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Arashiyama, Kyoto

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For centuries a source of respite and escape, Arashiyama offers a glimpse of natural beauty outside of Kyoto. The district has a variety of outdoor activities: visit the Japanese macaques in the monkey park, or take a rowboat out onto the lake. Don't miss the bamboo grove, a gentle uphill trail through densely packed stalks, ending at a historic imperial villa and its surrounding landscaped gardens. To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The bamboo forest is quite beautiful although it was very crowded so not very serene and peaceful. Perhaps getting there really early in the morning or late afternoon before/after the crowds would be ...  more »
  • Its very large area and take lot of effort to walk to arrive the bamboo garden. Please wear hat or bring umbrella, its hot when i went there but its worth to visit to see beautiful green scenery.  more »
  • It was also in the summer of spring is also the landscapes are stark, and I had even called coffee Arabica from Kyoto to Osaka on the Hankyu, Hanshin pass daily before proceeding pass?? Is one of 800 yen breaking kawaramachi-Arashiyama-kawaramachi-Osaka so I went back ㅎ ㅎ
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  • Beautiful bamboo grove near Kyoto. Went in early evening and walking through the grove was very peaceful and enjoyable. There is a Soy ice cream place right next to the entrance and serves some amazing Soy ice cream. A must visit when you are in Kyoto.
  • Very picturesque, but can get crowded during the day. We visited at about 830am. There were several other tourists at that time but not too many. If you wanna escape the crowd, I recommend visiting in the early morning or in the evening just before sunset. But if you want to see the bamboo grove in the best lighting, you'll have to jostle with the other visitors at midday.
  • Get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and take a stroll or bike around the place. Me personally, I prefer to stroll amidst the shade of bamboos towering all over the park. Very relaxing and for a moment you tend to forget the civilization that lies nearby. Visit early morning if you can and feel good for the rest of the day.
  • A very beautiful park in a nice part of town. Spectacular greenery and a pretty lake. Majestic mountains. The bamboo forest is so tall and mighty it's a little humbling.
  • Beautiful in every season. If you want to explore more about this area, better to buy one day bus pass, cost 400¥.

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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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