Renting a boat is a nice way to get a different view of Arashiyama. It's especially recommended for those with children in tow.
Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama
Though it is common to spot wild monkeys in the nearby mountains, here you can encounter them at a close distance and enjoy watching the...
For a tasty bowl of soba noodles and a million-dollar view over the Arashiyama mountains and the Togetsu-kyō bridge, head to this...
Saga Tenryū-ji, Susukinobaba-chō, Ukyō-ku · interesting places nearby
This bridge is the dominant landmark in Arashiyama and is just a few minutes on foot from either the Keifuku line or Hankyū line Arashiyama stations. The original crossing, constructed in 1606, was about 100m upriver from the present bridge.
On 13 April jūsan-mairi, an important rite of passage for local children aged 13, takes place here. Boys and girls (many in kimono), after paying respects at Hōrin-ji (a nearby temple) and receiving a blessing for wisdom, cross the bridge under strict parental order not to look back towards the temple until they’ve reached the northern side of the bridge. Not heeding this instruction is believed to bring bad luck for life!
From July to mid-September, this is a good spot from which to watch ukai (cormorant fishing) in the evening. If you want to get close to the action, you can pay ¥1700 to join a passenger boat. The Tourist Information Center can provide more details.
You can also rent boats from the boat-rental stal l just upstream from the bridge. It’s a nice way to spend some time in Arashiyama and kids love it.