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.

Monkey Park (90 minutes)

Arrive in Arashiyama and head to the monkey park 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.

Togetsukyo Bridge (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.

Gioji (45 minutes)

After visiting Jojakkoji, continue north and stop off at Gioji, a small, quiet temple known for its maple trees and moss garden.

Daikakuji (90 minutes)

From the exit of Otagi Nenbutsuji, cross over to the larger, two lane road that parallels the road you arrived on. One block before the first traffic light, veer left and head through the rice fields and residential neighborhoods toward Daikakuji. Explore Daikakuji.

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

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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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