In our blog, we have introduced so many places that you may like. Among these, you probably find that Kyoto has so many attractive places, and cultures. It is because that there are numerous cultural sightseeing spots such as classical buddish temples, shinto shrine, imperial places and traditional wooden houses. It means that many people confuse which spots they need to visit. Those who have the same question, I would like to share my kyoto tour experience. Let’s see it together!!
Arashiyama is located in western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. From kyoto station, it took about 40 minutes to reach arashiyama by train. There are some ways to go arashiyama, but most of them are a bit complicated. So I recommend you to catch JR line to sagaarashiama station(嵯峨嵐山駅). It is because if you take the JR line, you don’t need to change a train.
Despite visiting some sightseeing cities, the mysterious bamboo path in Arashiyama is a great chance to change your normal tour day in Kyoto. The 500m walking path in the bamboo groves make for a nice walk and bicycle ride. The groves become particularly attractive when nice sunshine and a light wind comes from the tall bamboos. In the bamboo forest, there is a shrine called Nonomura. If you want to see the sacred shrine with bamboo, please explore the photogenic forest.
When I went through the bamboo groves, I got lost. I was caught in the forest for about an hour. My legs could become sticks if I stack in there for more than 90 minutes. There are some paths in the forest so please watch your google map carefully to not get lost like me!!
~Sagano Scenic Railway~
The Sagano Scenic Railway runs seven kilometers from Arashiyama to nearby Kameoka. It took about a 25 minutes route from saga torokko station to kameoka torokko station. Saga torokko station is adjusted to JR saga-arashiyama station . There is also a rental bicycle spot in the station house so the access is very easy. You need to be careful that you must reserve seats before coming to Japan. It is because this trokko (old fashion train) is very famous for visitors. Four seasons ,Cherry blossom in spring, lush greens in summer, Japanese maples in fall, and snow in winter, attract many tourists. It means that there is no season that you don’t need to make a reservation.
I enjoyed the views from the torokko from saga torokko station to kameoka torokko station. Unfortunately, the day was cloudy and I couldn’t see beautiful lush greens, but still I could enjoy it.
If you want to know more about Kyoto, I posted about Mt. Daimonji in Kyoto on may 12 so please check it out too. I hope you will have great experience in Arashiyama!
Author: Satoshi Nakano