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Kyoto/Arashiyama

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Arashiyama (嵐山) is located in Kyoto, and this western part of the city is unfairly dismissed in most Western guidebooks in a brief paragraph suggesting "other attractions". While there are far fewer sights that as a standalone place are worth going to Arashiyama just for that alone, the area actually has a number of good sights, and collectively makes up a worthwhile half or full day outing.

Get in[edit]

Tenryū-ji

By train[edit]

Local trains of the Sagano Line (Sanin Main Line) depart from Kyoto Station and stop at three stations in the northwest part of the city, including Saga-Arashiyama (a good starting point for exploring the Arashiyama area). Note that express services may not stop at the stations you need to disembark at, so it's usually best to rely on local trains.

The Matsuo area is served by the Hankyū Arashiyama Line, which branches off from the Hankyū Kyōto Main Line at Katsura Station.

The Randen tram line, Kyoto's only surviving streetcar, ends at Arashiyama Station, directly in the heart of the area. The main line runs from the central city at Shijo-Omiya, while the Kitano branch line travels to Hakubaicho, serving several sites in the northern city. Fare is a flat ¥200, and an all-day pass is ¥500.

By subway[edit]

Although the municipal subway system doesn't go to Arashiyama, travelers coming from other parts of the city (especially Central and Higashiyama) can use the Tōzai Line where they can transfer at Nijō Station to JR trains running on the Sagano Line (Sanin Main Line), or take the subway to its terminus at Uzumasa Tenjingawa Stn and then catch a Randen tram to Randen Arashiyama Stn.

By bus[edit]

Bus 11, 28, and 93 will get you to the Arashiyama area. The 91 Bus will take you to Daikakuji. The Matsuo area can also be reached using Bus 28, and it's the only bus that travels to this area from Kyoto Station.

See[edit][add listing]

