Spots in Ayashiyama / Sagano Area

  • Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Arashiyamanakaoshitachou 61
    First opened in 1956, this park halfway up Mt. Iwata in Arashiyama Mountain Range is home to some 120 Japanese macaques. The monkeys tend to congregate at the viewing area. Living wild and free to walk about the nature-rich grounds, visitors can easily observe them as they go about their lives. The shop at the mountain top rest area sells peanuts and apples for feeding to the monkeys. Colored by beautiful pink cherry blossoms in spring and fall foliage in autumn, the viewing area offers a sweeping view of Kyoto City. This location is particularly popular with international tourists. Arashiyama Station is the closest station to the park.

    During our visit to Japan we had thought about going to see the famous ‘snow monkeys’ of Yudanaka but we were going when there would be no snow and a little research told us we’d be in the midst of...

  • Tenryu-ji Temple
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    1947 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 68
    The head temple of Rinzai Tenryuji Buddhsim. The temple is one of the foremost sightseeing locations in the Saga Arashiyama area. The temple was founded in 1339 by Ashikaga Takauji to memorialize Emperor Go-Daigo. The temple was founded as the first of the five Kyoto Gozan premier temples and the spacious grounds encompassed over 150 sub-temples, but these were all lost in a series of later fires. The various temple buildings standing today were reconstructed in the Meiji period; the abbot’s chamber enshrines a seated figure of Gautama Buddha created in the Fujiwara period. The temple’s circular garden, built around a central pond, is a designated Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty and makes use of Mt. Arashiyama and Mt. Kameyama in the background. The garden looks the same as it did approximately 700 years ago when it was first created by Muso Kokushi.

    This temple offers a two part visit. You can either do just the garden or the temple or both. I opted for both because the price wasnt much more for both. Although you can see everything, pretty...

  • Toei Kyoto Studio Park
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    520 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Uzumasahigashihachiokachou 10
    A movie theme park located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City which makes portions of the Toei Kyoto film studio open to the public. The park offers a variety of events and attractions, including the chance to see how television programs and movies are filmed on a recreated open set, historical dram sword fight and acting shows, a haunted house, and classes on theatrical sword fighting. The park also hosts restaurants and cafes. People of all ages can enjoy an entire day of fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The park’s variety of opportunities to try out movie and TV related costumes are particularly popular, from simple costumes like those worn in historical dramas that can be put on in 15-20 minutes to photography sessions taken by professional photographers.

    If youre a Gen-Xer, you would definitely enjoy visiting the Toei Museum! Such Nostalgia Feels! Theres all the rangers you can remember from those old TV shows. From Star Rangers, Bio-man, Mask...

  • Daikakuji temple
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    367 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagaosawachou 4
    Located in the Saga area of Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, this is the head temple of the Shingon Daikaku-ji school of Buddhism. The temple’s principle object of worship is five figures of the great wisdom kings centering around Acala. The temple was founded by Emperor Saga. A former villa that belonged to Emperor Saga which was renovated into a temple, the grounds contain many imperial buildings that were moved here. The strikingly beautiful screen paintings in the Botan-no-Ma and Kobai-no-Ma rooms in the Shinden hall (an Important Cultural Property) were painted by Kano Sanraku. The temple is also located near Uzumasa, where many historical dramas are filmed, and the temple grounds themselves are also frequently used to shoot historical and other varieties of drama programs. As the birthplace of flower arrangement, the temple is also famous for being the head temple of the Saga Goryu school of flower arrangement.

    Daikaku-ji Temple was initially an imperial villa of Emperor Saga during the Heian period. The huge temple with ornate doors surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large lake were targets for...

  • Giouji Temple
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    397 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatorimotokozakachou 32
    A Shingon Daikaku-ji Buddhist temple located in Ukyo Ward in Kyoto City. Known as the “Covenant of Blighted Love,” it even appears in the ancient epic, The Tale of the Heike. Legend has it that Gio, a dancing girl who lost the love of military leader Taira no Kiyomori to a woman named Hotoke-gozen, joined this temple as a nun together with her mother and younger sister. Thereafter, Hotoke-gozen was also welcomed into the temple, and the four quietly spent their remaining years here. The Soan, a thatched hut, houses the temple’s principle object of worship, a figure of Vairocana, as well as wooden figures of Taira no Kiyomori, Gio, her younger sister Ginyo, her mother Toji, and Hotoke-gozen. The Hokyoin-to is said to mark the graves of Gio and Ginyo. The Yoshino Window in an anteroom of the Soan is famous for casting a rainbow colored image.

