Arashiyama is the representative tourist destination in Kyoto. “Arashiyama”, which is commonly referred to at the present time, is a general term for tourism areas centered on Togetsu-kyo Bridge. Speaking of strict geographical names, the south coast of Togetsu-kyo Bridge is Arashiyama area and the north shore is Saga area.
Since the Heian period, Arashiyama has become a villa land of many aristocrats from its scenic land. “Boating” that the Emperor Daigo started was transmitted to the present age, and a houseboat in Arashiyama is still operating everyday. You can enjoy the same scenery that the noblemen in the Heian Period of distant past might have seen.
In addition, cormorant-fishing of Arashiyama which is a summer tradition is supposed to be the beginning of the court cormorant-fishing by Emperor Seiwa. It was revived though it was discontinued, and cormorant-fishing is still taking place in summer in Arashiyama now.
Togetsu-kyo Bridge, the symbolic presence of Kyoto Arashiyama is a 155 meter long bridge connecting the northern shore of Katsuragawa and Nakanoshima. The bridge connecting Nakanoshima to the south coast is another bridge called “Togetsu-kobashi”. However, it seems that they are often called “Togetsu-kyo bridge” together.
Spring Arashiyama is also selected as one of “100 Sakura Cherry Blossom Elections”, famous for its cherry blossoms. By the time cherry blossoms are bloomed, the cherry blossoms that the Emperor Saga transplanted from Yoshino dyes the mountain pink.
Also, Arashiyama in the autumn has been chosen as one of “100 favorite sights of Japanese autumn leaves”, the mountain facing crimson is exactly the best view. It is also the reason why Arashiyama is regarded as one of the best sightseeing spots throughout the country in that you can enjoy both cherry blossoms and autumn leaves in the same place.
Naturally, the summer greenery Arashiyama and Arashiyama wrapped in winter snow are also brilliant. It will not be easy for other places in Japan to be able to taste the four seasons dynamically so far. The word “scenic beauty” is a word for Arashiyama.
“Arashiyama” is popular recommended tourist attraction in Kyoto. It prospers as an aristocrat’s cottage place at the Heian period, and is also as a famous place of a cherry tree or autumnal leaves.
Although it is distant from the Kyoto city area, since many means of transportation, such as a train and a bus, is prepared, so this place is not difficult of access.
The Togetsu-kyo Bridge named from the anecdote “the moon seemed to cross a bridge”. This bridge is near to Hankyu Arashiyama Station, and there are a lot of tourists starting walk from here. The length of the bridge is 155m, and there is the sidewalk in a road, and is the spot that many walkers take a photograph against the background of Hozu-gawa River or Mt.Arashiyama.
Moreover, the view from Togetsu-kyo bridge shows a beautiful figure every season as “cherry-pink in spring” and “red leaves in autumn”.
How about getting on “a rickshaw” (man-pulled cart) if you demand a non-daily experience?
The main car stops are located on the north side in Togetsu-kyo bridge. Since many rickshaw men is calling out for prospective customers, if Togetsu-kyo is visited, it should be found rightly. One charge is about “2,000 to 3,000 yen”.
Mt.Arashiyama with an altitude of 375m which rises high over the south in Togetsu-kyo bridge is surrounded by beautiful nature, and is prosperous as a famous place of a cherry tree and autumnal leaves. Togetsu-kyo is a bridge which is proud of 155 m in full length applied to Katsuragawa river which flows through the center in the Arashiyama.
Arashiyama and Sagano around Togetsu-kyo bridge are scenic area with many famous places and highlights also in Kyoto.
In the neighborhood, there are Tenryu-ji temple and Nonomiya-jinja shrine of world heritage, and Shigureden (museum), and Okochi Sanso (Japanese garden) etc. and it is quite recommended also as a tourist route. Lighting of popular Togetsu-kyo bridge is performed in December and March.
|Address:||Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385 Japan|
|Access:||Hankyu-dentetsu Arashiyama-sen Line “Arashiyama-eki” (8 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81)75-411-9990 (Kyoto Prefecture Tourism Federation)|
|Price / Charge:||Free|