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Things to do in Arashiyama – Kyoto Travel

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Located on the western side of Kyoto, Arashiyama offers a lot of activities for tourists. You can find beautiful nature and scenery such as forests and mountains. You can also find historical and cultural sites such as shrines and temples. There are a lot of other things to do in Arashiyama aside from the famous bamboo forest. Here are my top 5 things to do in Arashiyama when visiting Kyoto.

1. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

When I think of Arashiyama, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest would immediately come to my mind. It is one of the most popular things to do in Kyoto. It is also the most photographed place in Kyoto. If you only have time to visit one attraction, I recommend prioritizing Arashiyama Bamboo Forest over other attractions. The best part is that this attraction is free and anyone can visit this place without paying anything. Since this place is very popular to both tourists and locals, I highly recommend visiting early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowd.

Things to do in Arashiyama
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Read: Exploring Arashiyama in Kyoto

2. Tenryu-Ji Temple

One of the best temples in Arashiyama is the Tenryu-Ji Temple. It is also located beside the bamboo forest. You need to pay a 500 yen (5 USD) fee to enter. Tenryu-Ji Temple is a Zen temple with the most beautiful garden in Kyoto. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage.

Things to do in Arashiyama
Tenryu-Ji Temple

The garden is really beautiful especially during the spring and autumn season where you’ll see cherry blossoms and maple leaves. Unfortunately, the cherry blossoms have not bloomed yet when we visited but it is still beautiful.

Tenryu-Ji Temple
Zen Garden

The main attraction of the Zen garden is this small pond. It is a great photo spot, especially during the spring and autumn season. The pond will catch the reflection of the leaves which will make a great photo. This Zen garden is also really peaceful and perfect for anyone who wants to escape the crowds from the bamboo forest.

Tenryu-Ji Temple
Tenryu-Ji Temple Zen Garden

Try: Riding Rickshaw in Arashiyama

3. Kimono Forest

Most of the tourists only visit the bamboo forest when visiting Arashiyama before going to another attraction. But just a few blocks from the bamboo forest is an underrated and a hidden gem of Kyoto, the Kimono Forest. Only a few tourists know about this place. If you want to escape the crowd of the bamboo forest, I recommend visiting Kimono Forest. It is a unique place to visit and it is also really beautiful at night time when the kimono inside the pillars lights up.

Things to do in Arashiyama
Kimono Forest
Kimono Forest
Kimono Forest
4. Togetsukyo Bridge

The Togetsukyo Bridge is an iconic bridge in Arashiyama. Togetsukyo Bridge is also translated as the ‘Moon Crossing Bridge’. It is also best known for its magnificent and scenic view of the Katsura River. It is a 509 ft long bridge which has several shops and restaurants nearby.

Things to do in Arashiyama
View from the bridge
5. Orgel Music Box Shop in Arashiyama

No trip to Arashiyama is complete without buying souvenirs. There are several shops selling small touristy souvenirs but I prefer buying unique souvenirs. I recommend visiting the Orgel Music Box Shop located near the Togetsukyo Bridge.

Orgel Music Box Kyoto
Music Boxes
Orgel Musix Box
Orgel Music Box Shop
Orgel Music Box Shop

Check out what else we did in Kyoto :

Kyoto One Day Itinerary

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Ever since starting her travel blog on April 2019, Fae has loved taking photographs of new places and sharing them online. Now, in her 20s, take a peek in her life as she pulls you into a world of travel, food and lifestyle.

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