Togetsukyo Bridge
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (a.k.a. Sagano Bamboo Forest) (嵐山竹林の小径, ''Arashiyama Takebayashi no Komichi''), (Next to Tenryuji), [1]. This place is easily the most popular place in Arashiyama, though you can be done with it in less than 30 minutes and there are better sights. In fact there are huge crowds of people going there every day and if you want to see it to enjoy its tranquility, getting there in the very early morning or evening is highly recommended. Here you can see a large grove of bamboo heading in several directions. A small shrine located amidst Arashiyama's famous bamboo forest is Nonomiya Shrine. It was here that women were once trained prior to becoming shrine maidens at Ise Shrine, the holiest Shinto Shrine in Japan. Free.  edit
  • Togetsukyō Bridge (渡月橋). This 155 meter long bridge spans the Katsura River, and has a history going back to 836. It's very famous and romanticized, appearing in ukiyo-e paintings by Hiroshige in 1853. Its modern version, built in 1934, is a ferro-concrete bridge with cars and trucks rushing through all day, and while it can look nice in cherry blossom season as well as in late November for the autumn leaves, it is one of the most overrated spots in Japan. Free.  edit
  • Tenryūji (天龍寺), 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobaba-cho (Main entrance near the busy Togetsukyō Bridge intersection), 075-881-1235, [2]. 8:30AM–5PM. One of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the main temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto; it's also considered one of Kyoto's Five Great Zen Temples. Tenryuji was founded in 1334, but the current buildings all date from the last century: pleasant, but unremarkable. However, there is a lovely garden and pond, designed by the Zen master Musō Soseki, that is worth a look - and well worth taking a leisurely stroll around. Plus, you can see much of the temple from the garden with the garden-only ticket. After your walk, head out the back way and through the splendid bamboo forest to reach the Ōkōchi Sansō villa (see below). ¥500 for garden, ¥800 for the garden & temple.  edit
  • Hogonin (宝厳院), 075-861-0091, [3]. 9AM–5PM. This temple is actually a sub-temple of Tenryūji, established in 1461, and in some ways surpasses Tenryūji's beauty in many ways. Its "Lion's Roar Garden" explodes in gold, red and orange in the second half of November, its dry rock "Sea of Suffering" garden is a reflection of its Zen teaching, plus it has some excellent artwork, such as its 11-face Kannon, fusuma sliding doors, and outside the entrance, the numerous rakan statues. Offers special evening hours in November lighting up its autumn trees. ¥500.  edit
Ōkōchi Sansō
  • Ōkōchi Sansō (大河内山荘), (Near the bamboo grove behind Tenryūji), 075-872-2233, [4]. 9AM-5PM. A splendid mountain retreat, previously occupied by Japanese silent screen legend Ōkōchi Denjirō. The grounds have something beautiful to offer each season but are probably at their best during autumn, when the trees explode into fiery shades of red and gold. Take a long, leisurely walk through the villa's beautiful gardens and savor the fine views of the city below. There is a small museum on the grounds dedicated to the former owner's life and work, but there is no entering of the former residence. ¥1000; includes green tea and a small dessert.  edit
A family of Monkeys in Monkey Park
  • Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama (嵐山モンキーパークいわたやま), Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, 075-872-0950, [5]. 9AM–4:30PM, last entry 4PM. A great place for those getting "templed-out" in the city, feeding the macaque monkeys atop the mountain is worth the entrance fee (and the demanding climb). Don't bring food up with you, though - peanuts and apple slices are on sale inside the shack on top of the mountains, and the only place allowed to feed the monkeys. There's a small pond next to the shack, and when clear, there is a good view over the city. ¥550.  edit
  • 19th Century Hall, (Just outside Saga Arashiyama Stn). A museum covering the unlikely combination of steam locomotives and pianos. Probably best to look at it from the outside, and listen to the amusing tinny music it blasts out.  edit
Sharing a cup at Otagi Nenbutsuji
  • Otagi Nenbutsuji (愛宕念仏寺), 2-5 Fukatani-cho (By #72 bus from Kyoto Stn to Otagidera-Mae, or within Arashiyama, catch #62 or #72.), 075-865-1231, [6]. 8AM-5:00PM. Despite being unknown to virtually all the guidebook "experts", it's one of the true unknown gems of Kyoto and one of the most whimsical places you'll ever see in Japan. It was founded in the 8th century; by turns it was destroyed by flood, fire and a typhoon. It's near the end of Saga Toriimoto, one of Kyoto's 3 historic preservation districts. Once through the gate, you'll find over 1200 small rakan statues, each with its own unique character - no two are the same. The statues were carved in 1981 by amateurs under the direction of master sculptor Kocho Nishimura. Moss and forest have begun to reclaim the area, and if you've ever wondered what Angkor Wat would look like crossed with Japanese kawaii, this is your chance. ¥300.  edit
  • Kimono Forest (キモノフォレスト), 35-28 Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku (At the Randen Arashiyama Stn), 075-873-2121, [7]. An unusual artistic display of 600 poles decorated in kimono type of designs. Even better in the evening when they are lit up, and worth seeing before leaving the area.  edit
  • Daikakuji (大覚寺), 4 Saga-Osawa-cho (20 min walk north of Saga-Arashiyama Stn), 075-871-0071, [8]. 9AM-5PM last entry 4:30PM. While it is a temple today, originally, it was the villa of Emperor Saga (786-842). It is well-known by those who practice Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, as it is the birthplace of Saga Goryu, a school of Ikebana. Often, there are examples of Saga Goryu near the entrance to the temple. The temple itself is reasonably large, with some artwork inside. The view of the Osawanoike Pond is quite relaxing. ¥500 for adults, ¥300 for pond.  edit
