Arashiyama (嵐山) is located in western suburban area of Kyoto. Arashiyama is a peaceful village where you can enjoy mountain, river the same time. Arashiyama is very popular in spring when you can enjoy sakura and in autumn when you can enjoy the reddish and yellowish mountain colors.
The landmark / icon of Arashiyama is Togetsukyo Bridge (literally called "Moon Crossing Bridge"). There are many small shops, restaurants and other attractions.
Arashiyama also is very famous for its bamboo forest. Sometimes the walking path here gets jammed due to lots of people taking pictures.
Besides bamboo forest, there are also lots of temples or japanese shrines such as Tenryuji Temple, Daikakuji Temple, Jojakkoji Temple and so on. Besides that, there are also other activities to do here such as visiting Monkey Park Iwatayama, Hozu River Boat Tour, etc.
By Japan Railways (JR)
The fastest access from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama is provided by the JR Sagano Line (also known as JR Sanin Line). The one way ride to Saga-Arashiyama Station takes 15 minutes and costs 240 yen. From Saga-Arashiyama Station, central Arashiyama can be reached in a 5-10 minute walk.
By Hankyu Railways
From Kawaramachi or Karasuma Station in central Kyoto (Shijo Street), take the Hankyu Main Line to Katsura Station and transfer to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line for Arashiyama. The one way trip takes about 20 minutes and costs 220 yen. Hankyu Arashiyama Station is located on the opposite side of the river, about a 5-10 minute walk from central Arashiyama.
Bus lines connect Arashiyama with several parts of Kyoto, however, it is recommended to access Arashiyama by train to avoid the risk of getting stuck in traffic jams.
If you want to visit Arashiyama District with less hassle, we would recommend using Easy Travel sightseeing taxi in Kyoto with afforable price.