I recommend spending a full day in Arashiyama as there are numerous sights and activities around the area. The fastest access from Kyoto Station is via the JR Sagano Line (also known as JR Sanin Line). Get off at Saga-Arashiyama Station and just go straight all the way through. I recommend following the tourists, as the backyard of Tenryūji Temple is the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Groves. You can choose to enter the bamboo groves prior to the temple, or the other way around. If you aren’t interested in paying, you could also just enter the Bamboo Groves and exit the same way out. The walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station to the temple would take approximately 5-10 minutes.
500 yen for the garden, extra 300 yen for the inner-temple compounds (240yen for train ride from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama)
Opening Hours: 0830 – 1730, no closing days
Our senses were muddled from mid-Summer heat and the seemingly unending shades of green. It was quiet. I had trouble taking in the beauty of the garden, it was almost as if my senses were on overload. I felt.. in peace. Well, I guess that’s what Muso Soseki was thinking of when he designed this, a space of pure tranquillity that would calm even the most busy of souls.
After wandering about the garden, we walked to the back of the garden (keep walking right and further in), and the famous bamboo groves were right there. Awaiting our arrival.
Visited: Summer 2014