Japan 2016 (Day 5.1): Arashiyama, Kyoto’s Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Tenryu-ji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Randen Arashiyama Station

After visiting the Sailormoon Exhibit at Roponggi, we went straight to Shinjuku for our night bus. We boarded around midnight and arrived at Osaka around 9 A.M. Then, we rode the train to Kyoto (to visit shrines) and went back to Osaka (to roam around Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori) for our night bus back to Tokyo. We only stayed at the Kansai area for a day, so we made the most of it. 

Arrival at Osaka

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Our night bus dropped us off at Umeda Sky Building. We walked to the train station, which is a few minutes walk. Our train ride to Arashiyama was nearly an hour… and the bad news is it’s still raining. Not that rainy when we were in Tokyo, but it was gloomy. OTL

We bought a one-day bus only pass since there are few JR Lines in Kyoto. It’s only 500yen! The train station master also gave us a map, so we won’t be confused about the routes and which bus to ride.

Togetsu-kyo Bridge

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The Togetsu-kyo Bridge, or the Moon Crossing Bridge, is a 10-minute walk from the station. En route, you will see mountains and rivers. It’s truly relaxing to roam around. The scenery here is better when you visit during spring or fall.

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After crossing the bridge, you will see many shops. They offer food, souvenirs, and many other products and services. You can rent a kimono and even ride a rickshaw (see above) pulled by a single man. He will also serve as your tourist guide.

My favorite souvenir shop is near the bus stop! (See below)

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Tenryu-ji Temple

Walk further from the shops and you’ll see the entrance to Tenryu-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are many picture-perfect spots in the area, so if you have the time, it’s best to roam around.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

From Tenryu-ji Temple, we walked back to the shopping area. If you’re looking for an affordable place to eat, this food stand at the entrance of the Bamboo Grove is a good choice. They sell udon, soba, and many other dishes. There are no seats and it only has three standing tables, so you have to find a spot where you can eat comfortably.

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Randen Arashiyama Station

Around the shopping area, you’ll see Randen Arashiyama Station. The first floor is full of small shops selling food, while the second floor has souvenir shops. If you’re looking for a public lavatory and toilet, they have one on the second floor.

Straight ahead, you’ll see these kimono fabric-like stands! If you want to see Arashiyama at night, you can check Ashley’s post.

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Around the Arashiyama area alone, you can visit many places. If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto, you shouldn’t miss these tourist spots!

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