Arashiyama, Kyoto’s cottage country
Once a popular cottage town for Heian era aristocrats, Arashiyama is filled with scenic highlights. This tour takes you on a trolley that climbs up through the Hozu Gorge, and gives you the chance to make your way back by boat along the Hozu River. Your tour is thrilling, and filled with beautiful scenery.
The Togetsukyo Bridge is a landmark of Arashiyama. The view of Arashiyama, which includes the bridge, the river and the mountains in the background, is admired by locals and tourists. In each season, the view changes, but the best seasons are spring and autumn. If weather allows, you can enjoy boating on the river.
Located in Saga, this temple was the villa of a noble who is believed to have been the model for the hero in ‘Genji Monogatari’ (The Tale of Genji). Its main Buddha statue, a life sized statue was brought here via India and China. It has organs depicted with 5-coloured silk threads, and is quite unique.
The Daikakuji Temple was originally built as a separate imperial palace in the Heian period, and was later converted into a temple. The elegance of the architecture is remarkable. The temple offers ‘shakyo’ (copying of Buddhist sutras by hand) practice, and is called ‘a dojo (training hall) of shakyo’, since it is the oldest temple to open this practice to the public. No reservations required.