Characteristics of this course, presented exclusively by Hankyu.

  • While taking in the beautiful natural environment, take a stroll along a historical and scenic route and experience Japan’s traditional techniques. In the evening, head out to Kyoto’s entertainment district to experience Kyoto entirely from morning until night.

    Kyoto is Japan’s representative tourist destination where you can get a feel for Japan’s traditional culture and history on every corner. Throughout the city, there are long-established stores and facilities that pass down traditional techniques and ideas and time-honored Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, as well as scenic spots of beautiful nature, thus offering much to enjoy. This time, let us introduce a special course where you can be exposed to the beauty of nature and history and experience traditional culture.

  • Approx. 36 minutes from Osaka-umeda Station to Katsura Station via a limited express on the Hankyu Railway, and then transfer to a local train at Katsura Station. You will arrive at Arashiyama Station after approx. 7 minutes. Total travel time is approx. 47 minutes.

    • 10:30 a.m.

    Watch wild Japanese monkeys up close!

    Monkey Park Iwatayama

    There are nearly 120 wild Japanese monkeys living at the park. Surrounded by the vastness of nature, visitors can watch monkeys in various activities. From the end of April to the beginning of July, cute baby monkeys entertain visitors with their adorable expressions and gestures. The rest house at the summit offers close views of monkeys in the outdoors while feeding them. Visitors can also take in 360-degree panoramic views of Kyoto City.

    Address
    8 Arashiyama Genrokuzan-cho, Nishikyo, Kyoto
    Approx. 5 minutes on foot from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Railway
    Hours
    March 15 through October 31: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 1 through March 14: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (The entrance closes 30 minutes before)
    Closed
    Open seven days a week (Closed during bad weather, heavy rainfall, etc.)
    Price
    Adults (high school students and older) JPY 550, Children (Age 4 to junior high school students) JPY 250
  • Approx.
    10 minutes (on foot)

    • 12:00 p.m.

    Cycling around Kyoto’s tasteful area.

    Cycling around the Togetsu-kyo Bridge and bamboo forest route

    Togetsu-kyo Bridge has been a landmark in Arashiyama since the early Heian period when the Emperor Kameyama wrote a poem about the way the moon appears to pass over the bridge. The sight of Togetsu-kyo Bridge and the calm flow of the Katsura-gawa River in the background of Arashiyama towering in the south is representative of Kyoto’s scenic beauty. The northern side of the bridge is the area that offers a number of tasteful sights and attractions. The bamboo forest extending about 100 meters from the north of Tenryu Temple to the vicinity of Okochi Sanso creates a green tunnel. Tranquil alley is cool even on hot summer days and makes for a perfect cycling route.

    Address
    The north of Togetsu-kyo Bridge is Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo, Kyoto, and the south of Togetsu-kyo Bridge is Arashiyama, Nishikyo, Kyoto
  • Approx.
    4 minutes (on foot)

    • 1:30 p.m.

    Enjoy the scenic beauty created 700 years ago.

    Tenryu Temple

    Daihonzan of the Tenryu-ji School of the Rinzai Sect was established as a memorial to the death of the Emperor Go-Daigo. In the past, Arashiyama, Togetsu-kyo, and Kameyama Park were also included in the premises. During the Muromachi period, the area flourished as one of five mountains in Kyoto. Although the original building at the time of its foundation was nearly destroyed in a massive fire that occurred eight times, Sogenchi Garden with the borrowed landscape of Kameyama and Arashiyama maintains the original form and passes down its ancient appearance. The garden is believed to be the oldest remains of the Chisen-Kaiyu-shiki garden (go around the pond style garden) and is also Japan’s first special historic site and a special place of scenic beauty.

    Address
    68 Susukinobaba-cho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
    Hours
    8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Closed
    Open seven days a week
    Price
    Garden: High school students and older: JPY 500, Elementary and junior high school students: JPY 300, Free admission for pre-school children. Admission to the temples is additional JPY 100 to the garden admission and additional JPY 500 for the lecture hall.
  • Approx.
    23 minutes (on foot)

    • 3:00 p.m.

    Be exposed to previous culture by enjoying the garden established in the Heian period.

    Daikaku Temple

    It is the grand head temple of the Shingon sect Daikaku-ji school, which an Imperial villa for the Emperor Saga established in 876 was its predecessor. Visitors can come in contact with valuable cultural assets such as Shoshin-den, which is the traditional style of Japanese residential architecture designated as an important cultural asset, fusuma paintings, and black-white paintings done by Sanraku Kano. Osawa Pond on the premises of the temple was created in imitation of Lake Dongting in China during the Heian period. The pond was used in a poem written by Fujiwara Kintou and is a famous place of scenic beauty of the remains of Nakoso Waterfall. It is also famous for the cherry blossom trees in spring, fall foliage, and beautiful moon in fall, making it a popular destination for ascetic training such as Shakyo Buddhist practice.

    Address
    4, Sagaosawa-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
    Hours
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
    Closed
    Open seven days a week (Admission is now allowed during events inside the temple)
    Price
    Adults - 500 yen, Junior and Senior High School Students - 300 yen, Osawa Pond, Maintenance and cooperation fee for the cultural assets - 200 yen
  • Approx.
    12 minutes (on foot)

    • 4:30 p.m.

    Experience Japanese confectionery making at an old-established Kyoto confectionery shop.

    Kanshundo Sagano

    Established in 1865, the Kyoto confectionery shop is an old-established business offering Japanese cake that reflects the season and unique dry confectionery such as tea bowls and coffee cups made of confectionery that can be used as bowls. The Japanese confectionery class (reservation required) taught by Kyoto confectionery artisans is very popular among tourists who want to experience making three types of Japanese confectioneries using traditional craftsmanship. There is also an attached tea house where visitors can enjoy the taste of Matcha set and Anmitsu desserts. Why not stop by to take a break while strolling around Kyoto?

    Address
    1-1 Sagasyakadou Daimon-Cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
    Hours
    9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Closed
    Open seven days a week (Closed temporarily during summer and winter and the New Year day)
  • Hankyu Arashiyama Station→Kyoto-kawaramachi Station
    Approx. 21 minutes

    • 7:30 p.m.

    Stroll along the entertainment district filled with the traditional atmosphere of Kyoto.

    Stroll along Hanami Koji

    It takes you to a 1 km alley that runs from north to south of Sanjo Dori to the front of Kennin Temple. The south of Shijo Dori is the Gion entertainment district lined with tea shops and old-established restaurants. The stone-paved street is decorated with deep-red lattices, Mushiko windows, and red lanterns under the eaves, offering the traditional atmosphere of Kyoto. You might run into Maiko and Geisha sometimes. Kennin Temple is located adjacent to Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater, where you can watch dance performances. The Gion corner is a popular destination among international travelers where they can enjoy seven types of traditional performing arts including Japanese flower arrangement, tea ceremony, and traditional short comedic dramas.

    Address
    Hanami Kojidori (Vicinity), Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Approx. 11 minutes from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Railway

*Fare(provisional) Osaka-umeda→Arashiyama400yen Arashiyama→Kyoto-kawaramachi230yen Kyoto-kawaramachi→Osaka-umeda400yen Total:1030yen Train fare:Save JPY330 with the one-day tourist pass!

*Travel time is an estimate of appropriate minutes.
The minutes on foot from each station are shown mainly in reference to the official websites of tourist destinations (facilities).
In addition, although the travel time for some routes are in reference to the minutes calculated using the distance measurement of Yahoo! Map, it differs depending on road conditions, etc.
*The data shown in this article is as of March 2016.
*Please note that the hours, holidays, prices, etc., of the facilities and stores shown in this article are subject to change without notice.

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