The mountain backdrop of Arashiyama is incredibly. The streets are lined with souvenir shops, restaurants selling local cuisine and street foods. Of course this is the location of the famous bamboo forest plus some very well renowned temples. You can take a rickshaw ride and be guided by a local as well.
This is hands down the best spot in Kyoto
There is a beautiful bamboo forest which will send your mind back into what you thought Japan would be, and fulfills those dreams.
Nearby is a small street of shops selling traditional Japanese nick-nacks and trinkets along with traditional foods.
At the end of the street is a wonderful river with a old bridge over it, it's a very nice view, especially in summer, with the green mountains in the background.
There is also a monkey park over the other side of the river and slightly up the river, which has the best view of Kyoto. And monkeys, don't forget monkeys.
Go to Arashimyama, you will not be disappointed!
It was a wonderful day visiting here. Very beautiful sunshine, gentle breeze, fresh air and blue sky. Right after getting off the bus with my 1-day Kyoto bus pass, the first thing we saw was the magnificent Togetsukyo Bridge and Katsura River. We took some photos, then found a cool cafe called % Arabica Coffee next to the bridge. If you are craving for a sip of coffee, this just comes handy. Besides escaping from the city life and enjoying the nature, you can see monkeys and raccoon if you are lucky enough! Good luck!
This is my favourite spot in Kyoto and every time I visit I am awestruck at the beauty of the place!
Arashiyama has a variety of things to do, from trying out the local snacks to wandering vast gardens and bamboo forests - so its best to plan at least a half day here. Visiting in the autumn when the leaves change is particularly beautiful because the whole mountainside (and gardens) become a rich red and orange colour.
My wife and I rented a boat for an hour on the southwest side of the bridge and it was a very romantic and peaceful row up the river. They even have little snack boats along the river where you can buy things like dango and ice cream!
Apart from the scenic views, there are lost of restaurants and places to buy traditional goods and souvenirs.
After walking around the area, you will probably be tired so I highly recommend you try the foot onsen near the randen train station. Here you can soak your feet in hot spring water and relax a bit before heading in to the city centre.