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Arashiyama, River and Bamboo Forest is a 2.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 465 ft Route type Point to Point

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Hot springs

River

Wildlife

City walk

Historic site

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Note: Due to COVID-19 measures, the monkey forest is closed.

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Cynthia Paylor
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Hiking

Very crowded but absolutely gorgeous. My advice is to get there extremely early if you want to just enjoy the stunning views of the Bamboo. Really easy walk.

S Friedrich
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Wonderful trail through the bamboo forest. There's a not so tiny private property including a tea house with delicious green tea. There's a small fee to enter but it's worth it in my opinion

Richard McDonald
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Walking

It's a very nice walk (not a hike!) through some lovely scenery. Am sure in busy times it gets packed with tourists.

Emanuel Lorenzo
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The monkey forest was close by corona, besides that the walk is really beautiful. If you are in Kyoto you should come since it’s vibe is very traditional and totally worth for a Sunday walk.

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Kirsten Morgan
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Hiking

Probably my favorite spot I visited in Japan! This whole area is beautiful, but this was out of this world! Worth getting up early for to beat the crowds. Recommend going to bamboo forest first, walk by the river next, grab a coffee by the water, and make your way to the monkey park!

James Gardiner
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Nature trips

The bamboo forest is unbelievable. I would fully recommend getting there as early as possible as it is a tourist trap, gets super busy.

Daniel McLeish
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Hiking

Great trail! Waited by the temple at the start for 40 minutes until 830am when it opened only to realize the trail started the next street over and behind the temple. Still managed to beat the crowds! Went through the bamboo forest and then over and up to the monkey sanctuary. Easy hike without much of a climb

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Viktor Vratchev
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Hiking

Very easy trail, really not even that much of a trial, more of a touristy nature walk since it’s always crowded with tourists. Still, if you’re in Kyoto this is a MUST DO.

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Hiking

This is one of my fav things about Kyoto, easy walk!

Crystal Mele
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Hiking

Monkey park takes about 20 mins uphill to the top. The halfway point rest area was air conditioned and had comfortable seating. Bamboo forest was BEAUTIFUL. *Make sure to get there early (around 8am) to avoid crowds!*

Fabian Portese
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Hiking

We did this last year , it was easy and fun

Sharon Goldman-Salach
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Hiking

Beautiful temples but bamboo forest sooo crowded and not very impressive. Not a difficult hike/walk

David Platt
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Walking
First to Review

the bamboo forest is absolutely unforgettable

Felipe Da Silva
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Kelsey W
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Andrew Howery
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James Moore
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Kattia Peralta
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Adam Freed
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Loften D.
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Walt Orlowsky
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Blair Nelson
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David Mellul
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David Mellul
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Chris Brooks
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Sam Sabeti
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Jirius Normand
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Karen Khoo
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K B.
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justine d.
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