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.

Nearby attractions

  • Togetsukyo Bridge


    A symbol of Arashiyama, this bridge came to be called “Togetsukyo Bridge” since Emperor Kameyama said in the early years of the Heian Period, “It is similar to the crossing of the shadowless moon.” (Togetsu means “crossing of the moon”)
    【Approximately 5 minutes on foot from Arashiyama Benkei (⇒ GoogleMap)

  • Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride

    Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride

    A 16 kilometer, two-hour journey on boat from Tamba-Kameoka to Arashiyama. Experience the exciting rapids and mysterious deep pools, through the ravine of the Hozugawa River in the beautiful seasonal scenery.
    【Arashiyama walk about 25 minutes from Benkei(⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Bamboo Forest Road

    Bamboo Forest Road

    A small bamboo footpath with a length of about 400 m, leading from Nomiya-jinja Shrine to Tenryu-ji Temple and Okochi Sanso Garden. The lush bamboo extends so high that it covers the sky, and the dappled sunlight creates a fantastic space.
    【Arashiyama walk about 11 minutes from Benkei(⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Tenryu-ji Temple

    Tenryu-ji Temple

    Tenryu-ji Temple was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 as a cultural asset of ancient Kyoto. The garden has a style that features a path going around a pond with Kameyama and Arashiyama as a background, and its expressions change with each season.
    【Arashiyama walk about 9 minutes from Benkei(⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

    Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

    A vast monkey park overlooking the city of Kyoto in Mt. Iwata, which is a branch peak of Arashiyama. Here you can feel and experience nature, with more than 130 wild Japanese macaques as well as wild birds, insects and plants.
    【Arashiyama walk about 15 minutes from Benkei(⇒ GoogleMap)】

  • Sagano Romantic Train

    Sagano Romantic Train

    Sagano Romantic train departs from Sagano and takes you on a 7.3 kilometer journey to Kameoka along the Hozugawa Ravine, the journey taking approximately 25 minutes. You can deeply experience the seasons, with cherry blossoms in spring, lush green in summer, autumn leaves in fall and snow scenes in winter.
    【Arashiyama Benkei walk about 13 minutes from the up truck Saga Station(⇒ GoogleMap)】