  • Adashino Nenbutsuji (あだし野念仏寺), 17 Sagatoriimoto, Adashino-cho, Ukyo-ku, 075-861-2221, [9]. 9AM-4:30PM. The famous Priest Kukai established this temple to say prayers for Arashiyama's dead. The temple grounds are filled with approximately 8000 Buddhist statues, each representing an unknown or forgotten person. Although it is famous for its statues like Otagi Nenbutsuji, Adashino Nenbutsuji is a spiritual place and a graveyard, so it has more greater historical and spiritual significance, as well as being impressive and beautiful. If you take a walk through the small bamboo-lined path to the upper area, you'll find actual grave sites instead of the statues in the lower area. There is also an area similar to the purification spots found at most temples, however at this one, you are supposed to pour water on each of the statues as you walk around it. This is a form of reverence and worship, and the Japanese who enter (particularly those who come to the upper area) come to pray, so while it may be fun, try also to be respectful. ¥500.  edit
Gioji Temple
  • Gioji (祇王寺), 32 Sagatoriimoto, Kozakacho, Ukyo-ku, 075-861-3574, [10]. 9AM-5PM last entry 4:30PM. Mentioned in the Tales of Heike, this is the site where sisters Gio and Ginyo come to devote their lives to Buddhism. Although the temple itself is rather small, the visit is made worthwhile by its vivid bright green moss garden. Known as the "poor man's Kokedera", those unwilling or unable to visit the moss gardens of Kokedera (see below) may find it a fair substitute. Please note that the moss is at its best from June to autumn. For those also visiting Daikakuji, there is a ¥600 combo ticket. ¥300.  edit
  • Takiguchidera (滝口寺), 10-4 Sagakameyamacho, Ukyo-ku (Located on the same road as Gioji, at the end), 075-871-3929, [11]. 9AM-5PM. A quiet, peaceful temple of less interest than nearby Gioji Temple. It's at its most beautiful in summer or late November. ¥300.  edit
  • Jojakkoji Temple (常寂光寺), 3 Sagaogurayama, Oguracho, Ukyo-ku, 075-861-0435, [12]. 9AM-5PM. This temple is quite beautiful in the autumn when the leaves are changing, and the view of the city from just above the pagoda is a truly spectacular. ¥400.  edit
  • Nisonin Temple (二尊院), 27 Saganisonin Monzen Chojincho, Ukyo-ku, 075-861-0687, [13]. 9AM-4:30PM. A large temple complex that houses two ancient sculptures of Buddha; one of Shakamuni Buddha and the other of Amida Buddha. It also houses the graves of some famous Japanese people. The best time by far is to visit in the second half of November to see its magnificent autumn leaves. ¥500.  edit
  • Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture (嵯峨嵐山文華館), 11 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku (Next to Tenryuji), 075-882-1111, [14]. 10AM–5PM, Closed Tue. A museum for classical Japanese poetry and literature, for any waka poem or Tale of Genji fans. Includes art work related to the many poets and stories, located close to where they were written a thousand years ago. ¥900.  edit
  • Hokyoin (宝筐院), 9 Sagashakado Monzen Minamichuincho, Ukyo-ku, 075-861-0610, [15]. 9AM–4PM, 4:30 in Nov. Home to the graves of the court's former enemies, Hokyoin is generally known only to the locals, and has some gardens that are simply stunning - with cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, deep green plants and beautiful moss garden in summer, and best of all, its amazing colors in late November for the autumn leaves. ¥500.  edit
  • Seiryoji (清凉寺), 46 Sakashakado Fujinokicho, Ukyo-ku, 075-861-0343, [16]. 9AM–4PM, Apr-May Oct-Nov ~5PM. This is the former home of Toru Minamoto believed to be the one who inspired the famous Tale of Genji in the early 11th century. The temple have several impressive wooden structures like its main gate, pagoda, and main hall, plus a nice pond garden and wonderful autumn colors in November. In Apr, May, Oct, and Nov on the 8th of the month, from 11 AM the treasure house is open with extended hours (entrance raised to ¥700). ¥400.  edit
  • Hōrinji (法輪寺), 16 Arashiyama Kokugozoyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, 075-862-0013, [17]. 9AM–5PM. One of the five head Shingon temples in Kyoto and with a history going back to 713. The Boddhisatva Akasagarbha is enshrined in this temple. The complex offers a nice view of Kyoto City. The lights here are quite beautiful during the autumn Kyoto Light-Up.  edit
  • Daihikaku Senkoji (大悲閣千光寺), 62 Arashiyama Nakaoshitacho, Nishikyo-ku, 075-861-2913, [18]. 10AM–4PM. This temple was built as a memorial temple for those who died while working on dams and other projects under Suminokura Ryoi. There are a variety of monuments and statues on the temple grounds, and a haiku from the famous poet Matsuo Bassho was written about the cherry blossoms on the temple grounds. The walk along the Hozu River leading to the temple is arguably more enjoyable than the temple itself, as the water often displays quite vivid blues and greens. The views of the mountains and river valley are gorgeous, especially in autumn. ¥400.  edit
  • Kōryūji (広隆寺), 32 Uzumasa Hachiokacho, Ukyo Ward, 075-861-1461. 9AM-5PM. Koryuji is the oldest temples, dating back to the 12th century. You can see a wonderful moss garden from late spring. There is also a museum that also houses the Miroku Bosatsu, the first item in the nation to be designated a National Treasure (no photography is allowed). ¥700.  edit
  • Tōei Kyoto Studio Park, 10 Uzumasa Higashihachioka-cho, 075-864-7716, [19]. 10AM-5PM. A unique theme park in Kyoto featuring movie sets from a variety of famous Japanese television shows, which visitors can explore. Old Japan is recreated about as well as it can be. Demonstrations, performances, and on-sight filming are all part of the experience. Inside, you can see costumes from famous children's shows. ¥2400.  edit
  • Fukuda Art Museum (福田美術館), 3-16 Susukino Baba-cho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-ku (Next to Randen Arashiyama Stn), 075-863-0606 (fax: 075-863-0607), [20]. 10AM-5PM last entry 4:30PM, Closed Tue. Established in 2019, this museum is made up of over 1500 art works by major artists from the Edo Period to the modern era, with an emphasis on pieces from Kyoto painters. Has several rotating displays. ¥1200.  edit

