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The Familiar View by the Historical Drama Walk on the symbol of Arashiyama

Arashiyama is called an inner room of Kyoto along with Kifune, and there is an atmosphere of an adult.
Togetsukyo-Bridge is the doorway of Arashiyama. It welcomes many tourists from many countries, and it makes us more excited.


The Bridge embody the scenic beauty

It has a green mountain on the back, and cross over a clear stream. It’s a scenic beauty, it seems it steal out of a historical drama.


It seems it’s built of wood, but it is actually a concrete building except certain areas like the railing. Cars and buses can come and go.

The name “Togetsukyo-Bridge (渡月橋)” comes from the haiku “くま(雲)なき月の渡るに似る” of the Emperor Kameyama in the middle of the Kamakura period. It is said it seemed the moon cross the bridge in the night sky without the cloud.

A photography spot of Togetsukyo-Bridge

It’s hard to walk around the bridge crowded with tourists even if you want to take a photo of the bridge from the best position.
I tell you the best position.
It’s the best angle to point a camera to the southwestern side from the northeast side of the bridge.
It’s a familiar angle of the bridge. It’s been used for Ukiyoe of Hokusai Katsushika and Hiroshige Utagawa and pamphlets today.
In the season, you can put a cherry blossom and the colored leaves of the river bank in one piece of photograph.
In December, a whole Arashiyama would be illuminated. You can take a beautiful photo.

Lunch around Togetsukyo-Bridge

After arrived at Arashiyama and taking a photo of Togetsukyo-Bridge, the café “Hanashirube” is recommended. It’s handled by Kotokiki-chaya which is famous for Sakura-mochi.
It’s the nearest shop from Togetsukyo-Bridge. It’s really in front of it.
In the first floor, the seat faces toward the river. You can eat sakura-mochi and green tea
There are two types of sakura-mochi. The type wrapped with a leaf: it doesn’t use bean jam to utilize the scent of a leaf of cherry blossom, and sandwiched domyoji-rice cake with two pieces of the leaf of cherry blossom preserved in salt. And another type: domyoji-rice cake is wrapped with bean jam to express Arashiyama.
Do you feel something is missing without bean jam? Don’t worry. The balance of sweetness and salty taste of domyoji-rice cake and the green scent of the leaf is superb, and you will be satisfied.
In Hanashirabe, the meal menu including a hamburger steak and the pasta is substantial.

Togetsukyo-Bridge and houseboat

After having taken a break, let’s take a walk along Oigawa-river toward the upper.
It is said the emperor Daigo started to sail a houseboat on Oigawa-river. It has been cut off as the time advanced, but revived in the early Showa period. It’s inherited and becomes one of the scenery representing Arashiyama.
It’s a luxury time to watch houseboats. Please take a walk along the river to the upper.

From Oigawa-river to Arashiyama park, the way of Sagano bamboo forest

As going to the upper of Oigawa-river, an entrance of Arashiyama Park appears on the right.
I think many tourists would go back toward Togetsukyo-Bridge, but please go forward to Arashiyama Park.
It’s a little hard to walk as it is a hill-formed park. You would arrive at Okochi Sanso Villa after going ahead through Kameyama Park which is the little-known spot of colored leaves. There, you can see the entrance of Sagano bamboo forest in front of you. Sagano bamboo forest and Togetsukyo-Bridge are the most popular sightseeing spots.

Smart tip
  • Togetsukyo-Bridge was built approximately 100m upstream in the Showa year, but it collapsed many times. In 1606, it was rebuilt at the present position by a wealthy merchant. He spent his own expense.
  • Kotokiki-chaya is a long-established store for over 100 years. Sakura-mochi is the most popular food representing Arashiyama. There are 45 seats, and also seats at a table that faces the courtyard on the second floor.
  • “Arashiyama Hanatouro”, the event of illumination of Arashiyama is held in the middle of December. It’s held for only ten days and very crowded every year. Please go out with cold measures as the cold is severe
What's interesting

There are many good points to see: a bronze statue of Ryoui Suminokura, an observation deck, a maple tree, and cherry blossom. The entrance of Sagano bamboo forest is on the mountain. As going through the bamboo forest, it leads to the Arashiyama downtown, it’s recommended.