a long bridge that is on Katsura river, Kyoto. Lots of tourist from Japan and the world visit to see this view. The mountains behind are very beautiful. In autumn, leaves turn red and they light up so it makes them more beautiful.

In spring, you can see cherry blossoms, in summer, you can see lots of green, so you can enjoy any seasons. If you want to enjoy seasons in Kyoto, we suggest you to visit here.

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Name: Togetsukyo
Address: Ukyo, Kyoto
Access: 4 minutes from Arashiyama station by foot

Map: Map to Togetsukyo

3. Suzumushi temple

3. Suzumushi temple
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You can feel old days of Japan here in Kyoto. Suzumushi temple is one of them. The real name is “Myodokuzan Kegonji”.

In Suzumushi temple, when it is autumn, you can hear chorus of crickets that makes you relax. Even it’s not autumn, you can hear lots of sound. So please visit once.

Even if you don’t like bugs, you should go for seeing a statue that is said making your dream come true. It can make only one dream comes true, so you have to think about it.

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Name: Suzumushi temple
Address: 31 Matsumurojike, Sakyo, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-381-3830
Time: 9:00~17:00
Fee: adult 500 yen, child 300 yen/ with snack
Access: 15 minutes from Arashiyama by Kyoto bus

Website: http://www.suzutera.or.jp/
Map: Map to Suzumushi temple

4. Jinrikisha

4. Jinrikisha

One of the things you want to do to enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto is riding Jinrikisha. It is different from walking, riding a bus or taxi, or train.

A person who pull the car guides you around Arashiyama. They take you to famous spot like bamboo forest or somewhere you won’t find.

“Ebisuya” is a famous company for Jinrikisha. You see this company in Kamakura and Kurashiki too. Especially if this is first time to visit Arashiyama, please try!

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Name: Ebisuya
Address: 3-24 Sagatenryujisusukinobaba, Ukyo, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-864-4444
Time: 9:30~sunset
Access: 7minutes from Arashiyama station by foot

Website: http://ebisuya.com/
Map: Map to Ebisuya

5. Nomiya shrine

5. Nomiya shrine
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Nomiya shrine is a shrine that was written in Genji story. The tori gate is built by the oldest way in Japan. Nowadays, it is known as good luck for relationships, so good place for couple.

After going to main shrine, touch a stone that looks like big turtle that is called “Okame ishi”. It is said your dream comes true within a year.

■Information
Name: Nomiya shrine
Address: 1 Nomiya, Sagano, Ukyo, Kyoto
Time: 9:00~17:00
Fee: free
Access: 10 minutes from Arashiyama station by foot

Website: http://www.nonomiya.com/
Map: Map to Nomiya shrine

 
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6. Trolley

6. Trolley

You can have rare experience by riding trolley. The stations are small that makes you feel old days in Japan. How about enjoying watching the view from Kameoka station to Sagano station?

The trolley is all seats reserved and non smoking. You can buy tickets at stations of JR west Japan and stations of trolley. Please visit!

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Name: Trolley
Address: Trolley Arashiyama station, 4-2 Sagano ogurayama Tabuchi, Ukyo, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-861-7444

Map: Map to Trolley

7. Yojiya café Sagano Arashiyamaten

7. Yojiya café Sagano Arashiyamaten
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Sightseeing is fun but makes you tired. When you want to take a break, stop by at Yojiya café Sagano Arashiyamaten. Lots of women know by the character that is on coffee or sweets. Their oil paper is most famous gift from Kyoto, also they have café.

They have lots of menu. Eating something sweet then walk around Arashiyama again. They also have store next to the café, so you can buy gift too. If you visit Arashiyama, please stop by!

■Information
Name: Yojiya café Sagano Arashiyamaten
Address: 2-13 Saganotenryujitateishi, Ukyo, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-865-2213
Time: 10:00~18:00
Access: 20 minutes from Arashiyama station by foot

Website: http://www.yojiyacafe.com/
Map: Map to Yojiya café Sagano Arashiyamaten

8. Arashiyama shotengai

8. Arashiyama shotengai
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Sometimes it’s hard to choose gift for parents, friends, boyfriend or girlfriend, and coworkers. It is hard to choose at one store when everybody is different. So go to Arashiyama shotengai. It is near Arashiyama station.

There are lots of stores like where you can get anything like cosmetics, Kyoto food and Japanese goods. Also there are lots of stores to eat so you can walk around eating.

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Name: Arashiyama shotengai
Access: 1minute from Arashiyama station by foot

Website: http://www.arashiyama-kyoto.com/

9. Tenryu temple

9. Tenryu temple

Tenryu temple is registered as world heritage. It had been burnt and rebuilt for a long time. Best spot to see is beautiful garden.

There are lots of garden in Kyoto but this is said most beautiful garden that has lots of green. How about relax here for a while?

■Information
Name: Tenryu temple
Address: 68 Saganotenryujisusukinobaba, Ukyo, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-881-1235
Time: 8:30~17:30
Access: 13 minutes from Arashiyama station by foot

Website: http://www.tenryuji.com/
Map: Map to Tenryu temple

10. Arashiyama Monkey park iwatayama

10. Arashiyama Monkey park iwatayama
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In Nara, they have deer. In Kyoto, they have monkeys. At Arashiyama monkey park Iwatayama, you can meet wild Japanese monkeys. Once you enter the park, you see monkeys everywhere. There are about 120 monkeys there.

In spring to summer, you may see baby monkeys. Also it is surrounded by nature so you can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and leaves turning red in autumn.

The monkeys are wild, so be careful when you have food. If you want to be a friend with wild monkey, you should visit!

■Information
Name: Arashiyama monkey park Iwatayama
Address: Arashiyama, Saikyo, Kyoto
Phone: 075-872-0950
Access: 5 minutes from Arashiyama station by foot

Website: http://monkeypark.jp/
Map: Map to Arashiyama monkey park Iwatayama

Let’s enjoy sightseeing in beautiful view in Arashiyama!

There are lots of places you can relax since there are lots of nature in Arashiyama, Kyoto. Spiritual shrine, park with lots of green, and wild animals. If you go to Kyoto for sightseeing, please visit Arashiyama too! How about making great memory?




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