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Historic district surrounded by natural beauty, with a heritage tied to Japan’s nobility and cultural icons.

Photo of Arashiyama, Japan (IMG_5604 by y.ganden)

Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, harmoniously blends its cultural heritage with natural scenery. Known for its picturesque landscapes and traditional architecture, this district, with deep historical roots, is a year-round attraction. The area boasts scenic vistas, peaceful temples, and the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

About Arashiyama

Arashiyama has been a treasured destination since the Heian period (794-1185), when nobility established villas and temples amidst its beauty. Among these is Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Zen training origins, founded in 1339 by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji. Its Sogenchi Garden, a Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty, showcases the blend of architecture and landscape in Japanese culture.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a captivating natural forest of bamboo known for its tranquil atmosphere. Nearby, the Okochi Sanso Villa, built by famed actor Denjiro Okochi, allows visitors to explore its stunning gardens and traditional tea houses.

The Sagano Romantic Train runs alongside the Hozu River, providing breathtaking views during the cherry blossom and autumn seasons. Its journey is a cherished way to witness the region’s beauty.

Venturing into the side streets of Arashiyama leads to quieter restaurants and distinctive shops, offering a more intimate experience. It is a place where historical sites are preserved, and nature continues to inspire, offering visitors a chance to step away from the modern world and into its timeless allure.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Arashiyama

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Saturday, 13 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Hiroshima on March 25, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 1, 2024. In the Kansai region, including Kyoto and Himeji, blossoms are expected to start around March 28, 2024, with Osaka and Nara following shortly after, beginning on March 31 and March 30, respectively.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
Event listings are sourced from public information, and may be incorrect or outdated. Always consult the official website for full details.

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