Arashiyama, Kyoto-1 Day Trip|From Popular Spots to Best Kept Secret Spots!

KYOTO

Arashiyama is one of the most famous sightseeing areas in Kyoto, and is home to many famous places of interest, including seasonal landscapes created by nature, such as mountains and rivers, and historic temples. We will introduce a course that you can fully enjoy, from must-visit royal roadside spots to talked-about restaurants and hole-in-the-wall spots. Take advantage of the trolley train and other local trains that are familiar to the town of Kyoto, and enjoy all that Arashiyama has to offer in terms of sightseeing and dining!

START

9:30

Hankyu Arashiyama station

Approx. 9-minute walk

9:40

Arashiyama Park (Nakanoshima area) - Togetsu Bridge

Arashiyama Park (Nakanoshima area) - Togetsu Bridge

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Take a stroll in Arashiyama Park along the Katsura River and enjoy the view of the Wataratsuki Bridge, the symbol of Arashiyama. Wataratsukibashi Bridge, named after the moon crossing the sky, has an impressive wooden parapet designed to blend in with the beauty of nature. Cross the 155-meter-long bridge to the area where the tourist attractions are concentrated.

9:55

Arashiyama Park (Nakanoshima area) - Togetsu Bridge

Approx. 3-minute walk

10:00

Mamemono and Taiyaki Arashiyama Store

Mamemono and Taiyaki Arashiyama Store

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A taiyaki store that bakes dough upon order, giving the taiyaki a light and fluffy texture. It is located on the first floor of Arashiyama Shoryuen, a commercial facility where Kyoto’s representative long-established shops are gathered. The most popular taiyaki, an-butter taiyaki, is a must-try! The freshly made taiyaki is sandwiched between fresh butter and has a “best before” date of one minute.

10:35

Mamemono and Taiyaki Arashiyama Store

Approx. 1-minute walk

10:40

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple

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One of Kyoto’s representative temples, it is registered as a World Heritage site. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent scenery from the circular garden centering on Sogen Pond, designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The dragon depicted in the cloud-and-dragon painting on the ceiling of the Dharma Hall is said to meet the eye from every angle. Please come and experience this mystical phenomenon.

11:45

Tenryu-ji Temple

Approx. 5-minute walk

11:50

Yudofu Sagano

Yudofu Sagano

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For lunch, try Kyoto’s unique yudofu. We recommend the “Yudofu Set Meal” which uses traditional Saga Tofu and combines it with a small bowl of Kyoto-style dishes. The restaurant features pure Japanese architecture in a neat sukiya style, and the tatami room overlooks a Japanese garden. The rooms in the tatami room overlook a Japanese garden and are decorated with hanging scrolls and tableware, creating a rich Japanese atmosphere.

12:55

Yudofu Sagano

Approx. 3-minute walk

13:00

Bamboo Grove

Bamboo Grove

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This is a representative sightseeing spot of Arashiyama. The promenade has a solemn atmosphere with its rows of overgrown bamboos covering the sky. Take a leisurely stroll through this area, which was once a villa for aristocrats in the Heian period, and enjoy a special moment to feel the beauty of nature through the sunlight filtering through the trees and the sound of leaves rustling in the air.

13:45

Bamboo Grove

Approx. 3-minute walk

13:50

Jojakko-ji Temple

Jojakko-ji Temple

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This temple is located halfway up Mt. Ogura, known for the “Hyakunin Isshu” . It is said that the villa of the poet Fujiwara no Teika once stood here. After passing through the Niomon Gate built in the Nanbokucho Period (14th century) and going up the stone steps, you will see the main hall, which is a reconstruction of the guest hall of Fushimi Castle, and behind it stands a beautifully proportioned pagoda with a panoramic view of the Sagano area.

