On this tour, you will visit a beautiful bridge called the Togetsukyo, bamboo grove and Tenryu-ji temple with beautiful traditional gardens. Then head for the Sagano area. While walking, you'll stop by many stores and try various types of local food.
What to Expect
You will start the tour from the JR Saga Arashiyama station. The Arashiyama district, located west of the Kyoto city center, has long been a scenic leisure spot. Many ancient aristocrats had their villas here a thousand years ago and enjoyed making literature and poetry. Today, the area is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kyoto.
At first you will move to the Togetsukyo bridge which, as the area’s landmark, dates back to 9th century and provides a good photo taking spot for visitors today. It is a very beautiful and traditional bridge. While walking, you will try Yuba soup, rice crackers, fried Yuba cake and Leek pancake. Then visit Tenryu-ji temple which was built in 1339 by the Shogun Ashikaga in memory of the Emperor Go-Daigo and was a complex of more than 100 buildings. They were mostly destroyed by fires and civil wars over the years, but the traditional garden remains in its original form, designed by the monk Muso. You can enjoy walking in the landscape garden.
From there, you will reach the bamboo grove that is native only to Japan and is a great photo opportunity. Here, you will enjoy walking in the bamboo grove, and then, head for the Sagano area which has a historical significance with many beautiful temples. While walking, you will have Japanese sweets as well. After this half day tour, you might as well call yourself an Arashiyama local.
- English guide
- Food on menu