Getting to ARASHIYAMA:
Estimated Travel Time: 60-70Minutes
Fare : JPY640 each way
SUBWAY NAMBA STATION
10 mins on Midosuji Line to
SUBWAY UMEDA STATION
5mins walk to
HANKYU UMEDA STATION
35mins on Hankyu Kyoto Line to
HANKYU KATSURA STATION
5mins on Hankyu Arashiyama Line to
HANKYU ARASHIYAMA STATION
- From Namba Station(M20)take the Subway Midosuji Line (marked in red)
- Buy a one way ticket 240YEN
- Take the Midosuji Line subway to Umeda Station (M16) from Platform #2
- Change Trains at UMEDA Station (M16) and take stairway “F” to the exit.
- Exit #1 or #2 to Hankyu Umeda Station
- Purchase a oneway ticket 400YEN; take a train(limited express/Tokkyu) bound for Kawaramachi from platform #1,#2 or #3 (Hankyu Kyoto Line)
- Get off at KATSURA station and change trains from the platform #C to Arashiyama station (Hankyu Arashiyama Line)
The Visitor Centres are fantastic at pointing you in the right direction of the exits etc if required!
Below is the “HANKYU AREA GUIDE” train map I grabbed, follow the green line.
You will see this goes from :
Station 01 – UMEDA,
to Station 81 – Katsura
and then along to Station 98 – Arashiyama
Its not as daunting as the instructions make out, trust me!
Detailed Map of Saga Arashiyama
The Map above gives you an overview of the small village of Arashiyama.
My travels brought me up to this quaint little village for two reasons.
1. Bamboo Forest
2. Monkey Park
So of course I ticked both off.
Starting from the bottom right of the Map you will notice “HANKYU ARASHIYAMA STATION” , this is where you get off your train into Arashiyama. Walking out of the station and following the crowds you will come to the river.
We opted to cross the Togetsukyo Bridge first and carry along the main road straight, passing all the little village shops and stalls along the way until we came to the signs for the Bamboo Forest.
The Bamboo Forest is a very tranquil place, IF you are there early enough when the crowds aren’t so big. We were lucky enough to have arrived just after 9am whilst there was still room to stroll through this magnificent pathway without too many people around.
It is one of Kyoto’s most photographed and top sights – so definitely one to add to the list of “Must Do’s”
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Now this was the absolute HIGHLIGHT of my day trip to Arashiyama!
After hearing about The Monkey Park it was an attraction I had to see while on my latest layover.
ENTRY : 550JPY per Adult
OPEN: 9am – 4.30pm
The park is located in Arashiyama and is home to about 120 snow monkeys. They are native to Japan, and, yes, these are the type of monkeys seen in iconic photos in which they’re bathing at hot springs in winter (another thing added to my bucketlist!)
The Hike to the top of the mountain is relatively easy, and has well established paths. Following the path, at the top is a view of the city, mountains and river, that truly does not disappoint! And not to mention – MONKEYS EVERYWHERE!
The one thing I was so impressed with, is that this “tourist attraction” is one of the first I have seen for a long time where they aren’t kept in captivity.
These are WILD monkeys, who are hand-fed by Humans, however the Humans are the ones in the cage for once! The Monkeys climb all over the hut to come and gobble up the delicious snacks you have brought for them – at just a small price of 100yen you could spend hours in here feeding these cheeky little guys! I opted for some peanuts and it just truly goes to show how similar they are to humans watching them eat!
Once you have finished feeding the monkeys, you come out of the hut and enjoy the stunning views, keeping your wits about you though. These cheeky guys are out and about, roaming there home mountain.
Another thing we did on our trip to Arashiyama was visit a Bengal Cat Cafe!
They have both Owls, and Cats – and you can choose one or both experiences. I had already been to an Owl Cafe on one of my other trips, as you will have seen already, so this time we opted to visit the Bengal Cats. A Must DO for any Cat lovers – Kylee and I didn’t happen to be very liked by these cats, everyone else seemed to enjoy it though haha!