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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
"3rd time and still loving it!"
reviewed 3 days ago by PinkAddict
The most awesome place in Kyoto. The natural bamboos give you this zen feeling of peace and happiness. Do take the extra ticket to go inside to see the temple with a small lake inside. Take time to enjoy the views. We bought some egg sandwich food and drinks before we went there. Stopped by Arabica for coffee, then only...
I'm really not that into monkeys and therefore extremely surprised that this is was of the best things I've seen in Japan. The beauty of the place is that the monkeys room free and aren't imprisoned. The mountain is theirs and we humans are there just to observe. You firstly have to put some effort into seeing them by walking...
"Most important temple in Arashiyama, World Heritage Site"
reviewed 1 week ago by Tote919
This is the most important temple in Arashiyama District. It's a very large and beautiful Zen temple, a World Heritage Site, with a huge Zen garden, prettiest in Autumn with colours of leaves. Need more than 1 hour to walk around and explore the whole area.
"Well maintained gardens--best to see in the fall"
reviewed yesterday by milfloresdemanila
After checking out the bamboo grove, visit the Okochi Sanso garden. One must pay the Yen1,000 entrance fee to enter. Enjoy the green tea and pastry upon entering. Clear directions on the flow of foot traffic to view Sanso's house and gardens. I only wish we could enter Sanso's houses. Very well maintained.
The steak is good but I don’t think it’s well worth a long queue. We arrived 15 minutes before the shop opens and still had to wait another 45 minutes.
The feeling of a hidden gem restaurant makes the visit a bit more special. The food itself comparison to the price, I gave 4stars.
"This was on my Itinerary, &Luckily I was staying right next to one!"
reviewed 14 January 2018 by michelle p
I have been wanting to try this place for some time now. It was on my itinerary , I had already done my research . Or so I thought ... I stayed in a Ryokan in Arashiyama right next door to Arabica! I took a morning walk along the river and was so pleasantly surprised!
There may be a lot...
Excellent unagi but I wonder if there are other places which serve unagi just as good.
We figured going at 130pm would be a safe enough time. Not a good idea because we were not even allowed to queue. So we made sure we were back at 530pm for the dinner seating. Finally got our seats after 2 hours in...
We booked a long way in advance as I did not want to miss eating here. We had a wonderful meal and toured the temple gardens afterward. They have 3 options for the food and we chose the cheapest (3000y pp) which was plenty for lunch.
We wanted a ryokan experience with our own private onsen and this was beyond our wildest dreams. The room, food, and service was all amazing! We loved the location and even took an early morning run through the bamboo grove before the fabulous breakfast! My husband couldn't have been happier!
its a perfect place to relax and gettin your soul pampered...beautiful setting within nature, perfect service personal and great food. Champagne gratuit at happy hour with a beautiful view on river and trees...
After two stays at Hoshinoya Tokyo we decided to give Hoshinoya Kyoto a try for our 20+ wedding anniversary celebration. Overall we are satisfied by the location, the staff (one particular front desk staff who checked us in and helped us forward our luggage to our next Kyoto accomodation is worthy of particular commendation for her smart and dedicated service)....
This ryokan was recommended to us. We only managed to stay for one night, but boy was it spectacular! It wasn't the cheapest place to stay, and the room we had wasn't huge, but it was well positioned and well laid out. But the excellence was in the kaiseki style food that we were served for dinner. Spectacular! Around 10...
"Pricey but comfortable, a bit renovation needed to be done though"
reviewed 4 weeks ago by Zann_w
Being one of the most famous onsen resorts in Kyoto, I had a higher expectation on overall services and quality of stay. I was quite contented and felt refreshing in my one night accommodation. Stayed in the old building ( I forgot the name), the public bath was of standard, shiseido bath and beauty products, cool wifi, easily access to...