7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto
If you are visiting Kyoto, we suggest that you must not miss the district of Arashiyama.


Arashiyama is one of the most visited locations in all of Kyoto prefecture and has gained popularity for its beautiful mountain views. In fact, it is nationally known as the official “Place of Scenic Beauty” which is a title not many places in Japan get. This place is perfect for tourists, especially during the spring and autumn season. During the spring time, a number of tourists visit the region because of the beautiful display of cherry blossoms. Furthermore, the trees surrounding the district is even more popular during the fall season because of its romantic, warm hues of orange, brown, yellow, and red.

Most of the tourist attractions in Arashiyama are enjoyable nature trips. They all involve hikes, trails, and nature. This is why it is best to understand the Arashiyama map so it is easy to go to certain locations around the region. It would be best to go to your hotel’s reception desk to ask for a map around the city.

Mainland Arashiyama is home to the Bamboo grove and the Tenryuji. It is also home to temples such as the Rinsen-hi and the Hogon-in temple. Some of these temples are known to honor mice, bull, and other animals. At around the southern area of the region lies the Hibari Misora Museum and the Music Box Museum. The Togetsukyo bridge connects the mainland Arashiyama to a small island known as the Nakanoshima park.

The entire area is interconnected by trails and walkways. A full enjoyable trip that could last for hours – the Arashiyama region is worth every sweat and calorie burnt. Not only is the place a great place to enjoy nature, the trip is also a great way to lose weight!




Appreciate nature in Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

This place has been considered as one of the most enjoyable sights not only in Arashiyama but in all of Kyoto. It has a nature trail whose both sides are filled with towering bamboo. A rich trail of luscious green which makes any visitor feel as if they are in another world. According to a number of reports, this particular tourist destination is one of the most photographed spots in all of Kyoto. It is not like an experience of any other forest in the world, it gives out a feeling of freshness and newness adding to its popularity.

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

This attraction is most popular during the spring and summer seasons when the temperature is perfect for a slow, yet enjoyable, stroll around the grove. It is also during this time that soft winds make the bamboo slowly sway creating an even more serene vibe in the area. Riding bikes through the grove are also encouraged.

This particular attraction in Arashiyama has only one trail or path that slowly goes uphill leading to the Okochi-Sanso Villa. This villa is the former villa of an actor named Okochi Denjiro and is home to a variety of tea houses and gardens. However, entry to the buildings is not allowed.

However, recently it was observed that many tourists have leave their marks, vandalizing the bamboos along the path, which many Kyotonites became upset. So be mindful of your surroundings, and be patient on extra measures that the management will imposed. Never leave your marks because it is unethical.







Take your trip to the Togetsukyo Bridge

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

A name that literally translates to “Moon Crossing Bridge”, this particular structure is the most important tourist destination in all of the Arashiyama. It was built as a wooden bridge in 794 during the Heian period making it more than 400 years old. In the 1930s, the bridge has been redeveloped into its concrete and steel structure that it is.

What makes this particular structure special, other than its age and role in history, is the view that it gives to its passengers. There is a forested mountainside on the background with luscious cherry trees on the river side. During the late spring season, the view of the cherry flowers is romantic and enjoyable. A lot of people stop by at this place during the Hanami celebrations.

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

The bridge is so iconic that there had been numerous shows and films throughout the years that used it as a setting. A number of people also visit this place because of the enjoyable activity of feeding koi living in the river.

One very interesting tradition done in Kyoto is the initiation and blessing of local children. It is believed that young girls and boys are blessed by the local temple and are made to walk across the bridge. If any of these kids look back, it is believed that it will bring them bad luck.






Arashiyama Monkey Park

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

At the south of the Togetukyo bridge is the Arashiyama monkey park. A short hike uphill will lead to a large open area home to hundreds of monkeys freely roaming in the area. Before entering the park, there is a traditional torii gate at the entrance. There is also a shrine located near the park’s gates.

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Although touching the monkeys are not allowed, having them around makes the entire trip enjoyable. They are Japanese Macaques or snow monkeys. They are often seen lounging around hot springs in the area. The most enjoyable time to visit would be the feeding time at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM where most of the monkeys hiding in caves and groves will come out.

