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Arashiyama, Kyoto

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For centuries a source of respite and escape, Arashiyama offers a glimpse of natural beauty outside of Kyoto. The district has a variety of outdoor activities: visit the Japanese macaques in the monkey park, or take a rowboat out onto the lake. Don't miss the bamboo grove, a gentle uphill trail through densely packed stalks, ending at a historic imperial villa and its surrounding landscaped gardens. To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Be sure to walk along the main tourist street, admire the views from the bridge, visit monkey park and Bamboo Forest. There are many temples, there is an opportunity to climb the trail to Mount Arashiyama, which offers stunning views of Kyoto. But the Museum of the Owls and there is also a museum of cats on the main street do not advise to visit. Owls are fastened with a lock to the branch on which they sit. I feel sorry for them. There were no visitors, few people want to see birds in captivity, and even in such unbearable conditions. The Cats were not impressed either. We wished we'd gone in there. That's the only thing that upset us in Arashiam. Everything else is amazing and impressive. No wonder this place inspired many poets and artists. They left with the thought of coming back here someday.
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  • We went back twice. Only 25 minutes from Kyoto by bus. There is so much to see, but also a great place to relax. You can visit the bamboo forest and the monkey's. Don't forget the cat cafe (Bengal Cat...  more »
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  • You need to there as early as 6am or even before to get some good shots of the famous bamboo forest. It is too crowded at other times of the day. This place is quite big. You can do bicycle ride, boat ride, hike up the hill...It is possible to spend one full day here. Up the hill, there are some really breathtaking landscape views.
  • Cool and interesting bamboo forest. Go there early to avoid the crowds and enjoy this place the best. It is only a very small walk through the forest about 200 m and thats its. Still worth the visit and cool places to hike around the forest.
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