Striking natural beauty & spiritual landmarks of Arashiyama
14th-century Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO-listed Zen monastery
Mystical 330-foot (100-m) path through a dense bamboo forest
Peace & serenity of beautiful 16th-century Jojakkoji Temple
Views of koi in the Katsura River from Togetsukyo Bridge
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Arashiyama
Transportation between sites via JR railway
Live tour commentary provided in English
What you can expect
Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and historic landmarks of Arashiyama on this afternoon outing to one of Kyoto's most breathtaking districts. Walk through a magical bamboo forest, wander the gardens of a 14th-century temple, and catch glimpses of colorful koi from the Togetsukyo Bridge.
Meet your guide at Kyoto Station and hop on the JR line to Saga Arashiyama. Set off on foot to reach Tenryuji Temple, the largest Zen monastery in western Japan. Admire the mountain-framed 14th-century temple and roam around the lovely ponds and gardens that fill the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next, make your way into the stunning Sagano Bamboo Forest, traversing a surreal footpath in the dappled sunlight that streams through sky-high curtains of bamboo. Soak up the serenity of this mystical, 330-foot (100-m) trail and snap photos with the towering canes as your backdrop.
Continue on to experience the peaceful beauty of the 16th-century Jojakkoji Temple, and then take a 30-minute scenic stroll to the Togetsukyo Bridge, a 400-year-old wooden footbridge that's one of the area's most iconic sites. Take in the view of the forested hillside and the slow-moving swath of Katsura River, and peek down into the water to see the shimmering orange and white scales of koi swimming beneath the surface before you get back on the JR to return to your starting point.