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  • Address: Arashiyama
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

For classic Kyoto in a nutshell, head to Arashiyama Park. The perennially popular area is rich in temples and a riot of fall colors in November, with pink cherry blossoms in April.

The park area embraces several major sights, including Tenryu-ji Temple, founded in 1339. The main temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism, Tenryu-ji is a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by tranquil Zen gardens and bamboo forest.

There are many other temples in Arashiyama, including the Gio-ji, Jojakko-ji and Daikaku-ji temples. Another highlight is walking across the Moon Crossing Bridge, with views over to Mt Arashiyama.

Practical Info

Arashiyama Park is north-west of central Kyoto, by the Oi River. Buses run to Arashiyama from the city center, and the closest train station is JR Saga Arashiyama.

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Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour With Yakatabune Lunch Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Find yourself surrounded by scenic landscapes on this 5-hour walking tour and river cruise in Arashiyama, a top destination in Kyoto. After a ride on the JR ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Stroll through dense bamboo groves to hidden mountain temples and discover centuries of Japanese heritage on this 4-hour Arashiyama and Sagano walking tour. ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.17

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Varies

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