Arashiyama is a popular district in Kyoto which is renowned for its beauty and many attractions which can be enjoyed all year around. Arashiyama is most popular during early April as Cherry Blossom season kicks off and towards the end of November in the fall as the leaves turn red. Arashiyama is home to the spectacular Bamboo Grove which is a beautiful path with bamboo standing tall on either side. The Bamboo Grove is one of the most photo worthy spots in all of Japan which is no small accolade. Much like Fushimi Inari shrine, its best to get to the Bamboo Grove as early as possible to avoid the flurry of visitors to this wonderful location.
Arashiyama may require more than a single day to fully appreciate everything this district has to offer however if your trip is short for time, here are the main attractions to tick off your list. Togetsukyo Bridge is one of Arashiyama’s most iconic landmarks with its picturesque forested mountainside backdrop. South of the Togetsukyo Bridge, you’ll find Monkey Park Iwatayama which is an open area full of monkeys. Catch the monkeys feeding time everyday at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30 where entertaining music is played as all the monkeys come for their lunch. From Monkey Park Iwatayama you will also enjoy spectacular views over Kyoto. Tenryuji Temple can also be found in Arashiyama which is the districts most important temple. Tenryuji Temple is now a world heritage site and was ranked first among the cities five great Zen temples.
From Kyoto Station, take the JR Sagano Line for 15 minutes to Saga-Arashiyama Station. Maps and signs are all around the Saga-Arashiyama Station to help you plan your trip around this remarkable district.