Sep. 06, 2023 UPDATE

Kyoto how to: Half day itinerary to enjoy Arashiyama to the max!

Arashiyama is a great place to spend half the day, enjoying the Bamboo Grove and taking the exciting boat ride down the river called Hozugawa Kudari!

Arashiyama may be a fit farther away from the city center, but it has been a popular sightseeing spot for decades in Kyoto. It’s most famous for the Bamboo Grove (also sometimes called Bamboo Forest), and many people come to Kyoto just to have their pictures taken here. There are also some very exciting extreme experiences you can have in Arashiyama, the main one of them being the boat ride down the Hozugawa River, Hozugawa Kudari. It’s also easy to find places to have lunch and buy souvenirs in Arashiyama, not to speak of afternoon tea. So if you want to have a fun day in Arashiyama, look no further!

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9:00 a.m. Hozugawa River

Hozugawa Riverboat rideTake a JR local train from Kyoto Station to Kameoka Station, and after walking for a few minutes, you’ll get to the starting point of the exciting boat ride of Hozugawa Kudari. It takes around two hours to get from Kameoka to Arashiyama. On the way there you can enjoy both the great scenery and the great skill of the men guiding the boat along the river currents. 

Address [Sagano Romantic Train] Kurumamichicho, Sagatenryuji ,Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8373 [Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride] Simonakazima, Hozucho, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto, 621-0005
Open Hours [Sagano Romantic Train] A train departs every hour from 9am to 5pm [Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride] March 10 to November 30 - 9:00 / 10:00 / 11:00 / 12:00 / 13:00 / 14:00 / 15:30 The middle of December 1 to March 9 - 10:00 / 11:30 / 13:00 / 14:30 *Service is irregular on weekends and holidays.

11:30 a.m. Bamboo Grove

Bamboo GroveArashyiamaThe best way to refreshen yourself if it’s a bit too hot in Kyoto is to take a walk in the Bamboo Grove! You can also see rickshaws by the grove, taxiing people from Arashyiama Station to the green bamboo wonderland. Remember to also take a look at Nonomiya Shrine

Address Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Open Hours Does not close

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1:00 p.m. Gyatei

What makes Gyatei unique is that it takes orthodox home-style side dishes and adapts them to the current era, bringing out a new appeal from them. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes that are familiar to both young and old alike.

Address 19-8 Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Open Hours 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Last orders at 2:30)

2:30 p.m. Arashiyama Shoryuen

Arashiyama ShoryuensouvenirsArashiyama Shoryuen is a shopping mall for souvenirs, and inside it, you can find many of Kyoto’s most famous shops, such as the pottery store famous for selling Kiyomizu-yaki, Asahido; one of Kyoto’s most famous tsukemono pickle shops, Nishiri; and Malebranche, which is famous for its matcha cookies. !

Address Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8385
Open Hours 10am-5pm (the closing time is extended depending on the season)

3:30 p.m. eX café Arashiyama main store

eX cafécake rollsIf you want to have afternoon tea, head toeX café Arashiyama main store! Their Japanese sundaes and cake rolls are excellent, and are the perfect way to end your day in Arashiyama! 

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Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
When talking of Arashihama, most people probably think of the Bamboo Grove, Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and Sagano Romantic Train! But if you have time, I recommend also going to experience the boat trip down the Hozugawa River and enjoy the nature of Arashiyama. Arashiyama truly is a great retreat from the business of central Kyoto!
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