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Arashi-yama is a pleasant, touristy district located in the western part of Kyoto City. The landscape today is still reminiscent of that period. Tenryu-ji Temple, a World Cultural Heritage Site, was established in the 14th century. It is one of the Kyoto-gozan (Five Major Temples of Kyoto), and the garden located there is designated as a special national scenic spot. There are many things to see and do in the Arashiyama area, such as shops, cafes and restaurants are found in the district's busy center around area's landmark Togetsukyo Bridge and Keifuku Arashiyama Station. Togetsu-kyo Bridge spans the Hozu-gawa River at the foot of Mt. Arashi-yama. It is 250 meters long and still retains its 17th century appearance. North of central Arashiyama the atmosphere becomes less touristy and more rural, with several small temples scattered along the base of the wooded mountains.
The area north of the Togetsukyo Bridge is also known as Sagano, while the name "Arashiyama" technically just refers to the mountains on the southern bank of the river but is commonly used to name the entire district. The famous bamboo groves are found in Arashi-yama. The bamboo is still used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes, mats and pieces of art. Another thing to do is taking a boat tour down Hozu River. The river flows through forested valley to urban Kyoto. Alternatively, you can enjoy views of the valley from the Sagano train and can rent a bicycle at the district. Arashiyama is particularly beautiful and busy during the cherry blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
If you'd enjoy a peaceful walk among the bamboo forest, join one our cherry blossom Japan tours and get a taste of Japanese culture.
Famous for its snow monkeys in the winter time
Bridge reconstructed to model after the original bridge in Kyoto
Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Forecast
Iconic temple covered in pure gold leaf
Stunning arrangement of thousands of red torii gates
Panoramic view of Kyoto from the broad wooden veranda
Preciously restored neighborhood filled with traditional Kyoto-esque shops
Famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy