Arashiyama - Kyoto


Before I continue on with my snowy holiday in Japan posts, I have one post left from our trip to Koya-san and Kyoto this past November. Our last full day in Kyoto we ventured out to Arashiyama. Can you believe that i've been to Kyoto at least 5 times before and never been to Arashiyama!? How stupid I was to miss this area every time! Arashiyama is gorgeous and a prime spot for viewing the autumn leaves.

As soon as we stepped off the tram I was in love. The station was adorable and we walked straight onto a street full of cute shops and restaurants. We stopped for a croquette from a street stall, then continued on towards the bridge. Arashiyama was CROWDED, and it wasn't even a national holiday or a weekend when we were there. It was crowded for a reason though. The autumn leaves covering the mountain backdrop were stunning and the area is just so cute.

We only spent a half day here because we were tired from non-stop sightseeing for the previous 4 days, and we wandered off track and ended up kind of in the middle of nowhere and hungry with a small child, so ended up heading back into the city around lunch time. Still though, we had a lovely time. We walked by the river, through the park and came across the bamboo grove. 

If you ever find yourself in Kyoto, I definitely recommend taking a day out in Arashiyama. It's not far from the city centre and everything is just so pretty! Also, I wish I had known about it before (it's obvious I didn't do much planning for this, isn't it?), but there's a lovely train ride in Arashiyama, that you can read about on my friend Ashley's blog.

Gorgeous fall colours in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Fall colours in the mountains surrounding Arashyiama

Amazing fall colours in Arashiyama, Kyoto


The famous bamboo grove in Arashiyama, Kyoto
The famous bamboo path

So in love with these colours

The cute Randen tram at Arashiyama, Kyoto
Cute little tram we caught to Arashiyama
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Arashiyama in Kyoto is a must-see when visiting Kyoto. It is a charming little town with lots of traditional shops, restaurants and temples and is the perfect spot for viewing autumn leaves or Cherry blossoms in spring!

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  1. Wow! The bamboo pictures are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing.