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[Kyoto ]If you visit Arashiyama/Saga, you should also stop by! 7 recommended sightseeing spots

[Kyoto ]If you visit Arashiyama/Saga, you should also stop by! 7 recommended sightseeing spots

2021-08-23 Management office

The Arashiyama-Saga area is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto, and a particularly famous sightseeing spot that you must visit when you come to Kyoto.
If you visit Arashiyama, here are some sightseeing spots that you may want to stop by. There are many attractive sightseeing spots in the Arashiyama-Saga area, so we have selected some that are easy to stop by and others that require reservations, so please start with the ones you are interested in and see the sights together.
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Arashiyama is famous for the Togetsu Bridge, which looks beautiful from any angle. In the background is Arashiyama, which has become a famous sightseeing spot in Kyoto, showing its seasonal changes.
There are many spots with spectacular views, and this Togetsu Bridge is the place where many people come with cameras to capture the moment. The bridge spans the Katsura River and is 155 meters long.

A small path in a bamboo grove with bamboo all around

The entire 400 meter path from Nomiya Shrine is a bamboo grove. This is also a popular photo spot. It is illuminated in winter, so be sure to go through.
Arashiyama is a great place to enjoy just strolling around the area, with souvenir stores and eateries stretching from the Wataratsuki Bridge onward.

"Facility Information "
Name: Chikurin no Koji (Path through the Bamboo Grove)
Address: 3463-1 Shuzenji, Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 410-2416
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: A bamboo forest path along the Katsura River is a popular tourist attraction as an installation spot.


It is said that you can hear the chirping of bell bugs all year round at Suzumo-ji Temple. It is said that any wish you make to the Happy Jizo will be granted. However, only one wish can be granted. The yellow amulet is popular, and it is said that there is a strong god for love.
The temple is also popular among people of all ages for its interesting, funny, and informative sermons.

A garden where you can relax.

After listening to the sermon, it is recommended to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the garden. The garden and the sound of bell insects will soothe your greedy heart, which has been filled with thoughts of wishes, and will help you relax and unwind.
There are 80 steps to Suzumo-ji Temple, which is the same number of steps to the paradise. Let's throw away our troubles one by one and head for Suzumo-ji Temple with a fresh mind.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Suzumushidera Temple
Address: 〒615-8294 31, Matsumurajiya-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-381-3830
Hours of operation: 9:00 - 16:30
Budget: 500 yen (with snacks and preaching)
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Enjoy preaching at the temple where it is said that you can hear bell bugs crying all year round. The Happy Jizo (guardian deity of happiness) is said to grant only one wish, no matter what it is.
URL: https://www.suzutera.or.jp/

temple in which resided a member of nobility or imperial family

The temple boasts a history of more than 1,100 years and is the head temple of the Daikakuji school of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.
This is a very prestigious temple, which was a detached palace of Emperor Saga in the early Heian period, and generations of imperial family members served as chief priests until the beginning of the Meiji period.

Daikakuji Temple is also famous as a filming location for period dramas and TV dramas.

Murasame no Rouka (Corridor of the village rain)

The corridor connecting Shinkyomae-den and Shinkyomae-den is called "Muraume-no-gairoi (corridor of rain in the village) ", which compares the vertical pillars to rain and the corridor with right-angle bends to lightning.

Japan's oldest garden pond "Osawa Pond "

The view from Osawa Pond, said to be the oldest man-made forest garden in Japan, is breathtaking.
During the fall foliage season, the trees on the temple grounds turn bright red, creating a very beautiful sight.
Look out for the autumn leaves reflected on the surface of the water and the lights at night.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Daikakuji Temple, the former Saga Imperial Palace's main temple (Daihonzan Daikakuji Temple)
Address: 4 Saga-Osawa-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 616-8411
Phone number: 075-871-0071
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Budget: Odo area: Adults 500 yen / Elementary, junior high and high school students 300 yen Oosawaike area: Adults 300 yen / Elementary, junior high and high school students 100 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: 15 minutes from Saga-Arashiyama Station on the JR Sanin Line
URL: https://www.daikakuji.or.jp/

Ebisuya Arashiyama Fohonten

A jinrikisha rickshaw driver will take you around in a rickshaw.
It is 3,000 yen per section for two people, so it is helpful to have a guide and not have to walk.
They go around especially important tourist attractions, so it is a great way to see the sights without any omissions and without knowing the land. It is a rare opportunity to have young boys pulling a rickshaw with all their might!

A bit of superiority!

The fact that you can see it from a slightly elevated position also gives you a bit of a sense of superiority and makes you feel like a tourist.
If you want to take pictures along the way, you can stop and have them taken. If you want to see Arashiyama in a more maniacal way, you should definitely take a ride.

