Arashiyama Excursion

Oct 9th, 2015, 07:44 AM
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Arashiyama Excursion

Planning on doing a day trip to Arashiyama from Kyoto in November with the following itinerary:

1. Arrive in Arashiyama by train (JR to Saga Arashiyama station)
2. Walk to the Bamboo forest/grove
3. Take Scenic Railway to Kameoka (from Torroko Arashiyama station)
4. Take the Hozugawa River Tour back to Arashiyama
5. Visit the Monkey Park
6. Back to Kyoto

This is really all for the scenery (fall colors). No temples or anything.

My questions are:

1. Is walking from JR Sagano to the Bamboo grove just a flat walk?
2. Same question for walking from Bamboo grove to Torroko Arashiyama station - flat walk?
3. Is it worth doing the Scenic Railway and/or Hozugawa River Tour?

Thank you.
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Oct 9th, 2015, 07:58 AM
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You are sign to skip all of the temples at Arashimaya? The most stunning fall scenery is in the temple gardens, IMO. Take a look here: http://www.marlandc.com/Japan-2013/Arashyama-Kyoto/
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Oct 9th, 2015, 08:09 AM
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The gardens at Tenryu-ji Temple were amongst my absolute favourite of two trips to Japan and the back entrance is right by the bamboo grove. Worth the tiny entrance fee to enjoy the gardens, and if you take some of the paths away from the central pond area, you can find a lot of tranquility even with all the other visitors.
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Oct 9th, 2015, 09:00 AM
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That was our favorite as well. As you walk the path through the bamboo grove, go past the back entrance to Tenryu-ji Temple and keep going. You will come to a garden that was designed by a famous landscape architect. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the garden or of the landscape architect, but a visit to the garden is certainly worthwhile.
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Oct 9th, 2015, 09:46 AM
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Agree with the above, stunning villas and temples in this area, absolutely not to be missed.....I would say pre book the train ( we didn't and it was full) don't bother with the river cruise back down....
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Oct 9th, 2015, 12:23 PM
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You mean the scenic train, right? The JR train won't need prebooking (it's a local).
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Oct 9th, 2015, 01:28 PM
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Yep the scenic train
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Oct 9th, 2015, 02:06 PM
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Agree Tenryu-ji is a must see in Arashiyama and a UNESCO site. You can give the monkey park a pass. If you have extra time head towards the monkey park on the Arashiyama side of the river and instead of heading up the trail to the monkey park, continue down the road along the riverside until the end around the point....nice walk.

Muso Soseki is the famous Japanese architect Kathie was thinking of who also designed the exquisite moss gardens of Kokadera another UNESCO site. Answers to your questions:

1. No
2. yes
3. yes for me

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Oct 9th, 2015, 02:08 PM
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Oct 9th, 2015, 03:16 PM
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Thanks, HT, I was sure you would know what I was talking about!
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Oct 9th, 2015, 05:26 PM
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The walk from JR Sagano to the Bamboo grove is uphill.

I thought the train ride was fun, but I think that whether it is worthwhile depends on the opportunity costs -- what are you giving up to make time for it?
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Oct 9th, 2015, 09:55 PM
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Oh I forgot about the Monkey park. It's a bit of a climb up but we liked it there too.
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Oct 11th, 2015, 02:06 AM
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Thanks all for the replies and tips.
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