The area around the Togetsu Bridge, which spans the Rive OI, is called Arashiyama.
You just need get off at the Arashiyama Station, then search this area by your foot-walk, and you will see
the unexpectable beautiful scenery.
Take the train bound for Arashiyama from Kyoto station and walk.
Possibly the best shrines in the Arashiyama area with autumn foliage view.
Ooh and aah at the reds, oranges and yellows of the foliage and breathe in the fresh air (since vehicles are banned from the vicinity).
Use Arashiyama as a base for visiting the temples in the vicinity (Jojakoji, Tenryuji). Walk around the farmhouses and bamboo plots for that feeling of old-Japan.
Also try the dofu ice-cream - yummy!!!
Arashiyama is a great place to spend a beautiful day. There are plenty of food vendors ("yatai") so there's no need to eat at any restaurants. It's located right next to Katsura River and has excellent views of the mountains.
Taking a walk in the park, you'll run into a bamboo forest that's dark and eerie, but strangely beautiful. You can also take the Toroko "Romantic" Train which winds its way through a wonderful gorge.
Have some yakiimo (baked sweet potato) while you're there!
This western area of Kyoto is beautiful. Tranquil, peaceful, calm. The scenery amazing & breathtaking.
You can see the famous Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Nison-in Temple, Monkey Park, Tehryuji Temple, & some interesting museums & souvenir shops.
Once you arrive in Arashiyama, everyone just walks from place to place. Clean air, nice people, lots to see. You can take a bus or rent a bicycle if you want but I think walking is best. Wear comfortable shoes when you come here!
Visiting historic temples and shrines are not the only activities while you are in Arashiyamaarea. Visit Iwatayama, or a monkey mountain, where you can see groups of Japanese monkeys living in natural environment. Also you can enjoy a splendid view of a city of Kyoto from the onbervatory room on the top of the mountain. You can enjoy short hiking as well.
You can actually feed peanuts to mokeys. They will come close to you and you just frindly hand over your peanuts to them. (You must buy mokey peanuts there.)
This train travels along a track carved into the mountain just above the Hozu River. Here you can view the tall mountains Jam packed with tree's.
It is really beautiful. We went on the train late afternoon. I would reccomend travelling late morning or midday when the sun fills the gorge. I went on the boat at this time and it was so much more picturesque when the sun was there. But it still was nice in the afternoon as you could see the sunlight on the tops of the mountains. As I said earlier this train travels along the Hozu river and the scenery is the same but it is a much shorter journey so if you don't have much time this would be the way to see the Hozu river and anyway it's a different view from up above.
This is one of the must sees when visiting Kyoto. You go on a Japanese raft which is propelled by oars in the calm water. Then when you reach the rapids (not that big rapids) you begin to speed along on each rapid. While it does go down rapids most of the journey is calm and slow. This is a really scenic area with gorges on both sides which are high. When we were here we even saw a wild deer!
Looking at the mountains is just breathtaking and the sound of the water creates a really natural effect.
This is a really picturesque ride and is absolutely worth it. Apon the end of this boat trip a motor boat pulled up beside us selling all kinds of things from food to souvenirs. The boat trip takes about 2 hours.
This neighorborhood in the western part of Kyoto has the charm of old japan along with a historic old bridge
Leading from the main street in Arashiyama towards Tenryuji Temple is a bamboo grove. There is hardly any undergrowth in the bamboo grove as it leads towards the few temples in Arashiyama township.
Visit Arashiyama in Autumn (November).
*Beautiful* red maple leaves! But AVOID THE WEEKEND!! Even during the week, at the height of the season, it can be VERY crowded.