Arashiyama Tourism

Come and see the nature and history of Arashiyama and Sagano

Kyoto Arashiyama has been written about in songs since ancient times,
And many aristocrats set up holiday homes in this area. It is now designated as a “place of scenic beauty: Arashiyama.”

Spring cherry blossoms beautifully decorate the Togetsukyo Bridge.

The history of cherry blossoms at Arashiyama dates back many centuries, and it is said that Emperor Go-Saga transplanted cherry blossoms from Yoshino Mountain in Nara, over 700 years ago, and we can now see about 1,500 cherry blossoms.
At the time of flowering, the mountain is dyed pink in cherry blossoms, and Togetsukyo bridge is decorated beautifully with spring cherry blossoms. Even after the cherry blossoms have reached full bloom, we see the beauty of the dancing falling flower petals, and then Arashiyama greets visitors with a covering of fresh green.

Feel the beauty of nature and the tradition of Japan.

The green of the bamboo forest grows brilliant and is dazzlingly colored.
In the evening, summer scenes of Arashiyama cormorant fishing. You can still see the traditional fishing method using cormorants and fishing fire, from boats floating on the Oi River that flows through Arashiyama.
Please enjoy watching the leisurely Yakatabune boats and the skilled handling of the reins by the cormorant fishermen, and experience a night unlike everyday life.
You can enjoy the beauty of nature and the summer of Arashiyama where you can feel the tradition of Japan.

The stunning scenery dazzling with red will make you forget time.

Kyoto in the autumn is beautifully colored with autumn leaves.
Among the many places for viewing autumnal leaves in Kyoto, Arashiyama is the most popular site.
Many people forget time when they see the scenery of a masterpiece where the whole mountain of Arashiyama is dyed red.
You can not only enjoy the red autumn colors in the day, but the mountains are also lit up at night, transforming them into a fantastic scenery. Please enjoy this scenery only seen in autumn.

Beauty that is reminiscent of an ink painting.

In the snow season, the whole of Arashiyama is wrapped in a white world.
There is beauty reminiscent of a Chinese ink painting in the scenes of the quietly flowing Oi River and Togetsukyo Bridge, and the monochrome mountains covered in white.
In snow-dusted Arashiyama, you can feel an atmosphere unlike everyday life.

The Main Arashiyama / Sagano, Kyoto Sighteseeings

  • Togetsukyo Bridge


    Togetsukyo Bridge is one of a symbol of Arashiyama and Kyoto, Japan. In the early period of “Heian” era, the emperor “Kameyama” have mentioned “it resembles the crossing of a bearless moon,” and it came to be called “Togetsukyo” the meaning of bridge of crossing to the moon.
    【Only 5 minitue walk from Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei (⇒ GoogleMap)

  • Hozugawa River cruise / boat ride to Arashiyama

    Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride

    There is an abyss, a torrent, and a valley of the Hozu River that flows through the four seasons. It is a 16-km, two-hour boat ride from Kameoka to Arashiyama, Kyoto with the great nature sceneries of Japan.
    【Take the Sagano Romantic Train from the station next to the JR Saga Arashiyama Staion to the Kameoka Romantic Train / Torokko Station, and the shuttle buses from Kameoka Torokko Station transfer passengers to the boat departure point, arrival point is just few minutes walk from Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei(⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Arashiyama / Sagano Bamboo Forest / Grove

    Bamboo Forest Road

    Over 400m long bamboo Arashiyama / Sagano Bamboo Forest / Grove that leads from Nonomiya Shrine to Tenryuji temple and Okochi Sanso Garden. The lush bamboo grows high enough to cover the sky, and the leaking sun creates a amazing spaces. It is a one of the most, best and top popular sightseeing site of Kyoto and all over Japan, and also the stereotype image of Japan itself.
    【Only 11 minitue walk from Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei (⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Tenryuji Temple

    Tenryu-ji Temple

    Tenryuji Temple was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 as a cultural property of the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan. The pond spring garden with a view of Kameyama and Arashiyama has various expressions every season of Kyoto, Japan.
    【Only 9 minitue walk from Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei (⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Kyoto Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

    Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

    A vast wild monkey park overlooking Kyoto city, located on Mt. Iwata, a ridge of Kyoto Arashiyama. It is a place where you can feel and experience great nature of Japan including over 130 wild Japanese monkeys, birds, insects and plants. Superb View of Kyoto City is one of the highlight of this place.
    【Only 15 minitue walk from Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei (⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Sagano Romantic Train / Sagano Scenic Railway (Sagano Torokko)

    Sagano Romantic Train

    Sagano Romantic Train / Sagano Scenic Railway (Sagano Torokko)is a trolley train that connects 7.3km from Kameoka along the Hozugawa Valley from Kyoto Arashiyama Sagano area in about 25 minutes. You can meet and feel the seasons, such as autumn leaves, spring cherry blossoms, summer fresh greens, and winter snow scenes. It is one of the popular activity of Arashyiyama Kyoto, Japan.
    【Only 13 minitue walk from Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei to the Sagano Romantic Train / Sagano Scenic Railway (Sagano Torokko)station that is next to JR Saga Arashiyama Staion (⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Come and see the nature and history of Arashiyama and Sagano

    Arashiyama / Sagano area is one of the most famous scenic sightseeing spots in Kyoto, Japan.
    There are many famous and ancient monuments, special scenic spots, historical sites and important cultural properties, temples, shrines and so on.

    You can fully enjoy taking a walk in the atmosphere representing Kyoto, Japan, which is also designated as a historical preservation area,
    therefore the atmosphere and some of townscapes are unchenged from old times like at least few hundread years
    Arashiyama / Sagano Bamboo Forest / Bamboo Grove is famous as a representative image of Japan and Kyoto both in Japan and overseas,
    “Togetsukyo Bridge” is a trademark of Arashiyama, Kyoto and “Hozugawa River Cruise/Boat ride which ends at
    Oi River overlooking Togetsukyo Bridge only few minutes walk from Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei.

    “Sagano Romantic Train / Sagano Scenic Railway (Sagano Torokko)”
    that connects the sightseeing and scenic viewing route to the starting point of Hozugawa River descent.

    “Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama” on the opposite bank of Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei,
    “Cultural Property of Ancient Kyoto” registered as a World Heritage Site Tenryuji Temple,
    heading from Togetsukyo to Tenryuji Temple and the bamboo grove, Arashiyama Hondori is full of Kyoto gourmet,
    Kyoto and Arashiyama limited souvenirs, cafes and restaurants such as Arabica Coffee Arahiyama,
    Unagiya Hirokawa the Japanese eel restaurant, Pizzeria Lugara, Saga Tofu Ine, Arashiyama Kijurou, Arashiyama Steak Otsuka and much more.

    From Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei to Togetsukyo Bridge, on the riverside street,
    there are famous Japanese restaurants in Kyoto and all over Japan such as Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama Main Store Arashiyama Kumahiko are connected,
    giving you a different feel from the lively main street.
    In addition, the platform of Arashiyama Onsen, a main access point to Arashiyama on the main street,
    has an Arashiyama Onsen station footbath that can be used by anyone for free.
    It is a spot where you can easily feel the quality of the hotsprings of Arashiyama Onsen, which is a weak alkaline simple but great natural hot spring.

    There are also many cultural power spots in Arashiyama and Sagano area such as “Nonomiya Shrine”,
    Hogonin Temple, Horinji temple, Arashiyama main area, bamboo forest / grove, and at the foot of Atagoyama /
    Mt. Atago which gathers one of the greates and best religious mountain in Kyoto,
    there are many unchanges cultural spots like Nison-in Temple, Gioji Temple, Adashino nenbutsuji temple, Jikishi-an and more.
    Daikakuji temple is a representative famous temple of northern Arashiyama / Sagano area called “Kita-Saga”.

    Daikakuji Temple have Osawa lake / pond which is known as the oldest artificial pnd in Japan.
    Alongside Osawa Pond, “Hirosawa ike Pond”, which has been the theme of many “waka” the Japanese poems since ancient times.
    It also has been a popular spot for watching the moon.

    Arashiyama / Sagano area of Kyoto, Japan and the sourroundings of Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei are wrapped
    in the culture and eternal essence of Japan and Kyoto, there are unique landscapes and history that can be spent for many days, many times in any seasons.