Arashiyama, located in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, is a famous tourist destination known for its Togetsukyo Bridge over the Katsura River and its bamboo groves. Arashiyama offers a variety of seasonal scenes: cherry blossoms in spring, fresh greenery in summer, autumn leaves in fall, and snow in winter.

Arashiyama originally flourished as a vacation home for aristocrats during the Heian period (794-1192), and it still retains its name as one of Kyoto’s most famous scenic spots.

Bamboo grove at Arashiyama
Bamboo grove

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Arashiyama Highlights

Jojakkoji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple

In addition to the Togetsukyo Bridge and bamboo grove, Arashiyama has other attractions such as Tenryuji Temple, one of the cultural properties that make up Kyoto’s World Heritage Site, and Jojakkoji Temple, with its beautiful moss and stunning views from its observation deck.

Arashiyama also offers a wide variety of cafes and gourmet eateries, and it is recommended to stop by one of these stores when taking a break from strolling around Arashiyama or when you feel hungry.

Tohu soft serve ice cream at Arashiyama
Tohu soft serve ice cream at Arashiyama
Known for its thick cream that does not fall off even when turned upside down.

Matcha Ice Cream Eclair
Matcha Ice Cream Eclair

As mentioned above, Arashiyama is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto, and is visited by a large number of tourists, both domestic and international.
Therefore, you can avoid the crowds by visiting early in the morning or going a little deeper.

View from Ogurayama
View from Ogurayama

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Arashiyama (嵐山)


1-5 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto 616-8385 (Togetsu-kyo Bridge)


Next to Arashiyama bus stop, Arashiyama bus stop.
3-minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station, Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae bus stop.
7-minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station, Hankyu Arashiyama Sta. bus stop.
11-minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station.
(The way to Togetsukyo Bridge)


(JR) Saga-Arashiyama Station
Sagano Line

(Keifuku Electric Railroad) Randen Arashiyama Station
Keifuku Randen Tram Line

(Hankyu Railway) Arashiyama Station
Arashiyama Line

Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae (bus stop)
Kyoto City Bus

Arashiyama (bus stop)
Kyoto Bus

Arashiyama Koen (bus stop)
Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus

Hankyu Arashiyama Sta. (bus stop)
Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus