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!