Other than the adorable monkeys, a number of tourists have vouched for the beauty of the view. After climbing a total of 160 meters up the hill, a beautiful overlooking view of Kyoto can be seen at the summit. It shows a wonderful and luscious mountain side. Anyone can see that nature is clearly preserved in this location.



The Spiritual Journey to the Tenryuji Temple

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Known as one of Kyoto’s Five Great Zen Temples, this temple is the largest in all of Arashiyama. It was built in the 1300s and was believed to have been built to appease the former emperor’s sad spirit. It has been preserved through the efforts of UNESCO. This is one of Japan’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The oldest part of the temple is the garden that has survived through war and fire through the centuries. It is believed to have been built by the temple’s first head priest, Muso Soseki. Admission to the temple costs about 500 yen for the outer areas and 800 yen for a packaged entrance to the inner and outer areas of the temple.


Resorts for the family in the Arashiyama Benkei Ryokan

This particular resort is one of the most popular in all of Arashiyama. Its popularity has been ranked and reviewed by different travel websites such as Tripadvisor. It is a fantastic place to go to for children. One of the most important values of this place is their hospitality - the ryokan has been clearly reviewed to have friendly and accommodating staff.

Other than the relaxing pools and the accommodating staff, a lot of tourists and visitors have commended the place for their great food. They offer delicious meals which are affordable – giving a great bonus to the entire trip. Anyone visiting Arashiyama, or Kyoto, must ensure a visit to this resort. BOOK HERE


Enjoy a relaxing vacation in an Arashiyama Onsen

Onsens have been a recent discovery in the area and there are a number of popular ryokans within Arashiyama. Just right next to the Togetsukyo bridge is the Arashiyama Hanaikada which is a private Onsen bath perfect for any relaxing getaway. Since Japan is home to a number of volcanoes, it is only understandable that there are a number of hot springs found in almost all areas of Japan. Being a mountainous region, Kyoto is home to a number of natural hot springs as well. BOOK HERE

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto





Finding the perfect Arashiyama Stone

Culinary lovers and chefs are delighted to find out that Arashiyama is home to one of the most popular whetstones or sharpening stones in the world. Among the most popular is the Arashiyama Stone 6000 which is a 6000 grit stone useful in sharpening kitchen knives. According to reports from experts, these kinds of stones are perfect for ensuring the fine finish of carbon steel knives. Also known as Waterstones, these kinds of stones are those that are found at the Oi River.

7 Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto


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xoxo, Blair





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18 comments :

  1. All the places are so clean and picturesque that I wanto book my tickets now. Blair thanks for sharing such a much and comprehensive guide with us all.

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    1. Oh you are always welcome and I am so happy that you like this post and the place! Time to book your tickets now :D

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  2. Wow, this is somewhere I so want to visit now! Although you had me wanting to go when you talked about the awesome bamboo, the monkey park makes me want to look up plane tickets. My kids would love hiking in a park with monkeys wondering all over the place!

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    1. This would be a perfect summer vacation for your family!

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  3. Beautiful destination! That bamboo tunnel looks incredibly amazing! And the lotus pond and river looks very pristine. We hope to visit Japan someday. :)

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  4. This is such a great blog post. In Jamaica we have bamboo like that too. Your pic made me thing back to chopping some down to make a bench! Great post ��

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    1. Bamboo is such a good grass and makes surroundings so beautiful!

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  5. Wow, the bamboo grove, which is filled with towering bamboo looks really amazing! I haven't been to any place in Japan, and will surely include Arashiyama, Kyoto If I get the chance. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  6. A bamboo forest! It looks like a great place, I love Japan, it has been in my to-do list for way too long. I get pissed at bad tourists not respecting the place they are traveling.

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    1. because of many abhorrent tourists, no wonder if one day Japan will close its doors to foreigners.

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  7. I had no idea that Arashiyama is such a beautiful place to visit! Those Bamboo trail looks quite splendid! I hope to visit Japan someday in my life!

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    1. The most enjoyable part is listening its unique sounds.

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  8. These trees wow! I know that Kyoto is a cultural capital, but I have never seen the large bamboo fores. Cool

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  9. What an interesting list of things to do in Kyoto- and at the right time too. I'm planning to visit this September! Thank you for sharing these tips

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    1. That's fantastic! Hope you will enjoy Kyoto. It is a different world, and you might don't want to leave :D

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