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Arashiyama, Kyoto

4.3
#5 of 1,412 in Things to do in Kyoto
For centuries a source of respite and escape, Arashiyama offers a glimpse of natural beauty outside of Kyoto. The district has a variety of outdoor activities: visit the Japanese macaques in the monkey park, or take a rowboat out onto the lake. Don't miss the bamboo grove, a gentle uphill trail through densely packed stalks, ending at a historic imperial villa and its surrounding landscaped gardens. To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Again, we used our JR Pass, this time to take the JR train to Saga-Arashiyama Station. It took about half an hour. We followed the flow of crowds. It was quite a distance. We were strolling and...  more »
  • Went to Arashiyama in the evening and there were not too many people. Good and peaceful stroll in the bamboo forest when there are not too many people around especially after visiting the nearby...  more »
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  • A must if you're in Kyoto. The streets leading up to the bamboo grove are full of shops offering souvenirs and local delicacies. You can try some pretty interesting street snacks. The scenery is pretty amazing walking through the grove except I didn't think it's as thick as what all the pictures on the Web depict. Be prepared to spend half a day meandering through here to really enjoy the whole experience.
  • Wonderful place to visit with lots of different walk ways to explore. I enjoyed walking around the well kept area for around 2 hours but I could have spent a bit longer as there were a lot of gardens and shrines in the area. It was a great adventure and I would highly recommend it
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