    Just beautiful. So we went here. If you love gardens you will really appreciate this temple. We went in mid December and there were still lots of autumn leaves.

  • Arashiyama
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Ukyo-ku Arashiyama
    One of Kyoto’s leading tourist attractions, this 381.5-meter-high mountain and its environs have been designated as a National Historic Place of Beauty. On the mountain are the Iwatayama Monkey Park and Horinji Temple. Widely known as a spot for seeing cherry blossoms and changing autumn leaves, the scenery combining the Katsuragawa River to Togetsukyo Bridge is often used as a motif on picture postcards and pamphlets. Popular activities include walking the “bamboo forest road” from Tenryuji Temple or going around temples or shrines, a railcar ride to Kameoka, of the “Hozugawa-kudari” (Hozugawa river boat ride) pleasure cruise ride down the river to Arashiyama.
  • Jojakko-ji Temple
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    297 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagaogurayamaogurachou 3
    A temple in Sagano, Kyoto City located midway up Mt. Ogurayama which was featured in the Hyakunin Isshu collection of poetry. The temple was founded in 1596 by monk Nisshin, the head priest of Honkoku-ji Temple, the head temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. The main hall is a former part of Fushimi Castle that was reconstructed on site. The gate flanked by carvings known as Unkei statues of the two Deva Kings was the former south gate of the reception hall at Honkoku-ji Temple which was moved to this location. The temple grounds which spread across Mt. Ogurayama are known for beautiful autumn colors, especially around the two-story cypress thatched pagoda. The temple offers an amazing view over the Kyoto cityscape.

    Jojakkoji Temple was located after the bamboo trail. Entrance fee was required but there were full fall colors within the temple garden on the slope during autumn period. Nice to have a view there...

  • Kegon-ji Temple (Suzumushi-dera Temple)
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    296 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Matsumurojikechou 31
    A Rinzai Buddhist temple in Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto City. Some 50 thousand bell crickets are bred on the temple grounds annually, and due to their songs, audible not just in autumn but throughout the year, the temple has come to be known as the Suzumushi-dera (Bell Cricket Temple). In addition to a figure of Dainichi-nyorai (Voirocana), the main object of worship, the temple also enshrines a statue of Jizobosatsu (Kshitigarbha), and the temple attracts Kshitigarbha worshipers from around the nation as well as persons seeking aid with university entry, attaining better fortune, and finding a suitable partner. The temple is famous for its “Happy Kshitigarbha,” the only one in Japan to be depicted wearing straw sandals and said to grant a single wish, as well as its Suzumushi-seppo (Bell Cricket Sermons) given by priests, and the temple actively welcomes worshipers.

    I visited Suzumushi temple on weekend with my university friends. The lecture from chief priest was very interesting and there are many bell crickets. We heard the sound of the bell cricket. It was...

  • Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple
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    194 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatorimotoadashinochou 17
    This is a temple of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist sect in Sagano. Adashino has been an area of funerals from time immemorial, and people offer stone Buddhist images and regret being separated from the deceased. Inside, the grounds are lined with 8,000 stone Buddhist images and stone monuments, each in memory of the souls at Adashino. Each year on the 23rd and 24th of August, the stone Buddhist images and stone monuments are lit with lamps in a 1,000 lamp memorial service, bringing in a great many visitors.

    Well worth the visit. Quite small -- some beautiful sections.Uniquely Japanese -- a shrine that somehow blends Shinto and Buddhist religions !

  • Jingo-ji Temple
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    187 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Kaohsiung-cho 5
    A Koyosan Shingon Buddhist temple located in Ukyo Ward in Kyoto City. The temple is also located in in the center of Mt. Takao in the Atago Mountain Range. Founded by the nobleman Wake no Kiyomaro, the famed priest Kukai served here for 14 years starting in 809. The Daishido Hall was a reconstruction of the residence where Kukai lived. Built in a residential style, it is a designated Important Cultural Property. The temple’s principle object of worship, a standing figure of the Healing Buddha, is a National Treasure and aside from the painted red lips and black eyebrows and eyes is bar wood. The temple houses numerous Buddhist artworks and cultural properties, such as the standing figures of the Five Major Kokuzo Bosatsu in the two-tier pagoda as well as a temple bell regarded as one of the three most famous in Japan. Visitors can also enjoy throwing an earthenware plate, a tradition to ward away evil, in front of the Jizoin hall.

