A route to take in the Kyoto Bamboo Forest!<br>International Visitors Route

Characteristics of this course, presented exclusively by Hankyu.

  • The Kyoto Bamboo Forest is very popular with visitors, so why not take a walk along the beautiful bamboo paths of Arashiyama?
    Visit famous shrines and temples while immersed in nature. The route also has plenty of dining opportunities.

    This route is bursting with bamboo, not least the Kyoto Bamboo Forest. The day includes the Bamboo Temple, yudofu, Kyoto-style sweets, as well as a shrine for good fortune in marriage. We enter Kyoto via the tram, and finish with earthy local food in Kyoto's kitchen! You could add to the fun by renting a cycle or rickshaw.

  • Approx. 43 min by Limited Express from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station to Kami-Katsura Station

    • 9:30

    A site of natural energy.
    Recharge your mind and body with the spirit of bamboo.

    Zijo-in Temple (Bamboo Temple)

    Jizo-in Temple conveys the various moods of nature all year round. The highlight is undoubtedly the bamboo forest covering the grounds, which earns it the alternative name the Bamboo Temple. Underfoot is a beautiful carpet of green moss. The area is certainly a site of natural energy. Just standing here a short while heals the mind and body. The bodhisattva is Kshitigarbha, dedicated to long life and safe childbirth. Visit early in the morning to refresh yourself at the start of your Arashiyama walk, as though cleansing the soul on the path to Nirvana. You'll be guaranteed a good feeling all day.

    Access
    23 Yamadakitanocho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto. Approx. 12 min on foot from Hankyu Kami-Katsura Station
    Visiting Times
    9:00 to 16:30
    Regular Holiday
    None
    Entry
    Free

15 min on foot

    • 10:30

    Lend an ear to the preachings,
    and be healed by the chirp of crickets.

    Kegonji and Suzumushi-dera Temples, Myotokusan

    Suzumushi-dera Temple has a broad popularity amongst men and women, young and old. The Chief Priest, Assistant Priest and monks give daily talks on how they worship at the temple and the details of their daily rites, but be warned that the room fills up quickly. The temple is named after the crickets which can be heard all year round, rather than just in autumn in other areas. Their chirp generates a tender and relaxing atmosphere. After that, visit the bodhisattva, who uniquely for Japan wears straw sandals, and offer a wish. It's sure to be granted.

    Access
    31 Matsumurojikecho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto. Approx. 15 min on food from Hankyu Matsuo-taisha Station
    Visiting Times
    9:00 to 17:00 (reception closed 16:30)
    Regular Holiday
    None
    Entry
    Adults 500 yen, Children 300 yen. Confection with green tea inclusive.

Approx. 10 min on foot

    • 11:30

    This shrine is a wellspring of energy.
    Wish for good career fortune and perpetual youth.

    Matsunoo-taisha Shrine

    Matsunoo-taisha Shrine deifies the Matsuo-no-mourei (Wild Spirit of Matsuo), a unique spirit energy of the Heian Era, and is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, with the title of city guardian shrine. It is particularly famous as a brewing deity, and is revered across Japan by brewers, and manufacturers and retailers of miso, soy sauce and vinegar. A visit to the shrine must include paying respects to the Sori of Fortune and the Stroking Turtle of Fortune, which sit to the left and right of the main gate. Be sure to pay respects to the carp for good career prospects and the turtle for long life.

    Access
    3 Arashiyama Miyamachi, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto. Approx. 5 min on foot from Hankyu Matsuo-taisha Station
    Visiting Times
    5:00 to 18:00
    Worship Times
    9:00 to 16:00 (16:30 on Sundays and National Holidays)
    Regular Holiday
    None
    Entry
    Adults 500 yen, Students 400 yen, Children 300 yen

Hankyu Matsuo-taisha Station to Arashiyama Station
Approx. 2 min

    • 13:00

    Indulge in Morika tofu and understand the real "Saga Tofu"

    Seizan Sodo

    Myochi'in is a sub-temple located in the grounds of Tenryuji Temple. Within its grounds to the left-hand side is Seizan Sodo, a shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetable dishes) restaurant directly run by Myochi'in. From the graceful tatami room you have a view over the immaculately kept garden and can enjoy your meal in a comfortable atmosphere. The only item on the menu is the yudofu set meal (3,240 yen). It includes yudofu (boiled tofu) using Morika Tofu, which has a continuous history of over 150 years, as well as shojin ryori dishes typical of a Zen temple such as home-made sesame tofu, tempura, hassun and ganmodoki (tofu and vegetable fritters).

    Access
    63 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto. Approx. 5 min walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station
    Opening Times
    11:30 to 16:30
    Regular Holiday
    Wednesday, one irregular Tuesday each month, Obon, New Year

3 mins on foot

    • 15:00

    A glimpse of the new amongst the traditional.Elegant Kyoto confectionary to soothe your heart.

    Oimatsu Arashiyama Branch

    Oimatsu produces Kyoto-style confectionary, continually coming up with new ideas for ingredients and shapes, with a specialty in wedding and tea ceremony confectionary. This is their Arashiyama Branch. Their tea house, Gen'ian, has a garden with traditional Japanese plants, and sells hon-warabi-mochi (bracken starch jellies) made fresh from real warabi with each order, namagashi (confections with fruit jellies or sweet bean paste) and zenzai (red bean soup). They also have a range of drinks perfectly matched to the sweets, including maccha, sencha, gyokuro or hojicha, adding to the fun. A great place to soak up true Kyoto atmosphere.

    Access
    Sagatenryuji, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Times
    9:00~17:00
    Regular Holiday
    Irregular
    *Popular natsukanto is 1,540 yen.

Approx. 5 min on foot

    • 16:00

    Take a break amongst the bamboo...
    A popular spot to pray for good marriage!

    Nonomiya Shrine

    This is the classic Arashiyama location, and is even mentioned in the Tale of Genji written about 1,000 years ago. The shrine has a strong association with the Imperial Household. It is now a popular destination for both domestic and international visitors as an energy center for marriage fortunes, children and learning. Don’t forget to offer a prayer to the rare black tori gate and the Kameishi turtle rubbing stone, which can make wishes come true. Every October sees the Saiku Procession, giving a sense of the elegance of Old Kyoto.

    Access
    1 Saganonomiya-cho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Visiting Times
    9:00 to 17:00
    Regular Holiday
    None
    Entry
    Free

(Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Station to Shijo-Omiya Station, 210 yen, 22 min)

Hankyu Omiya Station to Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi Station
Approx. 5 min

    • 16:00

    Enjoy an idle stroll, picking up side dishes, sweets and even souvenirs!

    Nishiki Market

    Nishiki Market is a 390 m long market situated parallel to Kyoto's main drag, Shijo Street. Both sides of the market are packed with all kinds of shops, from greengrocers, tofu sellers and side dish shops to souvenir shops and eateries. It really is like the kitchen for Kyoto citizens. The market attracts locals as well as visitors from across Japan and abroad with its traditional Kyoto dishes such as dashimaki tamago (rolled egg) and obanzai restaurants (Kyoto-style home cooked vegetable dishes). It's a great spot to catch a fascinating glimpse of the real eating habits of Kyoto people.

    Access
    Nishikikoji Dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto. 3 min walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station, 4 min walk from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station
    Opening Times
    Depends on shop
    Regular Holiday
    Depends on shop

Train Fares Osaka-umeda→Katsura, Katsura→Kami-Katsura, Matsu-taisha→Arashiyama (Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama→Shijo-Omiya), Hankyu Omiya→Kyoto-kawaramachi, Kyoto-kawaramachi→Osaka-umeda: Cumulative Fare 380 yen + 160 yen + 160 yen + 400 yen = 1,100 yen Save 400 yen using the Hankyu Tourist Pass 1 Day!

*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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