• Select...
    • All
    • Central Honshu
    • Hokkaido
    • Kansai
    • Kanto
    • Kyoto
    • Kyushu
    • Northern Honshu
    • Okinawa
    • Shikoku
    • Throughout Japan
    • Tokyo
    • Western Honshu

Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple

Adashino Nenbutsuji is a small temple near the end of the Saga Toriimoto Preserved Street at the northern end of the Arashiyama sightseeing district, near its sister temple, Otagi Nenbutsuji. There are 8000 buddhist statues placed in memory of those who died without family dating back to the Heian period. These lost souls are remembered…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , ,

Arashiyama Dinner Cruise

Enjoy spectacular seasonal views and Japanese traditional cuisine on an elegant boat. River cruising is a wonderful way to discover Kyoto’s rich culture and tranquil scenery. The Oi (Katsura) river runs through the middle of Arashiyama, which is most famous for its bamboo groves. Yakata-bune is an old fashioned popular style of boat and it…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , , ,

Daikaku-ji Temple

Located on the site of a 9th century palace, Daikakuji was converted to a Shingon Buddhist temple in 876. Although the original buildings are long gone, the architecture and courtyard gardens retain the Heian Period style described in the Tale of Genji, and a large lake creates sweeping views across to the nearby mountains. Originally…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: ,


Eigamura, or more properly Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, is a movie studio and theme park in one. This provides an excellent opportunity to take a break from Kyoto’s temples and tea houses, and experience the entertaining side of historical Japan. It features a collection of replicas of traditional Japanese buildings, which are used as the setting…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

Gio-ji Temple

Tiny Gio-ji Temple is often overlooked by the throngs of sightseers in Arashiyama but what it may lack in size, it more than makes up for in charm and it’s one of our favourite temples in the area, not least for its fascinating history. The temple was named after Gio, a dancer from long ago…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , , , ,

Hoshinoya Kyoto

The resort is located in the hills to the west of Kyoto, in Arashiyama, an area favoured as a nature retreat by the people of Kyoto since the time of the first emperors of Japan. All 25 rooms offer a view of the Ooigawa River flowing through a deep gorge. Only accessible by its own…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , , ,

Iwatayama Monkey Park

Iwatayama Monkey Park is a smallish wildlife park in Arashiyama. It is home to a troop of over 170 wild Japanese macaque monkeys. To get to the park, there’s a hike of about 20 minutes or so up the mountain. The monkeys roam freely around the area and will happily mingle with their human visitors…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , ,

Jojakko-ji Temple

Famous for its beautiful Autumn colours, Jojakko-ji is situated on the side of a mountain in Arashiyama and was established in 1596. The Taho-to pagoda, which is designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property, was constructed in the 17th century. It is built in the gorgeous 16th-century Momoyama style and affords a…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: ,

Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple

Otagi Nenbutsuji, like its sister temple Adashino Nenbutsuji, is a small but charming temple, hidden away at the far end of the Arashiyama neighbourhood and featuring 1200 stone sculptures of rakan, the Buddha’s disciples, all with different facial expressions and poses. The statues are scattered amongst a few small temples and pagodas. The statues themselves…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , , ,

Ryoanji Temple

Nestled at the base of Kyoto’s Mount Kinugasa, Ryoan-ji Temple dates back to 983, though the temple was officially founded in 1467, and a number of the present buildings are reconstructions dating to 1800. More importantly, Ryoan-ji is home to Japan’s first, and arguably best, kare-sansui (dry landscape) garden. The garden is a masterpiece of…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , , , ,

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji is the most important temple in Arashiyama. It was ranked first among the city’s five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site. It is the head temple of its own school within the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism. Built in 1339 by the ruling shogun, the temple”s buildings…

Type: Arashiyama  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , , ,