Arashiyama (嵐山) District, Kyoto, Japan
Arashiyama (嵐山) is a famous tourist area in Western Kyoto, Japan. The best time to visit is during Sakura season and fall season. You can explore the area by foot or hire a bicycle.
Things to DO:
➤ Monkey Park – I started my day hiking a mountain to see the monkeys. The Monkey Park is located south of the Togetsukyo Bridge. The route was not difficult and it was an easy climb. At the summit you can view the city of Kyoto at the top. The monkeys roam freely around the park.
➤ Tenryuji Temple – Cross Togetsukyo Bridge and walk until you reach Tenryuji. The temple is one of the most important temples in Kyoto, It is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
➤ Bamboo Groves – After exploring Tenryuji Temple, I ate some delicious soba and dango near one of the entrances going to the bamboo groves. The bamboo grove is actually located behind Tenryuji Temple. The walking paths can get crowded with tourist.
➤ Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street – After exiting the Bamboo grove, I explored the area and tried to find my way to Saga-Toriimoto. The streets are well-preserved and the architecture is from the Meiji Period. Cafés, restaurants and shops line the streets. Along the way you can drop by at the Otagi Nenbutsuji. The Temple is famous for its small stone statues of called rakan.
Other activity: Saga Scenic Railway, if you like riding trains and scenic views then you may like to consider this tour.
List of Tourist Attractions in Western Kyoto:
- Katsura Villa
- Daikakuji Temple
- Tenryuji Temple
- Myoshinji Temple
- Toei Eigamura
- Sagano Railway
- Hozugawa Cruise
How to get to Arashiyama
From Kyoto Station ride the train going to Arashiyama via JR Sagano Line. Travel time is just 15 min and costs 240 yen. You can also ride a bus but taking the train is faster.
Fushimi Inari Shrine 伏見稲荷大社
After a full day in Arashiyama District, I had some time so I decided to visit Inari temple. Fushimi Inari is a Shinto Shrine located in Southern Kyoto. The shrine features a lot of fox statues and art. The fox is believed to be the messenger of Inari the Shinto god of rice. I enjoyed exploring the mountain trails and beautiful structures.
Things to DO:
➤ Senbon Torii – The torii gate covers the hiking trail. These are donated by individuals and companies. The torri gates are iconic and almost all of tourist avisiting Kyoto have a photo of the torii gates.
➤ Hiking – Explore the mountain trails and smaller shrines. Hike until you reach the summit and watch the beautiful sunset. You can have a good view of Kyoto at the summit.
List of Tourist Attraction in Southern Kyoto
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Tofukuji Temple
- Daigoji Temple
- Toji Temple
- Fushimi Sake District
How to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine
JR Inari Station is the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line. Travel time is just 5 min.