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Arashiyama area

ArashiyamaMap of ArashiyamaArashiyama is a popular scenic area in the western suburbs of central Kyoto.
Katsura River flows, and the sceneries of cherry blossoms in spring and maple leaves in autumn are popular.

Formally, Arashiyama is the district on the right bank (the south side) of Katsura River.
But it is commonly the area on the both sides of the river, and it generally includes the area south from JR San'in Line.

  • Togetsukyo bridge /1/ : A bridge across Katsura River. It is the symbol of Arashiyama.
    It is said that the original bridge was built in the 840s. The current bridge was rebuilt in 1934.
  • Tenryuji temple /2/ : The central temple in this area founded in 1345. See the page of Tenryuji temple.
  • Hougon-in temple /3/ : One of the branch temples of Tenryuji. It was built in 1461.
    The Japanese garden is nice.
  • Nonomiya Shrine /4/ : The shrine where the selected unmarried princess to go for serving to Ise Shrine in the ancient times.
  • Kameyama Park /5/ : The park to enjoy the scenery of Arashiyama. On the left bank of Katsura River.
  • Nakanoshima Park /6/ : The park to enjoy the scenery of Arashiyama. On the right bank of Katsura River.
  • Hourinji temple /7/ : A temple of Shingon Buddhism founded in 713. It is on the mountainside.
  • Iwatayama Monkey Park /8/ : The park on the top of Mount Iwata (155 meters high). About 150 Japanese monkeys live here.
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How to get to here

By railroad

By Randen (Kitano Line of Keifuku Electric Railroad), about 22 minutes from Shijo-Omiya to Arashiyama terminal station.

Togetsukyo in spring
Photo by Kyoto Design
Togetsukyo in autumn
© Y.Shimizu-© JNTO
Hourinji Mount Iwata

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