    If you are not capable of walking stairs, don’t go. The temple is located on the top of Takaosan hill and visitors need to walk down and up the valley and stairs. And the temple is very natural and...

  • Koryuji Temple
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    186 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Uzumasahachiokachou 32
    This temple was built in 603 by Hata no Kawakatsu, with its main object of worship being a statue of Buddha received from Shotoku Taishi. As the oldest temple in Kyoto, it also possesses a number of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. Among these, the most famous is the Seated Maitreya statue said to be the most beautiful in all of Japan. It is a Buddhist statue of the Asuka period and is distinctive for its calm countenance and “archaic smile.” October’s “Ushi Matsuri” is one of Kyoto’s three big unusual festivals.

    Bit of a hidden gem this one ... its off the beaten track and a bit of an effort to get to, having said that there are many bus routes (11, 66, 72. 74, 76 etc) with stops very close to the temple...

  • Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square
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    99 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saga Tenryuji temple 20-2
    A tourist and shopping facility located in Arashiyama Station filled with souvenir shops and restaurants selling sweets, Kyoto knickknacks, and Kyoto pickles. The facility is also famous for its atmospheric, Kyoto-esque design. Some of the visual highlights of the facility include the concourse lined with 3,000 bamboo plants; a garden where visitors can relax while looking at cherry blossoms and fall foliage; Ryu no Atago Pond; and the Kimono Forest, a path lined with 600 poles decorated with yuzen-dyed kimono fabric. At night, the Kimono Forest and other areas are lit up, creating a magical atmosphere.

    As mentioned about the Town itself which is frequented mainly by tourists, there are some locals as well and this is the place to mix with them as well This is an unusual station as it also has the...

  • Nison-in Temple
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    149 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saganisoninmonzenchoujinchou 27
    A Tendai Buddhist temple located in the Sagano area of Ukyo Ward in Kyoto City. The temple is called the Nison-in, meaning “Hall of Two Buddhas,” because its principle objects of worship are two standing figures of Gautama Buddha and Amitabha. The temple is said to have been founded by the priest Ennin at the behest of Emperor Saga during the early Heian period. In addition to the main temple nave, the grounds are dotted with the graves of court nobles and distinguished families. Famed for its autumn foliage, the temple is visited by numerous worshipers each year in fall. The temple path extending from the main gate, once the Yakuimon gate at Fushimi Castle that was moved here, is nicknamed the “Autumn Foliage Horse Riding Grounds” on account of the beauty of the scenery during the season.

    Nison-in is known as the place where Fujiwarano Teika redacted “Hyakunin Isshu”, an anthology of traditional Japanese poem. In the premises of the temple, there are graves of some celebrities such as...

  • Togetsukyo Bridge
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    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Ukyo-ku Arashiyama
    This bridge with a total length of 155 meters spanning the Katsuragawa River offers a vantage point to see the fall foliage of Arashiyama. The bridge is said to have been started by the Jowa-period (834–848) monk Dosho, and the bridge in the current location was built by Suminokura Ryoui in the early Edo period. Togetsukyo Bridge’s name (meaning “the bridge of the passing moon”) is said to have come about when Emperor Kameyama saw a moon move above the bridge and remarked that, “It looks as if the clear moon were walking over the bridge.” The bridge is full of elegance which blends into the landscape of Arashiyama.
  • Hogon-in Temple
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    154 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saga Tenryuji Susukino Baba-cho, 68
    A sub temple of the Rinzai Tenryu-ji Buddhist Tenryu-ji Temple located in the Arashiyama area in Kyoto City. The temple’s spectacular garden incorporates the surrounding scenery of Arashiyama. A traditional circular strolling garden built around a central pond and arrayed with huge boulders such as “Shishi-iwa (Lion-Dog Rock),” the garden was even included in the Edo period Miyako rinsen meisho zue, a publication which noted various famous sights and locations of scenic beauty in Kyoto. The garden is only opened to the general public on special days in spring and autumn. At night, the garden is lit up in a manner befitting the wondrous scenery of this historical garden.

