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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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  • Anyway all trash everywhere and dirty.  "Please feel free to" map, had its top was filled with trash.  Road to walk because the sidewalks are too narrow, can't pass the foreigners feel the atmosphere. Light rain that hits someone else's umbrella body, was uncomfortable.
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  • We happened to pass this spot on the bus! When we saw the number of people visiting we thought we should get off and take a look. It is a very busy in the town area with plenty of shoos and restaurant...  more »
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  • A must if you're in Kyoto. The streets leading up to the bamboo grove are full of shops offering souvenirs and local delicacies. You can try some pretty interesting street snacks. The scenery is pretty amazing walking through the grove except I didn't think it's as thick as what all the pictures on the Web depicts. Be prepared to spend half a day meandering thorough here to really enjoy the whole experience.
  • A perfect place if you want to experience what Japan is like in the old days. The series of shops and cafe's are also interesting and beautiful. The street foods and snacks offered by the different stalls are all delicious and beautifully designed. The bridge, the houses and everything around it is truly amazing. I really love the vibe that it is giving off. I could literally just sit there and watched the day go by. It is one of the top places to visit when you're in Kyoto or even in Japan. Would love to come back in the near future.
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