Sightseeing in Kyoto

"TOGETSUKYO" is a famous site for ARASHIYAMA sightseeing! Let's go discover the very beautiful view, a collaboration of bridge, river, and mountains during the season of Autumnal colored leaves !

Autumnal view of ARASHIYAMA mountains and TOGETUKYO

Autumnal view of ARASHIYAMA mountains and TOGETUKYO
"ARASHIYAMA" is one of the representative sites for sightsseeing in Kyoto. Among many of those who visit Kyoto for sightseeing, whoever it is, people say that the person will go over the Symbolic bridge of ARASHIYAMA. Those tourist guide books are sure to feature this place for sightseeing in ARASHIYAMAIt is the major sighseeing spot in ARASHIYAMA.

"TOGETSUKYO" is a 155 meter bridge over Katsuragawa, and the color of wodden handrails "melts into the nature," creating a marvelous scenary with a very typical Kyoto atomosphere.
The reason for the bridge being named "TOGETSUKYO" goes back to Heian period when former emperor Kameyama expressed his impression of the bridge saying, "It is like a moon crossing a bridge, " thus they named the bridge "TOGETSUKYO."

"TOGETSUKYO" is the starting point of SAGA-ARASHIYAMA sightseeing, and it is a very popular spot for many people, not only those from Japan but also from all over the world. We can enjoy beautiful sceneries aor all seasons, but the most amazing is the season of autumnal leaves MOMIJI, when visitors can enjoy the nature of autumnal leaves in ARASHIYAMA, gentle Katsuragawa, and the beautifully curved bridge.

The colors of autumnal colored leaves on the mountains, and watching the beautiful gradation colors of trees in the mountains and their colors collaborate to create gradation. it is an ideal place to enjoy the autumn season of Japan.

Speaking of different seasons, there are; a beautiful spring season of cherry blossom changing ARASHIYAMA area into a world of pink and in early summer, the fresh green color is very beautiful. In all, we can enjoy the beautiful nature.

Also, in winter and spring, there will be illumination service , creating fantastic and gorgeous atomosphere in the entire Arashiyama area.

We would like to introduce here the detailed information of "TOGETSU KYO" where we can enjoy the special "Kyoto" , the highlights, popular lunch spots,

Article of ARASHIYAMA "TOGETUKYO" -Contents-

1,Basic and useful information of TOGETSUKYO
2,Highlights of the ARASHIYAMA's symbol "TOGETSUKYO"
3,A must-see! Beautiful MOMIJI of TOGETSUKYO
5,Recommended lunch spots around TOGETSUKYO
6,Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept
8,Recommended information around TOGETSUKYO

1,Basic and useful information of TOGETSUKYO

Basic information


English name:TOGETSUKYO
Area:Kyoto city area (Near Arashiyama & Takao)
Postal code:616-8383
Address:Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Tel:075-861-1101 ※Kyoto Ukyo-ku Ward Office
Closed days:None
Admission fee:Free
Parking:No parking operated by TOGETSUKYO.
※However, there is a coin-operated paking lots available in the area.
Official website:None

Useful information

Within 10 minutes walk from the nearest station:◯
Credit card:n/a
Foreighn language speaking staff:None
Free Wi-Fi:None
Average duration time of stay:About 15 minutes ~
Handicap preparedness:Wheel chairs can pass through TOGETSUKYO.

※There are paid parking lots available at "Kyoto city Arashiyama Sightseeing parking lot" close by.
Standard size car 1000 yen/day

Other useful information:

・TOGETSUKYO is very crowded during the season of "autumnal colored leaves, MOMIJI."
Especially, it gets very crowed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, it is recommended that we plan ahead and choose less crowded date/times: go early in the morning or during the less crowded weekdays which are .

2,Highlights of the ARASHIYAMA's symbol "TOGETSUKYO"

a scenery of TOGETSUKYO in Arashiyama on a very sunny, summer day

"TOGETSUKYO" can be called a symbol of ARASHIYAMA sightseeing spots.
"TOGETSUKYO, " which has a long history, is now a very famous place where many tourists from all over the world visit.

Here are the photos of such amazing TOGETSUKYO.

●Enjoy photos of such famous TOGETSUKYO!



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During the sunset time, we can view the beautiful sunset color.
It is amazing to see the mountains reflect the color of sunset. It is an unique view only TOGETSUKYO can offer.

View of spring Arashiyama with cherry blossoms

Arashiyama with cherry blossom from TOGETSUKYO.

In the spring, we can view the beautiful scenery in which cherry blossoms melt into the moutains right in front of us.

●Highlights of TSUTENKYO under autumn sky

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During the sunset time, we can enjoy the special, beautiful view of "TOTSUKIKYO" and "ARASHIYAMA mountains" reflecting the sunset color.

●Highlights of TSUTENKYO during cherry blossom season, spring.

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In the spring, the mountains of ARASHIYAMA turn to a cherry blossom color. When we look at the mountins from TOGETSUKYO, we would see the mountains colored with cherry blossoms.

●Higjlights of summer green mountains and TOGETUKYO



From spring to summer, we can enjoy the combination view of three colors; the green color of ARASHIYAMA mountains, the blue color of sky, and the color of TOGETUKYO.

