Feb 23, 2017
If you are into nature sightseeing, Arashiyama is the place for you.
With the mountains as it's permanent backdrop, the picturesque town is located in the Western outskirt of Kyoto and takes about 30mins from Kyoto Station.
Upon exiting the Saga-Arashiyama Station, you can walk towards the main street of Arashiyama, leading to the famed Togetsu-kyo Bridge. The main street might seems like a tourist circus with not only foreigners but also Japanese from other parts of the country.
Lunch can be quickly settled with the many restaurants lined against the road and also strike off your " Souvenirs to get for ... " with the many souvenirs shop that pepper that area.
I highly recommend Nama Yatsuhashi, a specialty triangle mochi native to Kyoto.
Other then the typical Red Bean flavour, one might give the Melon flavoured one a try. It might come across as too modern for some traditional Japanese but the sweet refreshing taste proves to be a great relief to the heat.
Following the many directions provided in the area, one can find themselves walking towards the Kameyama-koen Park, Tenryu-ji Temple and on into the Bamboo Grove, the icon of Kyoto. Walking around allows you to discover the beauty of the area but if you are tired or need a guided tour, look out for the many rickshaw riders offering their services for a fee (starting from 3,000-4,000yen for 10mins of ride).
After that, walk around the residential area (please be cautious and do not walk into people's residential property) and you might come across some easter eggs such as cafes tuck away in the corner. Most of the cafe owners are used to tourist patronising and offer services such as free wi-fi,english menu and a good chat.
The Arashimaya area is somewhere that I can easily spend a whole day at. I highly recommend people coming to Kyoto to definitely include Arashimaya into their list.
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