Must-see attractions in Arashiyama & Sagano

  • Path through bamboo forest

    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    The thick green bamboo stalks seem to continue endlessly in every direction and there’s a strange quality to the light at this famous bamboo grove, which…

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Saiho-ji Temple, which is said to have been established by the monk Gyoki 1300 years ago, was restored and converted into a Zen temple by the monk Muso Soseki in 1339. The precincts are covered by more than 120 types of moss, resembling a beautiful green carpet - thus its other name, Kokedera Temple, which literally means Moss Temple. The garden, designated as a special place of scenic beauty, consists of a lower landscape garden surrounding a pond shaped like the Chinese character kokoro (heart), and an upper dry landscape-style rock garden built by Muso Soseki. This garden has exerted a great deal of influence on later Japanese gardens. The temple is registered as UNESCO World Heritage site as part of Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.


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    Saihō-ji, one of Kyoto's best-known gardens, is famed for its superb moss garden, hence the temple's nickname: Koke-dera (Moss Temple). The heart-shaped…

  • Kyoto, Japan - April 27, 2017: Hojo Hall and picturesque Sogen Garden or Sogenchi Teien with a circular promenade centered around Sogen-chi Pond in Tenryu-ji Zen Temple in Arashiyama. Springtime.


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    A major temple of the Rinzai school, Tenryū-ji has one of the most attractive gardens in all of Kyoto, particularly during the spring cherry-blossom and…

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Kyoto, Japan - October 5, 2015: Japanese gardens and main house (Daijokaku) in the Okochi Sanso villa in Arashiyama, Kyoto, the former home and garden of the Japanese period film amor Denjiro Okochi.

    Ōkōchi Sansō

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    This is the lavish estate of Ōkōchi Denjirō, an actor famous for his samurai films. The sprawling gardens may well be the most lovely in all of Kyoto,…

  • Katsura Imperial Villa Garden in Kyoto, Japan

    Katsura Rikyū

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    Katsura Rikyū, one of Kyoto’s imperial properties, is widely considered to be the pinnacle of Japanese traditional architecture and garden design. Set…

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    Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    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 playful creatures…

  • Togetsu-kyō

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    The dominant landmark in Arashiyama, this bridge is just a few minutes on foot from either the Keifuku line or Hankyū line Arashiyama stations. The…

  • Giō-ji

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    This tiny temple near the north end of the main Arashiyama sightseeing route is one of Kyoto's hidden gems. Its main attraction is the lush moss garden…

  • Kameyama-kōen

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    Just upstream from Tōgetsu-kyō and behind Tenryū-ji, this park is a nice place to escape the crowds of Arashiyama. It’s laced with trails, one of which…

  • Jōjakkō-ji

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    This temple is perched on top of a mossy knoll and is famed for its brilliant maple trees, which turn a lovely crimson red in November, and its thatched…

  • Nison-in

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    This is a popular spot with maple-leaf watchers. Originally built in the 9th century by Emperor Saga, the temple houses two important Kamakura-era Buddha…

  • Rakushisha

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    Formerly the building here was the hut of Mukai Kyorai, the best-known disciple of the illustrious haiku poet Bashō. You can wander the small garden where…

  • Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    This rather unusual temple is where the abandoned bones of paupers without kin were gathered. More than 8000 stone images are crammed into the temple…

  • Takiguchi-dera

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    Takiguchi-dera was founded by Heian-era nobleman Takiguchi Nyūdō, who entered the priesthood after being forbidden by his father to marry his peasant…

  • Daikaku-ji

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    After a 25-minute walk northeast of Nison-in you will find Daikaku-ji, one of Kyoto’s less-commonly visited temples. It was built in the 9th century as a…

  • Jizō-in

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    This delightful little temple does not boast any spectacular buildings or treasures, but it has a lovely moss garden and is almost completely ignored by…

  • Seiryō-ji

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    This local temple and its peaceful gardens makes for a quiet change from the touristy temples along the main drag. It has an important standing wooden…

  • Nonomiya-jinja

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    This small shrine is where imperial princesses were sent for purification before serving at the Ise shrine. It features in the famous Japanese novel The…

  • Tenryū-ji North Gate

    Arashiyama & Sagano

    By exiting Tenryū-ji via this gate and taking a quick left, you'll find yourself almost immediately in the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.