Arashiyama is located at the base of Kyoto’s western mountains, and is a lush green town with the famous bamboo grove and the Tenryu-ji temple. The area has always been a popular destination since historic times (Heian Period 794-1185), when aristocrats and nobles would escape the capital to enjoy its natural setting and breathtaking beauty during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. Today, the area is bustling with tourist activity, making it difficult to capture its true essence. But it’s still worth the trip to get a refreshing break from the main city and all the temples and shrines. This is how we spent our time there!
Kyoto Itinerary for 3 days
Kyoto may be considered as one of the world’s most culturally rich cities; 17 UNESCO world heritage sites is no easy task! And is a vision of traditional Japan that one reads about in books and magazines.
The city has a LOT to offer: ancient temples with serene and sublime gardens, colorful shrines, historic Geisha district and traditional restaurants that still honor the historic way of serving food and tea. Three days won’t seem enough, and the place will leave you yearning for more…but if you plan well in advance, you can (at least) cover the key sites offering a glimpse into the city’s historic past…