The Arashiyama district in Kyoto 嵐山

  • Published on : 15/05/2020
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Excursions to Arashiyama, the "mountain of storms"

Located west of Kyoto, the small district of Arashiyama has gained great popularity with tourists. With the splendid banks of the Hozu River, its hills covered with maple trees, a bamboo grove, and its countless temples, unlike any other place... Arashiyama is a refreshing place of nature, to explore by foot through its timeless wonder.

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Le pont Tokegutsu-kyo à Arashiyama

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It is one of the most famous bamboo forests in the country. Access is free, and several paths wind between giant bamboos, which reach ten meters high. You can get there easily on foot from the neighboring Arashiyama or Saga stations, the location being well signposted.

Address : 68Susukinobaba-cho, Saga, Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto

 

 

 

Bambouseraie arashiyama

Les chemins de la bambouseraie

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This famous Buddhist temple is attached to the bamboo grove, so it is a good idea to kill two birds with one stone in a single visit. Belonging to the Rinzai Zen sect, Tenryu-ji has a sublime park, with a dry garden sublimating mosses and rocks, as well as a large pond opening onto the pine forest. The places are also listed as World Heritage by Unesco.

Address: 68 Susukinobaba-cho Saga, Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Hours: Open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (5 pm during winter)
Price: 500 yen ($4.50/3.75€)

 

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Le temple Tenryu-ji

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Here is a rather rare experience: the visit of a park with monkeys, evolving in freedom. After a somewhat sporty climb of about twenty minutes to reach the top of Iwata hill, you will discover a platform offering on the one hand a beautiful view of Kyoto, but also a playground for monkeys. It is also possible to enter a small hut with netting, to feed the monkeys who remain in their natural habitat.

Address: 8 Gennrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
Hours: Open from 9 am to 5 pm
Price: 550 yen ($4.50/3.75€)

 

Park of monkeys Iwatayama

View from the top of the park monkeys.

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    Randen, Sagano, San-in and Hankyu lines. Bus lines 11, 28, 93.

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