"Facility Information "
Name: Ebisuya Arashiyama Sohonten
Address: 3-24 Sagano-baba-cho, Tenryuji, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8385, Japan
Phone number: 075-864-4444
Business hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Closed: Open every day
Budget: 3,000-6,000 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities: You can take a rickshaw ride to the sightseeing spots in Arashiyama.
URL: http://ebisuya.com/branch/arashiyama/

Sagano Trolley Train

This is a trolley train that passes just barely through the Hozukyo gorge. It is a very popular train that offers a great sightseeing experience at a reasonable price for a 25-minute train trip. The train runs alongside the Hozu River, so you will feel as if you are riding through the overwhelming nature of the four seasons. The windows are wide and open, so you can almost reach out and touch it. On the Rich, even the ceiling is see-through and full of natural light.

Connects Arashiyama and Kameoka

It is recommended to ride from Kameoka to go sightseeing in Arashiyama, or to use the round-trip service.
It is conveniently linked to the transportation system, no matter which way you ride from.
At the most scenic spots, announcements are made and the speed is slowed down so that you can see the scenery at your leisure. On the way back, there is a boat ride down the Hozugawa River, so please enjoy Arashiyama.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Sagano Torokko Railway
Address: Saga Tenryuji Kurumamido-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8373, Japan
Phone number: 075-861-7444
Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Budget: Adults 630 yen / Children 320 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: A trolley train runs through the Hozukyo gorge. The see-through train provides a great sense of freedom.
URL: https://www.sagano-kanko.co.jp/index.php

Gui Li Gong

Katsura Rikyu, considered the finest of Japanese gardens, is also in the Arashiyama sightseeing area.
The garden is 69,000 m2 in size, and visitors are required to make an appointment with the Imperial Household Agency. The tour will be guided by a tour guide, and visitors will be guided through the garden, so you will not be able to tour freely.

You can also tour the inside of Shokintei.

The large checkered pattern is made to be just the right size when viewed from a distance, and since Katsura Rikyu is entirely based on the landscape, it will look even more beautiful when viewed from a different perspective than usual.
Old techniques are used throughout the building, making it enjoyable even if you go to visit without knowing anything about it.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Katsura Rikyu
Address: 〒615-8014 Katsura-Oen, Saikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-211-1215
Hours: Visiting course 9:00 - 3:30
Closed: Monday
Budget: 1,000 yen for 18 years and older
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: This imperial family-related facility offers a view of a wonderful Japanese garden on a 69,000 m2 site.
URL: https://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/guide/katsura.html

Tianlong Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple, a World Heritage site, features a garden with a pond garden system.
Along with seasonal flowers, you can enjoy the garden on a grand scale with Arashiyama in the background. In addition, at the directly managed vegetarian restaurant Sifting Moon, you can actually eat vegetarian cuisine. The menu offers a variety of healthful dishes made with only vegetables, wild vegetables, wild grasses, and seaweeds, without using any animal ingredients. Please note that reservations are required for these dishes.

Cannot be missed for sightseeing in Arashiyama!

The view from the porch of the building in this photo, the Daihojo, is said to be the best.
During the fall foliage season, it opens at 7:30 a.m., so you can avoid the crowds by aiming for early morning. It is beautiful any time of the year, but becomes especially popular during the fall foliage season.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Tenryuji Temple
Address: 68 Sagano-baba-cho, Tenryuji, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8385, Japan
Phone number: 075-881-1235
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Budget: Adults 500 yen / Children 300 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Be sure to visit the Japanese garden at Tenryuji Temple, which is registered as a World Heritage Site as a cultural asset of the ancient capital of Kyoto.
URL: http://www.tenryuji.com/

Sai Fong Temple

Saiho-ji Temple, with its soft green carpet of moss, is a World Heritage site with a pond garden. Everywhere you look, moss spreads out, creating the illusion that you have wandered into a world of nothing but greenery. Visitors are not allowed to visit the temple at any time, but must apply by return postcard. Last-minute applications can be made online from one week to one day prior to the tour. While postcard applications cost 3,000 yen per person, online applications cost 4,000 yen per person and include an original brush pen.

A garden that seems lost in a world of moss

The 35,000 m2 site has a magnificent garden that is free to wander around, but viewing only the garden is not permitted, as the main hall is originally intended to be a place of quiet worship for religious services. After viewing the main hall, visitors are allowed to tour the garden. There are about 120 different kinds of moss in the garden, and it is fun to compare them. It is a recommended sightseeing spot to heal the soul.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Saihoji Temple
Address: 56, Matsuo Kamigayacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, 615-8286, Japan
Phone number: 075-391-3631
Budget: 3,000 yen for postcard application / 4,000 yen for online application
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities: Known as Koke-dera (moss temple), this 35,000 m2 site is covered with 120 varieties of moss. Take a tour of the gardens of Saiho-ji Temple, which is also a World Heritage Site.
URL: http://saihoji-kokedera.com/top.html


We have collected only sightseeing spots that are typical of Kyoto, but were there any that caught your attention?
The Sagano Trolley Train is a great way to get to Arashiyama. You can enjoy not only the trolley train to and from, but also the river cruise to the tourist attractions.
I wish you enjoy your sightseeing in Arashiyama and Saga area!

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