Matsuo area[edit]

Located just south of Arashiyama, the Matsuo area is rarely mentioned in most guidebooks however, it does have a few interesting sites, particularly Kokedera, a World Heritage Site and Matsuo Taisha which the area is named after.

  • Matsuo Taisha (松尾大社), 3 Arashiyama Miyamachi, Nishikyo Ward, 075-871-5016, [21]. Shrine 5AM-6PM, Treasure house 9AM-4PM. A shrine that's rarely visited by foreigners, Matsuo Taisha is a popular place for sake brewers to pray. The shrine existed prior to the establishment of Kyoto as Japan's capital and later received offerings from the Heian court. The shrine is famous for its water, said to be pure, as well as its interesting gardens and landscape. Shrine is free, ¥500 to see shrine treasures and garden.  edit
Katsura Imperial Villa
  • Katsura Imperial Villa (桂離宮), Katsuramisono, Nishikyo-ku (About 15-20 min walk from Hankyū Katsura Stn, 5-8 min walk from Katsura Rikyū-mae bus stop), 075-211-1215, [22]. A real cultural treasure, renowned for its magnificent gardens and fine classical architecture. You can obtain permission to join a tour of the property either through the Imperial Household Agency's official website (with detailed instructions [23]) or by applying in person at the agency's Kyoto office (near the Imperial Palace). Be sure to apply well in advance of your visit: slots are extremely limited and the much sought-after online permits are rationed out through a lottery selection process. There are so many applying that there is a ¥1000 yen fee to enter (collected upon entry). It's one of the few Imperial properties with tours in English. Be aware that you can only see the place as part of a strict, 60 minute led by the nose tour. There is no exploration or lingering allowed. Some buildings are open so you can peer inside, but you are not allowed to enter any. ¥1000.  edit
  • Umenomiya Shrine (梅宮大社), 30 Umezu Fukenokawacho, Ukyo-ku, 075-861-2730, [24]. 9AM–5PM. This shrine is oddly dedicated to gods of both easy delivery and sake, because it is believed that the goddess Saketokekono was so delighted at the birth of her son that she made and drank sake. In addition, the stone to the right (upon entering) is believed to ensure pregnancy to any woman who steps over it, as a former Empress originally originally thought barren got pregnant after stepping over this stone. What sets this shriner apart is a beautiful shrine garden with flowers from spring and a large koi pond, as well as being an unofficial cat shrine, with numerous cats being taken care of on the premises. Bring cat treats for some new friends. Shrine free, garden ¥600.  edit
  • Suzumushi-dera (華厳寺), 31 Matsumurojikecho, Nishikyo-ku, 075-381-3830, [25]. 9AM-5PM. "Suzumushi-dera" means "cricket temple", since there is a large case of crickets all along the wall inside the temple. Ever since the temple was featured on Japanese television, large crowds have gone to visit, but don't be scared away. The purpose is to enjoy the crickets chirping, so upon entering, visitors are treated to tea, a snack, and a speech by one of the temple's priests (in Japanese, about 20 minutes). He talks about the crickets and makes a shameless plug for the charms sold at the temple and then the next group is allowed in. In order to keep the crickets chirping, they have to keep the temple warm, making it great for winter travelers. ¥500.  edit
  • Kokedera, 56 Jingatani-cho, Matsuo, 075-391-3631, [26]. 10AM~, TBD by the temple. Kokedera, a.k.a. Saihoji, opened to the public in 1928, is one of Kyoto's World Heritage Sites, and famous for is beautiful moss garden with over 120 types of moss. Due to huge numbers of tourists stepping on and killing the moss, the temple limits the number of visitors and requires a reservation to visit. The only accepted method is by postal mail at least two weeks and up to 2 months in advance, preferably as early as possible. You need to send a letter giving them your name, the number of people in your party, and the date(s) you prefer to visit along with a self-addressed stamped envelope for them to send their response back to you. If already in Japan you can request an "ofuku hagaki" and if outside of Japan you can request an International Reply Coupon (IRC) to cover the postage. Here is the temple's address:
