The following is a suggested full day itinerary for medium paced travelers that takes you through Kyoto's Arashiyama District. This itinerary can be modified with a few recommended additions.

Start at Arashiyama Station
Walk to the Monkey Park Iwatayama
10 minutes
Monkey Park
A monkey park in the mountains 90 minutes
The monkey park is on the south of the Togetsukyo Bridge. It takes about 20 minutes to climb the mountain to see the monkeys, and there are good views of Kyoto from the top.
Walk to Togetsukyo Bridge
5 minutes
Togetsukyo Bridge
Arashiyama's most iconic landmark 15 minutes
Cross the Togetsukyo Bridge and spend a few minutes viewing the bridge. Some of the best views are from downstream of the bridge.
Walk to Tenryuji Temple
5 minutes
Arashiyama's most important temple 45 minutes
Explore the expansive garden and rooms at Tenryuji Temple.
Leave Tenryuji through the back entrance
Bamboo Groves
Iconic attraction in Arashiyama 30 minutes
Explore the bamboo groves behind Tenryuji Temple.
Walk to Arashiyama Station
5 minutes
Rent a bicycle
Cycle to Jojakkoji
10 minutes
Quiet temple known for its fall colors 30 minutes
Explore Jojakkoji. The temple is best in autumn when the leaves change colors.
Continue north from Jojakkoji to Gioji
5 minutes
Quiet temple with a moss garden 45 minutes
Gioji is a small, quiet temple known for its maple trees and moss garden.
Cycle northwards along the main road
5 minutes
Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street
Historic street lined by traditional townhouses 45 minutes
Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street is a historic street lined by traditional townhouses (machiya). Explore the shops and restaurants along the way. This may be a good place to have lunch.
Continue north along the main road
5 minutes
Otagi Nenbutsuji
Temple famous for its 1200 stone rakan statues 60 minutes
Otagi Nenbutsuji is a temple whose grounds are covered in hundreds of small stone statues.
Backtrack to Daikakuji Temple
10 minutes
A large temple of historical importance 90 minutes
Explore Daikakuji, its buildings, museum and the Osawa Pond. It is one of the best places to feel the ancient court atmosphere and is often used for filming historical dramas.
Return to Arashiyama Station
10 minutes

Recommended Additions

Kyoto Half Day Itineraries

Although already a full day's itinerary, fast travellers may wish to combine this with our Northern Kyoto itinerary.


Nisonin is another small temple between Jojakkoji and Gioji. This temple has a quiet and understated atmosphere, but turns into a popular autumn color spot in the second half of November.

Adashino Nenbutsuji

Not to be confused with nearby Otagi Nenbutsuji, the Adashino Nenbutsuji is another interesting temple in the area. It has hundred of stone statues as well as a small bamboo grove.

Hotels around Kyoto

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel Ks House Kyoto
One of Kyoto's most popular hostels. A ten minute walk from Kyoto Station.
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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Located inside Kyoto Station, this is Kyoto's most convenient 4-star hotel.
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Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel
Elegant luxury hotel located near Sanjusangendo Temple.
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Khaosan Kyoto Guest House
Cheap and popular hostel located in the heart of the city near Kawaramachi Station.
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New Miyako Hotel Kyoto
Reasonably priced 3-star hotel located just across the street from Kyoto Station.
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Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
Modern hotel along Sanjo Street close to Pontocho and other dining options.
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