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

Start at Arashiyama Station
Walk to Tenryuji
5 minutes
Arashiyama's most important temple 45 minutes
Explore the expansive garden and rooms at Tenryuji Temple.
Exit from the north gate and step into the bamboo groves
1 minutes
Bamboo Groves
Iconic attraction in Arashiyama 30 minutes
Walk the paths among the bamboo groves toward Okochi Sancho. Return toward Tenryuji and Arashiyama Station.
Walk along Arashiyama's main street towards Togetsukyo Bridge
10 minutes
Togetsukyo Bridge
Arashiyama's most iconic landmark 30 minutes
Explore the riverbanks around the Togetsukyo Bridge.
Walk to the entrance of the monkey park at the bottom of the mountain
5 minutes
Monkey Park
A monkey park in the mountains 60 minutes
It takes about 10-15 minutes to climb the mountain to see the monkeys. The park also offers good views of Kyoto from the top.

Recommended Additions

Kyoto Half Day Itineraries

This itinerary is easily combined with our Northern Kyoto Half Day itinerary to make a full day plan. Or consider expanding your plans to explore Arashiyama for a full day.

Jojakkoji and Nisonin

Several small temples, such as Jojakkoji and Nisonin, are found in the mountains north of the bamboo groves. These temples have a quiet and understated atmosphere, but turn into spectacular and crowded attractions in autumn when the maple trees change colors.

Hozugawa River Cruise

Departing from near the JR Kameoka Station, the Hozu River Boat Tour is a leisurely two hour trip that takes passengers down the winding Hozugawa River to the Togetsukyo Bridge.

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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