    Saihoji Temple Worship Clerk
    56 Matsuo, Jingatani-cho, Nishikyo-ku,
    Kyoto 615-8286
    Japan
    Note however that America no longer has IRCs, so you would need to use a middleman like Voyagin. The temple chooses the hour of your visit within a range of dates you specify, and if very busy they may suggest a day earlier or later, so it will help to be flexible in your schedule. All visitors must be at least 12 years old. You must be punctual or else you may be denied entry. Be aware also that photos of Kokedera online are mostly from the garden at its height of beauty in summer or autumn (but the unrelenting rainy season, June to early July, may dampen your experience). In winter to the first half of spring, the moss is far less attractive. If accepted, you pay on arrival. While the ¥3000 price is Japan's most expensive for a temple, keep in mind that along with a tour of the garden, you will also listen to a monk recite sutras and even get to copy the sutras yourself. You will need to sit on your legs or cross-legged for nearly an hour. If that is not possible you may be able to request a low chair to use. For those who visit, it is often one of their best memories.
    ¥3000.  edit
  • Jizoin (地蔵院), 23 Yamadakitanocho, Nishikyo-ku (10 min walk west of Hankyu Kami-Katsura Stn), 075-381-3417 (fax: 075-381-3417), [27]. 9AM–4:30PM. Highlights of this beautiful temple, established in 1367 and still mostly unknown to the tourist mobs, are its gorgeous bamboo grove as you enter, plus its autumn colors, and summertime moss garden. ¥500.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Sagano Romantic Train, [28]. Trains depart from Torokko Saga Station every hour from 8:50AM-4:50PM and from Torokko Arashiyama Station every hour from 8:53AM-4:53PM. A scenic ride on a steam train through the Arashiyama area taking you as far as Kameoka, especially nice in late November for the autumn colors. Many people enjoy riding the train to Kameoka and then taking the Hozu River Cruise back to Arashiyama. ¥600.  edit
  • Hozu River Cruise (保津川下り), (From JR Kyoto Stn take the JR Sagano Line to JR Kameoka Stn (approx. 20 min by rapid express) and go left when you exit for 10 min), 077-122-5846, [29]. Mid-Mar thru Nov 1x/hr frm 9 AM, Closed Mon. See their website.. A variety of boats, small or large, both rowed and motored, are waiting on either side of the river. Be sure to confirm how far and for how long the trip goes, though. Some are up to 2 hours, and others will do a quick turnaround in less then 20 minutes. Be prepared to get splashed and take appropriate precautions for electronic equipment. The drop off point leaves you near Iwatayama Monkey Park, a great location to begin your stroll around the sights of Arashiyama. ¥4100 adults, ¥2700 children.  edit
  • Ride in a Rickshaw, 075-864-4444, [30]. For those looking to experience Kyoto from a different perspective, traveling in a rickshaw allows you to do just that. You can arrange where they will take you (and check the fees, of course) and then they will take a picture of you inside the rickshaw. Depending on where you are, you may even be able to get the Togetsukyo Bridge in the background. While you travel, the rickshaw puller will tell you about the area and the local sites, so you can learn a lot, if you understand Japanese. You can find the rickshaws around Togetsukyo Bridge. ¥5000-7000, depending on where you go.  edit
  • Fufunoyu Hot Springs (風風の湯), 1 Arashiyama Kamikawaracho, Nishikyo-ku (north of Hankyu-Arashiyama Stn, near the river), 075-863-1126, [31]. 12–8PM. A modest but clean and modern hot spring complex, with both indoor and outdoor baths for each sex. A great way to relax after a long day in Arashiyama and sample the onsen experience, without trekking to a mountain resort or an expensive ryokan stay. Just make sure you brush up on your etiquette first. ¥1000 w/d ¥1200 w/e (towel ¥200).  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Most of the areas shops and dining are located along Tenryuji Tsukurimichi-cho, which runs from the Togetsukyo Bridge up to Seiryoji Temple.

