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    When mind and body are ready for a break from the rigors of cultural sightseeing, head down here to the southern resort district of Arashiyama, perched along the Hozu River (or the Oi, as it's also known).
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    The maple trees setting off the river and the famous old wooden Togetsukyo Bridge make it very popular with local tourists, so it is worth avoiding on Sundays and public holidays.
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      • Arashiyama
        When mind and body are ready for a break from the rigors of cultural sightseeing, head down here to the southern resort district of Arashiyama, perched along the Hozu River (or the Oi, as it's also known).
        Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0007, Japan
      • Nonomiya Shrine
        The Nonomiya Shrine is located in Arashiyama as is one of a number number of important shrines and temples found in this region.

        It is uniquely renowned for its special role in preparing imperial princesses to serve as vestal virgins at the Grand Shrine of Ise, Japan's most important Shinto shrine.

        The shrine has a prominent role in the Tale of Genii and in a famous noh play (titled simply Nonomiya), and thus attracts people with especial interest in classical Japanese literature.
        Nonomiya Shrine Japan, 〒616-8393 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨野宮町1
      • Katsura Imperial Villa

        If you must visit only one of the two imperial villas in Kyoto the Katsura is the ultimate "must see" in a city full of them.

        Meticulously planned, Katsura is a Japanese masterpiece of residential design and garden landscaping subtlety.

        Every wall in the villa's 7 pavilions is a panel that can be slide open to view the surrounding landscape, including the gardens and also the Arashiyama Hills which are found beyond them.

        Katsura Imperial Villa Katsuramisono, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 615-8014, Japan
      • Ryōan-ji
        Ryoanji is certainly the best known of all Zen Buddhist temples.

        Its famous rock garden has sparked more debates - both admirers and critics - than the fragments of gravel in its rectangular length of 30 m by 10 m (98 ft. By 32 ft).

        There are no tires or bushes. Only 15 bare rocks adorned with ancient moss, forming clusters in the middle of white gravel which is perfectly raked.

        Although generally attributed to the great master Soami, no one knows for sure who created it, or why.

        The mystery surrounding its origins does nothing to undermine the power of its simplicity.

        Interpretation that confuses, personifies the essence of the essentially anti-intellectual precepts of Zen Buddhism.

        Dark islands in the White Sea or mountainous peaks that rise above the clouds: people see what they want to see.

        Arrive early in the morning before the crowds arrive.

        Kyoto doesn't offer any more memorable experiences than this: The isolated contemplation of Ryoanji's enigmatic rock garden.
        Ryōan-ji 13 Ryōanji Goryōnoshitachō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8001, Japan
      • Kinkaku-ji
        This is the famous "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" of Japan.

        The original pavilion of the late fourteenth century, completely covered with a gold leaf, was typical of the rampant lavishness of the Muromachi period, indulged in by Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, who built it for his retirement at the old and mature age of 38 years!

        It was burned by a young fanatical monk in 1950, rebuilt in 1955 as an exact copy of the original structure and was reconstructed in 1987 with a new gold foil coating.

        Most of its buildings are closed to the public., But you pass by an attractive house with a tea ceremony and a thatched roof, and then you can follow some winding the stone steps to the exit.
        Kinkaku-ji 1 Kinkakujichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8361, Japan
      • Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine

        Temmangu shrines around the Japan are most often statues of cows and bulls in the seated position (and not because it's about to rain!) These statues are thought to have healing properties.

        There are also thousands of plum trees and these draw the Japanese crowds just before the annual cherry blossom frenzy. They are coming for the deep pink blooms.

        Kitano Temmangu hosts its nationally famous flea market on the 25th of each month, when you'll really see massive hordes of visitors; they come for the items on sale and for rubbing the statues. It is believed that if you rub the same place as a troublesome area on the cow you may get relief from this infirmity or stress. 

        People travel from afar to sift through the offerings of used kimono, antique furniture and ceramics, antique scrolls, crafts, food, household items, and countless other categories of bric-a-brac and sundries, paying prices ranging from the reasonable to the outrageous.

        Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8386, Japan
      • Daitokuji Sanshu Temple
        This vast complex of 22 sub-temples and affiliated monasteries (down from about 60 during the Edo period) was built, burned down, and rebuilt between the 14th and 17th centuries.

        It is richly endowed with artistic treasures and some of Japan's most superb Zen gardens, reflecting its history as a renowned center of calligraphy, gardening, tea ceremony, and other relined arts.

