Five Unknown Locations in Arashiyama

Five Unknown Locations in Arashiyama


2018.05.24

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Five Unknown Locations in Arashiyama

Kyoto’s Arashiyama area is famous for being the home of several of the city’s most famous tourist destinations; however, there are several lesser known places that are worth venturing off the beaten path to see. These places allow you to see another side of Japan with the added benefit of escaping the throngs of tourists.

  • 01

    Takiguchi-dera

    Takiguchi-dera

    Takiguchi-dera

    Takiguchi-dera was built on the grounds of the former Sanpo-ji temple and carries an interesting story with it. In the 12th century, one of Taira no Shigemori’s retainers, Saito Tokiyori, fell in love with a noble woman’s lady in waiting. When he was denied permission to marry her, he abandoned his post to become a Buddhist priest. The woman came to see him, but he had already taken his vows and refused to meet her. She wrote her feelings on a rock at the gate of the temple and then drowned herself. This temple is small and secluded by a bamboo forest. Though it was only built in the early 20th century, on the grounds of the former temple, it looks as if it’s been around much longer.

    Takiguchi-dera Temple
    place
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagakameyamacho 10-4
    phone
    0758713929
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00
  • 02

    Hogon-in

    Hogon-in

    Hogon-in

    This temple is also known as “the temple of red leaves,” due to its fiery foliage in the autumn months. Its garden is one of its main attractions, with twisting maple trees and large, moss covered boulders. The grounds of this temple are the definition of understated, making the temple seem as though it’s part of the natural surroundings. At night, the temple grounds are illuminated in a way that seems otherworldly.

    Hogon-in Temple
    rating

    4.5

    154 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saga Tenryuji Susukino Baba-cho, 68
    phone
    0758610091
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00
  • 03

    Kogen-ji

    Kogen-ji

    Kogen-ji

    Tenryu-ji Temple is the most popular temple in the area. Originally established in the 14th century, it’s secured its position as one of the most important Zen temples in Arashiyama. One of the less known attractions in the area is Kogen-ji Temple. It’s behind a gate off to the side of the main grounds, so if you’re going there, be sure not to miss this peaceful detour. The temple features ink paintings, a Zen rock garden, and large statue of a Buddhist deity riding a lion. For a small fee of 500 yen, you can walk around the grounds, ring the prayer bell, and appreciate the tranquil scenery.

    高原寺
    place
    京都府京丹後市大宮町明田1006
    phone
    0772644357
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  • 04

    Kameyama Park

    Kameyama Park

    Kameyama Park

    High above the streets below, this park is one of Arashiyama’s unspoiled treasures. It’s a severely underrated park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Along with sprawling views of the forest and river in the valley you can get from the park’s observation deck, you might also catch a glimpse of one of the monkeys in the area, as they’re known to hang out here. The park includes a nice rest area and there’s also the option to rent a boat so you can head out on the water.

    Kameyama Park
    place
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagakamenoochou
  • 05

    Jojakko-ji Temple

    Jojakko-ji Temple

    Jojakko-ji Temple

    This small temple rests on the side of a mountain and is largely unvisited by tourists except when the colors change in the fall. The temple is located in a densely forested area and looks as though it’s being consumed by the surrounding moss and greenery. Not only does this 16th century temple help you escape the crowds, it also has great views of Kyoto that would be hard to come by in other places.

    Jojakko-ji Temple
    rating

    4.5

    297 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagaogurayamaogurachou 3
    phone
    0758610435
    opening-hour
    [Reception]9:00-16:30

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