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Togetsu-kyō information

Kyoto , Japan
Saga Tenryū-ji, Susukinobaba-chō, Ukyō-ku
Getting there
Bus: Kyoto City bus 28 from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama-Tenryuji-mae
Train: JR Sagano/San-in line to Saga-Arashiyama or Hankyū line to Arashiyama, change at Katsura
boat rental per hour ¥1400
Opening hours
boat-rental stall 9am-4.30pm
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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.