Arashiyama, a scenic area, is located in the western suburbs of Kyoto. In the Heian era, it was the home of aristocratic decadence. Now, when standing on the Togetsukyo Bridge, you can hear the murmuring flow of Guichuan. Stop and imagine the boats of past aristocrats rippling in the Weir River, appreciate the beauty of changing scenery throughout the year, and step back a millennium. As one of the Holy Lands for sakura and maple, Arashiyama attracts a large number of visitors in spring and autumn.
The tickets for the Sagano small train are often difficult to obtain. Summer and winter are the best times to visit if you prefer the quiet. However, each season lends a different charm. In addition, Arashiyama has a lot of ancient temples and shrines such as the World Heritage Site Tenryu-ji Temple, the Nonomiya Shrine with its black birds, and the Kannoji Temple, which was shown in ‘The Tale of the Heike’. There is also Kyoto's most classic bamboo hedge hut landscape, with many Japanese grocery stores, fruit shops and light food stores. It is a great place to slow down and enjoy the journey.
Sagano Scenic Railway (Sagano Romantic Train)
This railway takes its passengers on a picturesque train journey through the mountains between Saga and Kameoka. Also known as Sagano Romantic Train or Sagano Torokko, the train ride boasts a different view according to season. In spring, visitors may enjoy mo
Onkashi-tsukasa Tsuruya Kotobuki
Onkashi-tsukasa Tsuruya Kotobuki is a wagashi (traditional Japanese confectioneries) shop specializing in sakuramochi, a rice cake wrapped in salted sakura or cherry blossom leaves.
Rokuoin Temple is located in Arashiyama. Inside the Zen temple there is also accommodation for women. A basic understanding of the Japanese language is recommended for visiting this place.
Established in 1967, a traditional eel (Unagi in Japanese) restaurant located in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
Randen (Arashiyama Station)
Arashiyama Station is a beautifully decorated train station located in Kyoto.
Bamboo Alley (also known as the Bamboo Groves) in Arashiyama is a popular place to stroll or cycle around.
Founded in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji, this temple is dedicated to Emperor Go-Daigo. Tenryu-ji, officially known as Tenryu Shiseizen-ji, is the most important temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama district and serves as the head temple of the Tenryu bra
Kurumazaki Jinja Shrine
Located in Arashiyama, this small shrine is famous for its sub-shrine, the Geino Jinja Shrine, where professionals from the entertainment industry come to pray. With a large film studio close by, the shrine is often visited by media personalities. Travelers wi
Kyoto Kitcho (Arashiyama)
Indulge yourself in the freshest seasonal food in the exquisite scenery of Arashiyama.
Located in western Kyoto, Daikaku-ji Temple is a Shingon Buddhist temple, and headquarters of the Saga Goryu school of ikebana. The site was originally a residence of Emperor Saga (786-842), and later various emperor conducted their cloistered rule from here.
Shoraian is a restaurant that specialises in tofu cuisine (豆腐懐石) and is tacked away in the middle of the mountain.
Sagano Hot Spring Tenzan-No-Yu
Indoor/outdoor soaking and warming; sauna; massage; private stone bathtubs full of herbal infusions from the Japanese alps.
Hirosawa Pond and its surrounding area is a peaceful spot to meander around, full of nature and natural beauty.
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is famous for the numerous moss-covered statues that occupy its ground.
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
The Toei Uzumasa Eigamura is a film set and theme park in one. Essentially a small town from the Edo Period, the park features a collection of various traditional buildings which are occasionally used as a backdrop for filming historical movies and television
Saiho-ji Temple (Koke-dera)
Saiho-ji Temple, also known as Koke-dera or Moss Temple, is a Unesco World Heritage Site in Kyoto.
Ninna-ji Temple is one of the many great temples in Kyoto which are listed as World Heritage Sites.
Myoshin-ji Temple (Taizo-in)
Located in the northwest of Kyoto, Taizo-in is the oldest sub-temple of the Myoshin-ji Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple.
This large temple complex in northwestern Kyoto includes about 50 sub-temples in addition to its main buildings. Myoshin-ji Temple is known as one of Japan's leading centers of Zazen or seated Zen meditation. The temple was founded in 1337 when Emperor Hanazon
Hotel Binario Saga Arashiyama
Renovated in 2014, Hotel Binario Saga Arashiyama offers a restaurant, a café and a public bath. JR Sagaarashiyama Train Station and Torokko Saga Station is just a minutes’ walk away. Free WiFi is accessible at all areas.
Guest House Atagoya
Located in the middle of historic Arashiyama neighbourhood, Guest House Atagoya features free property-wide Wi-Fi and private Japanese-style rooms. JR Saga-arashiyama Station is a 3-minue walk away.
Saga Grace Hotel
Saga Grace Hotel features a hot public bath, a sauna and rooms with mountain views, a 10-minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station.
Located in a quiet neighborhood in Arashiyama district, Rangetsu offers Japanese-style accommodations with a private Hinoki cypress wood bath and free wired internet access. Guests can also relax in the public indoor/outdoor baths
Located along the Katsura River in the western part of Kyoto, Arashiyama Benkei offers traditional Japanese accommodation with indoor and outdoor natural hot spring baths.
Located in central Arashiyama district, Ranzan offers accommodations with free wired internet access. Guests can refresh in the spacious public baths and relax by the traditional garden. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas
Japaning Hotel Liv Ranrokaku
Japaning Hotel Liv Ranrokaku is set in the Nishikyo Ward district in Kyoto, 900 metres from Bamboo Street. Some units have a seating area where you can relax. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the mountain or river.