    Last year I found this temple after autumn colours ended and it was a different festival where they light up. I thought it was serene, beautiful and one of the highlights of my trip. This year I had...

  • Seiryo-ji Temple
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    132 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagashakadoufujinokichou 46
    A Jyodo Buddhist temple located in the Saga area of Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City. Given the honorific mountain name Mt. Godai, the temple’s principle object of worship is a figure of Gautama Buddha. Known as the Saga Shaka-do, it has also been known as the Yuzu Nenbutsu no Dojo since the Middle Ages. The temple was founded when Minamoto no Toru, said to be the model for the heroic character of Hikaru Genji in The Tale of Genji, erected the Amitabha hall. The temple’s Gautama statue was brought by a priest called Chonen (934–1016) from Sung China who made a pilgrimage to Mt. Godai. Called the “Living Gautama,” it is a designated National Treasure. The figure is specially unveiled in April, May, October, and November, giving the general public a chance to see its unusual, non-Japanese styling.

    Not many Japanese temples have the Shakyamuni Buddha statue, the historical Buddha. This is already so when Buddhism spread from China to Japan in ancient times. Hence this is one rare temple to...

  • Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine
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    113 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagasahichou 23
    A Shinto shrine located in the Saga area of Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City dedicated to Kiyohara no Yorinari, a Confucian scholar who lived in the late Heian period. Kiyohara no Yorinari is seen as a god of luck with money, prosperous business, luck in finding marriage, and the warding away of evil. The shrine has a custom whereby visitors can purchase a stone from the shrine office and make a wish; the shrine piles the stones of successful wish-makers in front of the main shrine. The grounds also contain a shrine dedicated to Ame no Uzume, the goddess of performing arts, which is famous for the many performers and entertainers who come to visit it. On the third Sunday of May, the shrine holds the Three Boats Festival on the Oi River on Mt. Arashi, an event which recreates the boating the nobility would engage in during the Heian period.

    I had chance to visit this shrine during Mantosai Festival (middle of Audust), and lanterns were really beautiful. You can also buy it for 500 yen and hang it by yourself.

  • Aeon Mall (Kyoto Gojo)
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    55 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sainoiwakechou 25-1
    This shopping mall is in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. It has about 130 shops as well as a walking course called Aeon Mall Walking that records how many calories you've burned. A paid shuttle bus runs there from Saiin Station on the Hankyu Railway Kyoto Line / Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Main Line.

    I was looking for some non japannesse food and they have a few options here. Ate at this place called Ikanira steak and it was actually pretty good.We also browse through some of the stores that...

  • Tenzan-no-Yu Sagano Hot Spring
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    61 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saganomiyanomotochou 55-4-7
    This is a day trip hot spring facility around a five-minute walk from Arisugawa Station, close to Arashiyama and Sagano, in a typical Kyoto style building. One can enjoy natural hot spring waters gushing out from 1,200 meters underground, and there is a rich variety of baths available including stone open-air baths, circular baths, and indoor baths where one can enjoy a spacious foot bath. The theater sauna in the men’s area and two types of sauna in the women’s area mean one’s body can be properly warmed even in cold seasons. Inside are complete relation facilities including a restaurant with a fish tank and a rest area.

    This onsen is large and beautiful. Many baths available at different temperatures, a spa (book ahead your treatments) and a restaurant. There is a room to lie down when done upstairs, which I wish...

  • Ryoanji Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Ryouanji Otoritoshita 13
    This Buddhist temple in Ukyo Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture is famous for its rock garden. A Zen temple, it was founded in 1450 by the statesman Hosokawa Katsumoto. The shrine grew dilapidated due to the anti-Buddhism movement of the early Meiji period but became world-famous after Queen Elizabeth II visited the temple and praised the beauty of the rock garden. The garden, called the Hojo Tei-en, is a traditional flat garden comprised of 15 stones of various sizes placed amongst white gravel which are designed such that one of the stones will not be visible no matter what angle one views the garden from. Highlights of the temple include Japanese camellias admired by the great general Toyotomi Hideyoshi as well as the Zorakuan tea house. The best time to see the water lilies blooming in the temple pond starts from early summer.

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