The Togetsu-kyo Bridge is the symbol of Arashiyama surrounded by wonderful scenery
Surrounded by wonderful scenery of nature, the Togetsukyo Bridge is one of the symbols of Arashiyama. Here you can listen to the relaxing sound of the river, spot rowing boats, and run into tourists enjoying their rickshaw rides. Although the river that crosses the bridge is one, the names differ splitting the river names into two. Although only one river runs under the bridge, the names differ on each side of the bridge. The river is called “Honzu River” on the west side of the bridge, and “Katsura River” on the east side.
Look Over The Bridge & Take In The Fresh Air
When in Arashiyama, you cannot miss the beautiful scenery of nature. Just take a moment to look over the bridge and take some pictures of the marvelous sight. See the hills of the mountains, movement of the river, and look at the trees that change the mountain’s face throughout the year. Many people visit during the fall season to capture the changing colors of the leaves. The Togetsukyo Bridge is a central symbol of Arashiyama.
Meet Tsukihashi Wataru
You may have seen illustrations of costumed characters around Japan. Often times, cities or tourist areas create their own original characters to help promote the area. In Arashiyama, a person-shaped character with the Togetsukyo Bridge on its back promotes the area and gives out event information to the public. He even has a Twitter account! Although it’s only in Japanese, he posts pictures from time-to-time, so why not check out what he is up to ? He is occasionally seen roaming around Arashiyama. [Tsukihashi Wataru Twitter]
Walk Across The Bridge
Togetsukyo bridge is an important bridge in Kyoto that connects the areas that are separated by this river. A traditional ritual is held on April 13 every year at this bridge. Young children cross the bridge after receiving blessings at a nearby temple, and they are told not to look back while making their way to the other side of the bridge. Not following the directions will results in bringing bad luck for life.
Sit on a bench
If you are coming from Randen Arashiyama Station, cross the bridge to find benches along the river. If you are coming from Hankyu Arashiyama Station, stay on the same side of the river to find this spot. Take a rest and relax for a moment after touring around the city.
Manner & Tips
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Be careful of the oncoming traffic. The area is full of visitors during day time so please be courteous of others taking pictures.
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Arashiyama Togetsukyo Bridge / 渡月橋
|Directions||6-minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station 7-minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station|
|Open Hours||Does not close|
|Closed||Does not close|
|Notes||For those planning to head out to the bamboo grove from Togetsukyo bridge: the walk takes about 15 minutes.|
|Credit cards||No fee required|
Easy to access
|Information||Look for free Arashiyama map at Randen Arashiyama station|
|Lanuages spoken||No staff at location|