The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world. The walking paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk or bicycle ride. The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries.
North of central Arashiyama the atmosphere becomes less touristy and more rural, with several small temples scattered along the base of the wooded mountains. The area north of the Togetsukyo Bridge is also known as Sagano, while the name "Arashiyama" technically just refers to the mountains on the southern bank of the river but is commonly used to name the entire district.
The Togetsukyo Bridge which literally means Moon Crossing Bridge is Arashiyama's most iconic landmark. It was originally built during the Heian Period (AD 794 - AD 1185). The bridge looks particularly attractive in combination with the forested mountainside in the background.
Many small shops, restaurants and other attractions are found nearby, including Tenryuji Temple, bamboo groves and pleasure boats that are available for rent on the river. A riverside park with dozens of cherry trees is located just adjacent to the bridge.
** Now we understand that you may be very boring to see Japanese temples. OK. We will show you another recommendation that is Arashiyama Monkey Park, where you can see a lots of Japanese monkeys. As you know that curiosity is the predominant characteristic of monkeys, they could be very ferocious according to the time and circumstances.
You can see the Kyoto tower from Catholic House, which is useful as a landmark. And there is Kyoto Station in front of the tower. The fastest access from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is provided by the JR Sagano Line (also known as JR Sanin Line). The one way ride to Saga-Arashiyama Station takes 15 minutes. From Saga-Arashiyama Station, Bamboo Grove can be reached in 10 min walk.
** Bus lines connect Arashiyama with several parts of Kyoto, however, it is recommended to access Arashiyama by train to avoid the risk of getting stuck in traffic jams.