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Arashiyama Walking Tour

Togetsukyo Bridge, Horinji Temple, Hogonin Garden, Tenryuji Temple, Bamboo Road, Nonomiya Shrine
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.9 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Using Kyoto's train system, you can hit the highlights in one of the city's most popular areas, Arashiyama. This tour includes the... more »

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Points of Interest

This is the nearest train station that is accessible from Kyoto Station. All of the attraction on this guide are within walking distance of this station.

Take the JR Saninhonsen Line to Sagaarashiyama Station. The train fare is 230 yen one way, and is about a 15-minute ride.

Originally built in the year 836, Togetsukyo Bridge has remained one of the most iconic symbols of western Kyoto. Originally built for easier access to Horinji Temple from the north, the area around the Togetsukyo Bridge has a very rich history. These include feudal clan wars, samurai battles, and the location of original religions and customs... More

Horinji is a Buddhist Temple that dates back to 713 AD. Sitting atop a hill, Horinji Temple can be seen from Togetsukyo Bridge. After passing through the ancient gateway and climbing the long flight of stairs, you are treated to an incredible view of the entire Arashiyama area. The landscape is particularly breathtaking in early spring during... More

Arguably the most beautiful garden in the Arashiyama area, Hogonin Temple is a must-see for every tourist visiting the area. Whether you see the plush greens in the spring or the vibrant reds in the fall, Hogonin Temple will leave you with some of the most vivid memories from Kyoto. With a cute little macha tea house, a newly remodeled art house (... More

Originally founded in 1339, Tenryuji Temple continues to be one of Kyoto's most popular tourist destinations. It is ranked No. 1 among Kyoto's Five Mountain System, a collection of five of Kyoto's most revered temples. The nation of Japan has designated it as one of the nation's Special Places of Scenic Beauty. In 1994, UNESCO registered Tenryuji ... More

Translated as "Shrine in the Country," Nonomiya Shrine is a quiet, off-the-radar treasure in the area. Originally founded around the year 800, the actual location of the shrine has slightly changed throughout the years. Its entry gateway, torii in Japanese, is constructed in the oldest style found throughout the country.

Tucked away in the... More

Take the JR Saninhonsen Line back to Kyoto Station. The fare is 230 yen each way, and takes about 15 minutes.