  • Kosumosu (こすもす), 20-1 Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku (at Randen Saga Stn), [32]. 10AM–5:30PM. A nice souvenir shop with a variety of goods, as well as many local souvenirs.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Café & Bar Rue Ribéra (リュ・リベラ), 31 Nishinokyo Minamienmachi, Nakagyo-ku (Near Enmachi Stn on the Sagano Line.), 075-812-2351, [33]. 7PM–1AM Closed Tue. A small restaurant and bar. The owner speaks English.  edit


  • Shinpachi Tea House (新八茶屋), 20-40 Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichi-cho, 075-861-0117, [34]. 9AM-6PM. Despite being called a teahouse, Shinpachi is popular for its gelatto ice cream. They also have ice cream cones and parfaits. It is also a souvenir shop, so visitors often enjoy eating their gelatto while browsing the shop. Gelatto single ¥350, double ¥400.  edit
  • Shintogetsu (新渡月), 20-40 Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, 075-882-9884, [35]. 11AM-5PM. Serves a variety of meal set, with soba and the famous yodofu (tofu) being among the most popular. ¥650~.  edit
  • Unagi Hirokawa (うなぎ屋 廣川), 44-1 Saga Tenryuji Kitatsukurimichi-cho, 075-871-5226, [36]. Tue-Sun 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5PM-8PM. A great restaurant for those who enjoy eating eel. ¥1575~.  edit
  • ExCafe, 35-3 Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichicho Ukyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto (73m from Arashiyama.), 075-882-6366, [37]. 10AM–6PM. It is well known as an old Japanese-style house cafe, that has traditional Japanese sweets such as, odango, zenzai, and maccha parfait, and you can relax in the soothing atmosphere. Most popular menu is the odango, which you can roast it yourself. Odango comes with a mini-size Japanese small charcoal grill. ¥1000-¥2000.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Arashiyama has very few bars. Consider traveling to Central Kyoto for the widest variety of drinking options.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most travelers will stay in Central or Northern Kyoto instead, and visit Arashiyama only for the day.

Budget[edit]

  • Hotel Arashiyama (ホテル嵐山), 1-3 Arashiyama Kamikawaracho, Nishikyo-ku (15 min walk from Sanin Line Saga-Arashiyama Stn), [38]. ¥6500.  edit

Temple lodgings[edit]

  • Rokuōin (鹿王院), 24 Kitahori-cho, Saga, Ukyo-ku (6 min walk from Saga-Arashiyama Stn), 075-861-1645. Only for female visitors. 10 rooms with a maximum capacity of 30; during peak season, guests traveling alone may be asked to share a room with another single guest; towels not provided; one bath. Crowded during autumn foliage season. Curfew at 7:30 PM. Closed during New Year's holidays. ¥4500 per person with breakfast.  edit

Hostels[edit]

  • Bola Bola Guest House, 25-17 Horigauchi-cho Uzumasa, Ukyo-ku (near JR Uzumasa Stn on the western part of Kyoto), 075-861-5663, [39]. checkin: 3PM-12AM; checkout: 11 AM. A friendly and well kept guest house. The owner speaks English and is very willing to help foreign guests. ¥2500 dorm, ¥3500 sgl room (¥2500 ea. for 2 or more people).  edit
  • Utano Youth Hostel, 9 Nakayama-cho, Uzumasa, 075-462-2288, [40]. checkin: 3-11:30PM; checkout: 10AM. A convenient and affordable hostel in Arashiyama. They offer bike rentals for ¥600/day (or ¥200/hour), allowing you to easily see most of Arashiyama or explore much of Northwestern Kyoto in a day. They also have their own tennis court and barbeque grill available for use by guests. Reservations can be made online. Prices start at ¥3300 (¥2800 for ages 18 and under).  edit

Midrange[edit]

  • Kyoto Ranzan (京都嵐山ご清遊の宿らんざん), 33 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, 0120-75-0084, [41]. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Has both western and Japanese style accommodations and conveniently located next to Tenryūji. ¥12,500~.  edit

Contact[edit]

For the latest info on events, happenings, and things to do, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Association.



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