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What you should know about Arashiyama

Located to the west of Kyoto, Arashiyama is an outstandingly beautiful area, with the river and surrounding mountains providing endless vistas to appreciate. As the neighborhood is much smaller than nearby Kyoto, you will find it has a more relaxed, charming atmosphere. Despite its modest size however, you’ll discover there is an abundance of incredible sights to enjoy, such as the awe-inspiring bamboo forest and the breathtaking Tenryu-ji Temple, so don’t forget to pack your camera.

Hotels in Arashiyama


There are lots of hotels in Arashiyama to choose from, ranging from 3-star to 5-star. One of the top rated 3-star hotels in Arashiyama is the Sun Members Kyoto-Saga. It has a great on-site restaurant, and provides breakfast either in Western or Japanese style, depending on your tastes. Ryotei Rangetsu is a 4-star hotel in Arashiyama that boasts an amazing riverfront location. It provides a traditional ryokan experience, with beautifully designed rooms, hot springs, and kaiseki cuisine. If you’re seeking luxury, then the upscale Suiran is a great choice. It exquisitely blends both traditional and modern styles, and includes great facilities such as a full-service spa.

Things to see in Arashiyama


One of Kyoto’s most famous sights is the bamboo grove at Arashiyama. The forest of bamboo is extremely relaxing to walk through as it slowly sways in the wind. You’ll discover its beauty is matched only by its popularity, so try to go early to avoid the crowds. One of the most unique attractions in Kyoto is the Iwatayama Monkey Park. After paying a modest fee, you need to tackle a 30-minute hill climb, but once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views and of course, a chance to see the park’s wild monkeys. For an up-close encounter, purchase a bag of food and watch them flock to you. One of the most impressive features of Arashiyama is the Togetsukyo Bridge, which crosses the Hozu River and provides stunning views of the area. It’s most impressive during cherry blossom season, or in fall as the surrounding woods burst into color.

Good for couples


The Arashiyama area is ideal for couples who want to experience the best that Kyoto has to offer in a less hectic atmosphere than downtown. There is an abundance of areas to explore hand in hand, from scenic forests to peaceful shrines. Many great restaurants (often mentioned in Arashiyama hotel reviews) await you, where you can sample authentic Japanese cuisine together. Hiranoya is a charming little teahouse complete with thatched roof; a gorgeous setting to enjoy a fantastic kaiseki meal. Another superb place to visit as a couple is Exclusive Teahouse Anna Maria, which serves English-style tea in a Japanese-style environment

How to get to Arashiyama


Direct flights to Kansai International Airport leave from Honolulu and San Francisco in the United States, and from here, it is relatively straightforward to reach Arashiyama by train. First, take the Haruka express train from the airport straight to Kyoto Station in the center of the city (75 minutes). From here you simply need to change to the San'in Line, which takes you to Saga-Arashiyama Station (15 minutes). There are also several buses, such as the Number 28, which goes from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama Station (48 minutes). Arashiyama is a fairly small area, so you can walk to most places with ease from your Arashiyama accommodation. Alternatively, bus services are available.

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