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Recommended model course around Arashiyama

Enjoy autumn in Arashiyama, Kyoto! Recommended sightseeing course

The Arashiyama area offers a magnificent natural backdrop and a view of Kyoto's historic landscape.
There are many places of interest, such as the autumn leaves of the mountains viewed from the Watarigatsu Bridge, which evokes the original Japanese landscape, Tenryuji Temple, and the pathway through the bamboo grove.
Here is a model course to enjoy Arashiyama in autumn while avoiding the crowds as much as possible!

1.Access from Kyoto Station to [Bread, Espresso and Arashiyama Garden

From "Kyoto Station" of JR Sagano Line bound for Kameoka, get off at JR "Saga-Arashiyama Station" and walk 12 minutes.
Time required: approx. 30 min.

2. 8:00 a.m. Enjoy popular bread at [Bread, Espresso and Arashiyama Garden] in the morning.

In the morning, enjoy popular breads in the Japanese-style space [Bread, Espresso, and Arashiyama Garden], which was renovated from a 210-year-old prefectural-designated cultural asset residence. The Blanty Set (pine) is a luxurious morning meal that includes five kinds of bread, a mini salad, seasonal tiramisu, and more. The thoughtfulness of giving you a bag to take home is also appreciated.

Bread, espresso, and Arashiyama garden tea set, pine

Blanc Tea Set (pine): 2,800 yen. A very satisfying set with 5 kinds of bread, jam, cured ham, mortadella ham, camembert cheese, mini salad, cakesalet, small seasonal bowls, seasonal tiramisu, cannele, fruit sandwich, mini juice, and drink.

Bread, Espresso and Arashiyama Garden

  • Bread, Espresso, and Arashiyama Teien
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Ukyo Ward, Saga Tenryuji Temple, Amanobabacho 45-15
  • 12 minutes walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-366-6850

3.9:00 View the Japanese garden in autumn at Tenryuji Temple in the early morning.

Tenryuji Temple was built in 1339 to mourn the repose of the soul of Emperor Godaigo, and early morning visits are recommended as there are fewer visitors. The Sogenchi (Sogen Pond) Garden, which retains the appearance of the garden as it was when it was created by the monk Muso Kokushi about 700 years ago, is so beautiful with the changing leaves in autumn that you will want to spend the whole day looking at the garden.

Autumn leaves of Tenryu-ji Temple

[Sogen Pond Garden in the autumn foliage at Tenryuji Temple

Spring at Tenryuji Temple

Tenryu temple

  • Tenryuji
  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City
  • Immediately from Randen "Arashiyama Station"
    13 minutes walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-881-1235
  • 8:30 - 17:00

4.10:30 Stroll through a world of bamboo as far as the eye can see [bamboo grove path

If you come to Arashiyama, you cannot miss a stroll along the "bamboo grove path". [A 400-meter path of bamboo and hedges runs from the north side of Tenryu-ji Temple to the entrance to Okusaga. Feel the beauty of the Japanese landscape of "bamboo" as far as the eye can see and the clear morning air of Arashiyama.

Arashiyama bamboo grove

Bamboo grove path

  • animal trail
  • Sagano-baba-cho, Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 10 min. walk from Randen "Arashiyama" station.
    13 min. walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station

5.11:00 Homemade shichimi (seven spices) created by a Yakumi Meister as a souvenir [Kamisharaku].

Visit KAMISHARAKU for souvenirs. In the store, which was renovated from her parents' house, you will find homemade shichimi (seven spices) created by Kayoko Kamisha, a condiment meister who believes that "a sprinkle or a spoonful can make a dish more delicious. The cute packaging makes it a perfect gift for those who are indebted to you!

From left: Yuzu Ichimi (yuzu flavor) 756 yen, made from the aromatic yuzu peel, which is peeled in the company's own workshop. Kiyomi orange shichimi (seven spices): 756 yen. Aosanori nori salt, one of the most popular salt series, is 540 yen.

place where the hair is tied up in a bundle on the back of the head (resembling the shape of a temple)

Sansai soft serve ice cream, 594 yen, has a gorgeous aroma of sansho (Japanese pepper) and a refreshing aftertaste.

place where the hair is tied up in a bundle on the back of the head (resembling the shape of a temple)

  • paper shanty
  • 1 Saganokurayama-donomae-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 12 minutes walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel. 075-881-1500

6.12:00 View of the Arashiyama mountains from the observation point at Kameyama Park

[Passing through the bamboo grove path, visitors can reach the observatory at Arashiyama Park (Kameyama area) (also known as "Kameyama Park"), which is located at the summit of the mountain. The name comes from its association with Emperor Kameyama of the Kamakura period (1185-1333). From the observatory, a view of the Hozu River cruise boat and the trolley train awaits those who have worked hard to climb the mountain. Let the autumn leaves burn in your eyes as you take in the autumn scenery of Arashiyama.

The view from Kameyama Park

Arashiyama Park (Kameyama area)

  • Arashiyama-Koen (Kameyama-zukuri)
  • Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 13 min. walk from Arashiyama Sta. on the Randen Line
  • Tel. 075-701-0102 (Kyoto Public Works Office, Kyoto Prefecture *Weekdays 8:30-17:15)

7.1:00 p.m. Pizza made with local ingredients at As for lunch.

After a lot of walking, go to the restaurant [as], which opened in December 2020. In a Japanese-style house nestled at the foot of Arashiyama, you can enjoy a menu that focuses on the best ingredients, and you can even stay overnight. Pizzas made with local ingredients, such as a shiso-based pizza that goes well with kujo leeks and shirasu (baby sardines) and an oil-based pizza with Manganji chili peppers and Fukuchiyama garlic, are exquisite.

pizza as

Half & Half Pizza 2530 yen. Sparkling wine 1100 yen (Lunch menu is 200 yen off the dring menu).

Appearance as

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  • Mama
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nishikyo Ward, Arashiyama Nishiichikawacho 1-5
  • 3 minutes walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-366-3885

8.15:00 Enjoy an elegant tea time at TEA ROOM KIKI

Tea time at TEA ROOM KIKI Kyoto Arashiyama Honten, which opened in Arashiyama in November 2021. Specializing in tea and scones, the store offers carefully selected tableware, tea leaves suited to the Japanese palate, and homemade food. KIKI's cream tea, with its buttery clotted cream and sour raspberries, is the perfect 3:00 p.m. snack after a hard day's walk!


KIKI's Cream Tea 2,057 yen

Appearance of TEA ROOM KIKI


  • Tea Room Kiki
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Ukyo Ward, Saga Tenryu-ji Temple Road Street
  • 1 minute walk from Randen Saga Station
    2 minutes walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel. 075-432-7385

9.16:30 Rediscover the charm of Arashiyama at Snow Peak LAND STATION KYOTO ARASHIYAMA

On autumn evenings when you feel like warming up, visit Snow Peak LAND STATION KYOTO ARASHIYAMA, a hands-on facility that showcases the charms of various regions in Japan. At the "Hand Held Bonfire Lounge" (from 2,200 yen per person), you can relax while watching a bonfire in the magnificent nature of Arashiyama. Don't forget to check out the limited-edition Arashiyama products! We also recommend stopping by in the morning to experience the "Snow Peak GO" bike rental tour (8,800 yen/person or more).

snow peak fire lounge


  • Snow Peak Land Station Kyouto Arashiyama
  • 7 Imabori-cho, Tenryuji Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 1 minute walk from Randen Saga Station
    3 min. walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Sta.
  • Tel. 075-366-8954

10.17:30 Evening meal at Saganoya, a long-established diner loved by locals.

For dinner, you can visit Saganoya, a long-established diner loved by both locals and tourists alike, located right in front of JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, where it has been serving high cost-performance cuisine for the past 70 years. The owner recommends the yudofu set meal and the Saganoya set meal. The owner recommends the yudofu set meal and Saganoya Gozen. The delicious food and drinks are the perfect ending to your autumn tour of Arashiyama.

Saganoya's Yudofu Set Meal

Sashimi and yudofu (hot tofu) set meal for 1980 yen

Saganoya (department store)

  • 11 Saga Tenryuji Shurumado-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 1 minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel. 075-871-4168

11.[Access from Saganoya to Kyoto Station

1 minute walk to JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
JR Sagano line bound for Kyoto "Saga Arashiyama station" to "Kyoto station
Time required: approx. 15 min.

12.Extra: A ride on the trolley train is also recommended.

A ride on the Sagano Trolley Train, which operates between Arashiyama and Kameoka and attracts many visitors with its scenery along the tracks, is also recommended. Especially in autumn, you can luxuriously enjoy the colorful autumn leaves and the dynamic and fantastic scenes of the Hozugawa River Gorge from the train windows. Experience a trip on a classic-looking diesel locomotive.

One-way ride time: approx. 20 min.

*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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