        Four of Daitokuji's Zen sub-temples in particular offer superb gardens, teahouses, and artifacts.

        Daisen-in, the "Zen Temple without Equal," contains splendid painted fusuma (sliding panels) and wall paintings. Zuiho-in is a monastery whose curious gardens combine Zen Buddhist and Christian symbolism, together with both an attractive rock garden and an unusually geometric tea garden.

        Ryugen-in has five distinct rock gardens, one of which is apparently the smallest in Japan.
        Daitokuji Sanshu Temple Takagamine Senzokucho, Kita, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8469, Japan
      • Nijo Castle Ninomaru palace
        Nijo Castle is a poignant monument to the ironic twists of history. Built by ieyasu Tokugawa in 1603 for his occasional, reluctant visits to Kyoto (under imperial command), the castle was taken over by the Emperor Meiji after the restoration of 1868. It was here that the emperor signed the edict abolishing the shogunate and sent his carpenters round the castle to replace the Tokugawa hollyhock crest with the imperial chrysanthemum.
        Nijo Castle Ninomaru palace Japan, 〒604-8301 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Nijōjōchō, 二条通堀川西入二条城町541番地
      • Nishi Honganji Shoin

        There is a lot to see here in Nishi-Honganji. This is one of the best examples Buddhist monumental architecture in Japan; it combines a heroic, dramatic silhouette and with lavish decoration.

        These 17th-century buildings were constructed with materials brought from Fushimi Castle which was the property of Hideyoshi. This was originally on the southern side of Kyoto and was dismantled by a Tokugawa shogun in the 1630s.

        Nishi Honganji Shoin Monzencho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8358, Japan
      • Toji
        Toji is one of Kyoto's oldest temples and its massive pagoda is the largest in Japan.
        Toji 1 Kujōchō, Minami-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 601-8473, Japan

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      Graphic showing average weather in Arashiyama in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan -0.2 177.8 31.6 70
      Feb 0.1 170.7 32.2 67.2
      Mar 3.1 165.3 37.6 65.1
      Apr 9 160.4 48.2 63.1
      May 13.8 145.1 56.8 57.1
      Jun 18.1 217 64.6 85.4
      Jul 23 183.8 73.4 72.4
      Aug 23.7 170.1 74.7 67
      Sep 19.9 248 67.8 97.6
      Oct 13.6 179.6 56.5 70.7
      Nov 7.9 137 46.2 53.9
      Dec 2.9 156.9 37.2 61.8

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        • Great place to visit only early in the morning when no one else is around. Even though you might think, it’s just bamboo? There is something magical about this place. A sea of bamboo lined up, and green all around. You will not regret visiting this place. The overall distance will take no longer than a 15 minute walk from start to finish and the area is well lit up with sun rays creeping in between the bamboo. I think if you enjoy photography, then this is the place to be! Just make sure you leave early to beat the footfall coming in around 9AM. Once you leave the forest, ask one of the taxi drivers who wait at the exit for the viewpoint of the ravine below. DO NOT take the bait of getting into their taxi for a drive to the viewpoint as it is only a 10 minute walk on a inclined road. Once you reach this view-point, you can see the ravine below and the area is normally free of the tourists. It’s a nice spot to have lunch and to just relax a little. Overall, make sure you wear comfortable shoes, wear a lot of insect repellent and make lunch to go!
        • Another famous place and must visit activity. Be where early- as early as 8am onwards to enjoy the peace and the surroundings before the tourist crowds arrive and you can’t even take a picture without a clean background. There are lots of places to walk thereafter, traditional streets, quite local houses that are just so nice, lots more walking paths. Then after the long walks, head back to town, the Main Street leading to the bridge to monkey park- plenty of shops, food and snacks!
        • Really beautiful and serene walk amongst the bamboo trees. You can see the light filter through the bamboo. It is green all around. It is not usually crowded so you can be with your own thoughts. Really recommend a dy trip here if you are in Kyoto.
        • The babooforest itself was not as amazing as I hoped, but the surrounding was very nice. There are many things to do and see. I had a nice time, therefore 5 stars
        • very beautiful place. while in Kyoto, it is a must to visit. One recommendation is, after going over Togetsukyo Bridge, take the trail beside the mountain and the river where you can find many ferry boats. at the end of the trail, you will see a secret hidden place: a small beach with some rocks. I love it!


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