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Kyoto One Day Tour “Kyoto sightseeing tour: Arashiyama”

Arashiyama is a picturesque district in the western outskirts of Kyoto, known for its natural beauty and historical landmarks. One of the most famous attractions is the Bamboo Grove, where visitors can walk through towering bamboo stalks that create a serene and otherworldly atmosphere. The area is also home to the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge, which offers stunning views of the Katsura River and surrounding mountains, especially during the cherry blossom and autumn foliage seasons. Arashiyama is rich in cultural heritage, featuring several temples such as Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO World Heritage site with beautiful Zen gardens. Whether you’re seeking tranquility or adventure, Arashiyama offers a diverse range of experiences for all visitors. Route: Meeting point → Togetsukyo Bridge → Tenryuji Zen Temple → Nonomiya Shrine → Bamboo grove → Okochi Sanso → Arashiyama Park Observation Deck → Yusaitei



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Join us on an enchanting tour of Arashiyama. We'll start at Togetsukyo Bridge, offering breathtaking view of the Katsura River. Next, we'll visit the serene Tenryuji Zen Temple, renowned for its exquisite gardens. Our journey continues to the Nonomiya Shrine, a charming, historic spot nestled in the forest. We'll then walk through the famous Bamboo Grove, an ethereal experience surrounded by towering bamboo stalks. After that, we'll explore the beautiful Okochi Sanso Villa and its meticulously landscaped gardens.
We'll finish with a visit to the Arashiyama Park Observation Deck for panoramic views, and finally, a peaceful stop at Yusaitei, a traditional teahouse offering a perfect end to our tour. [Read more...]

Togetsukyo Bridge

Togetsukyo Bridge, located in the scenic district of Arashiyama in Kyoto. The name Togetsukyo, which translates to “Moon Crossing Bridge,” originates from a story about Emperor Kameyama of the Kamakura period. While enjoying a boating party under a full moon, the emperor remarked that the moon appeared to be crossing the bridge. Originally constructed during the Heian Period, the bridge has been rebuilt several times, with the current structure dating back to the 1930s. Togetsukyo Bridge is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and autumn foliage seasons, offering picturesque landscapes that captivate visitors. Its serene surroundings make it an ideal spot for leisurely strolls and photography, providing a quintessential Kyoto experience.

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple is the largest temple complex in the Arashiyama area, one of the five most important Zen Buddhist temples in Kyoto, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tenryu-ji was founded in 1339 by shogun Ashikaga Takauji in memory of Emperor Go-Daigo. The temple buildings burnt down and were rebuilt many times. The present ones date to the late 19th century, but the temple’s main attraction, the Tenryu-ji Garden, founded by the great master Muso Soseki, has survived in its original form to this day. The heart of the garden is a central pond with small islands covered by stones and pine trees. The forested mountains of Arashiyama serve as a backdrop to the garden.

Nonomiya Shrine

Nonomiya-jinja Shrine is a historic Shinto shrine with deep cultural significance. Traditionally, it served as a purification site for imperial princesses before they entered the Ise Grand Shrine. The shrine is renowned for its beautiful setting amidst a lush forest, featuring ancient trees and a distinctive black torii gate. Visitors come to Nonomiya-jinja Shrine to pray for good fortune in love and relationships, as well as for academic success.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Sagano-Arasiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s most popular and most photographed places. Everything here breathes with admiration for nature and love for detail. The path through the bamboo grove is carefully fenced off and cleared of dry leaves and branches. It’s an alley where you want to stroll, listening to the sounds of bamboo and the endless song of the wind. Bamboo doesn’t sleep; bamboo rustles and ceaselessly strives upwards. It’s a very hardy, fantastic plant!

Okochi Sanso

Okochi Sanso is a beautiful traditional Japanese villa. Once the residence of famous Japanese film actor Denjiro Okochi, the villa features stunning gardens meticulously designed to reflect the changing seasons. Visitors can stroll through the landscaped paths, enjoying views of Kyoto’s mountains, bamboo groves, and cherry blossoms. Okochi Sanso offers a tranquil retreat and a glimpse into the elegance of traditional Japanese architecture and garden design.

Arashiyama Park Observation Deck

It’s an ideal place to immerse yourself in the abundant nature and scenic beauty of Arashiyama. From the observation deck, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the stunning landscapes of Arashiyama, the Hozu River, and the surrounding mountains. The view is especially vibrant during the autumn foliage season, attracting many tourists and locals alike. Rest areas and benches are set up around the observation deck, allowing visitors to relax and take in the scenery. This is a must-visit spot when exploring Arashiyama, and a popular place to appreciate the beauty of nature.


Yusaitei is a traditional Japanese tea house. Nestled among lush greenery and overlooking the tranquil Hozu River, it provides a peaceful retreat for visitors. The teahouse is renowned for its exquisite matcha tea and seasonal sweets, allowing guests to experience authentic Japanese tea culture. The charming interior, with its tatami mats and shoji screens, enhances the tranquil atmosphere, making Yusaitei a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Arashiyama.