14:25

Jojakko-ji Temple

Approx. 1-minute walk

14:30

Nison-in Temple

Nison-in Temple

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Nison-in Temple, spread out at the foot of Mt. Ogura, as its name suggests, enshrines two principal deities, Shakyamuni Buddha and Amida Nyorai (Important Cultural Property). The wide approach extending from the main gate is called “Baba of Autumn Leaves,” and the maple and cherry trees planted alternately for about 100 meters welcome visitors with seasonal views.

15:05

Nison-in Temple

Approx. 2-minute walk

15:10

Rakushisha

Rakushisha

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This is the site of the hermitage of Kyorai Mukai, a disciple of Matsuo Basho. Basho visited this place three times and wrote his Saga Nikki during his stay. The garden is planted with seasonal haiku plants and many haiku monuments stand in the garden. The tasteful appearance of the thatched roof attracts many people now and in the past.

15:35

Rakushisha

Approx. 6-minute walk

15:45

Arashiyama torokko station(Sagano Romantic Train)

Arashiyama torokko station(Sagano Romantic Train)

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A diesel locomotive “trolley train” runs from Arashiyama to the Hozukyo Gorge at an average speed of about 25 km/h. Inside the classic Art Deco style small train is a retro atmosphere with wooden chairs and naked light bulbs. The train offers a relaxing ride, with a view of the four seasons from the windows.

Approx. 3-minutes by train on the Sagano Romantic Train

16:00

Saga torokko station

16:05

Saga torokko station

Approx. 3-minute walk

16:10

snow peak LANDSTATION KYOTO ARASHIYAMA

snow peak LANDSTATION KYOTO ARASHIYAMA

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This old private house café was renovated from a 100-year-old ryokan operated by the outdoor brand “Snow Peak”. The juicy and satisfying Snow Peak’s special BLCT hamburger and the green tea drink with subtle aroma of yuzu and apple are very popular! Enjoy the camping atmosphere and take a breather in Arashiyama, Kyoto, a popular sightseeing spot.

17:15

snow peak LANDSTATION KYOTO ARASHIYAMA

Approx. 1-minute walk

17:20

zarame gourmet cotton candy

zarame gourmet cotton candy

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Specializing in Kyoto cotton confectionery. The lineup includes a variety of flavors such as cotton yatsuhashi, Kyo green tea latte, and sakura miruku. They are made with carefully selected ingredients, mainly from Japan, based on our own originally developed raw materials for an elegant taste. The stylish packaging featuring a Japanese-style painting of a woman is perfect for souvenirs.

17:35

zarame gourmet cotton candy

Approx. 7-minute walk

17:45

Karan Coron Kyoto Arashiyama

Karan Coron Kyoto Arashiyama

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This store offers a wide variety of cute Kyoto goods such as handbags and bags. There are many variations of textiles with various patterns, from cherry blossoms and checkered patterns to Daruma dolls, foxes, green tea parfaits, and Kyoto cityscapes such as Kyoto Tower and the torii gate. How about a souvenir for yourself?

18:05

Karan Coron Kyoto Arashiyama

Approx. 1-minute walk

18:10

Randen Arashiyama station

Randen Arashiyama station

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Kyoto’s only streetcar, known as “Arashiyama Randen,” runs in one- or two-car trains through the historic cityscape. The Arashiyama station is lined with cafes and souvenir stores, and the “Kimono Forest,” a beautifully designed forest of approximately 600 poles decorated with yuzen, makes for an enjoyable trip.

Approx. 20-minutes by train on the Randen Train

18:30

Randen Saiin station

Approx. 1-minute walk

18:35

Hankyu Saiin station

Approx. 4-minutes by train on the Hankyu Kyoto Line

18:40

Hankyu Karasuma station

Approx. 6-minute walk

18:50

AWOMB karasuma honten

AWOMB karasuma honten

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This is a “Teori Sushi” restaurant where you can make and eat your own original hand-rolled sushi by freely combining about 50 different ingredients such as Obanzai, sashimi, and condiments. The colorful ingredients arranged on one plate are a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

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