Highlights of winter TOGETSUKYO



Winter in Kyoto is known to be very cold, and there are several snow days that would change the world into white color.
Views of snow covered ARASHIYAMA and TOGETSUKYO are also precious.

●Highlights of viewing TOGETSUKYO from the benches along Katsuragawa

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There are benches located along Katsuragawa, and we can sit on those benches and view TOGETSUKYO and the surrounding mountains while taking a break.
It is the place we recommend where you can relax and enjooy the view.


●Highlights of TOGETSUKYO at night

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Contrary to very crowded daytime, there are very few people at TOGETSUKYO at night.
Shops in the area are closed, and only the lights of TOGETSUKYO is lighting the area in quietness.
We recommend that you take a walk at night at TOGETSUKYO during the mild climate seasons.

Google Street View of TOGETSUKYO

We can take a look at TOGETSUKYO view using Google Street View.


If you see Google Street view, you can actually experience how crossing TOGETSUKYO would be like. Please visit this site and experience it if you cannot visit TOGETSUKYO.

3,A must-see! Beautiful MOMIJI of TOGETSUKYO


The view of "MOMIJI," which is the famous autumn favorite of ARASHIYAMA, is also a must-see.
The trees in the mountains in front of TOGETSUKYO change their colors beautifully and they produce the gorgeous autumn view of Kyoto ARASHIYAMA.

It is great to view the mountains of autumnal colors from TOGETSUKYO.
It is also great to enjoy the autumnal view of TOGETSUKYO and the mountains from riverside right by TOGETSUKYO.

Please experience the "pleasure time" in Kyoto only possible during the autumn season.

Autumn scenery of ARASHIYAMA mountains and TOGESTUKYO




Every year "KYOTO ARASHIYAMA HANATOUROU" starts in winter from early December.
Here, the area becomes a fantastic world with lights shining on TOGETUKYO and the surrounding mountains.

This light up is very beautiful, so beautiful that it makes us forget about the cold climate of Kyoto. Here we will introduce the "KYOTO ARASHIYAMA HANATOROU" こwhich took place in the pst.







ARASHIYAMA area is normally vey dark, but with the illumination, the area becomes bright and gorgeous. "KYOTO ARASHIYAMA HANATOUROU" is an event that lasts only for a week. Please visit this area when you get a chance to visit Kyoto during this season.


Quote:KYOTO ARASHIYAMA HANATOUROU official site/http://www.hanatouro.jp/arashiyama/index.html

Above is the event area map of HANATOUROU.

Dates:December 9th, 2016 (Friday) 〜December 18th, (Sunday)
Hours:17:30 〜 20:30

During the ARASHIYAMA HANATOUROU event, TOGETSUKYO and the surroundings are lit up and in addition, another popular spot in ARASHIYAMA called "CHIKURIN" is also lit up.

5,Recommended lunch spots around TOGETSUKYO

The shops in the ARASHIYAMA area close early at night. Therefore, we recommend you have lunch in this area rather than dinner because there will be more options.

Here, we introduce restaurants near TOGETSUKYO with recommended lunch menu.

"YUDOFU TAKEMURA" A famous and very popular YUDOFU restaurant in ARASHIYAMA!


Speaking of "a popular YUDOFU restaurant in ARASHIYAMA,"the first restaurant many people mention is the prestigious restaurant called "YUDOFU TAKEMURA," the restaurant that opened in 1960.

In this ARASHIYAMA area, we can enjoy the traditional and delicious tofu called "MORIKA-TOFU," which is very famous. Some people may feel that a prestigious YUDOFU restaurant may be very expensive, but at this "YUDOFU TAKEMURA," the set menu of "KYOTO CUISINE" starts from 2,600 yen.

※The price is as of October, 2016, it is subject to change.

They basically serve set menus. However, there are one-dish menu of YUDOFU or house-made GOMADOFU.

We recommend you visit this prestigious "YUDOFU TAKEMURA" to those who would like to enjoy the best YUDOFU in ARASHIYAMA.

"Detailed restaurant information of "YUDOFU TAKEMURA"

Go to "HIROKAWA" if you want to try "UNAGI" in ARASHIYAMA!

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A prestigious UNAGI restaurant "HIROKAWA" is not only famous in ARASHIYAMA/SAGANO area, but it also represents the whole Kyoto area.
It is a very popular restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide as an one-star restaurant.

HIROKAWA's signatura menu is UNAJU (UNAGI on rice) whose UNAGI is very delicious with soft texture and it is smell-less.
Of course there are preferences in every person regarding the way of cooking and the sauce, but, the UNAGI at HIROKAWA would not disappoint anyone, all the guests are satisfied and leave the restaurant happily. It is such highly-rated restaurant by many.

It is a very popular restaurant that it is always crowded, people form a line to get in during the lunch hours.
For those who do not want to wait, HIROKAWA takes reservations with an additional charge.
If you don't have enough time, making a reservation would make your trip smoother and you can make good use of your time for sightseeing at ARASHIYAMA.

We recommend that you try this famous, Michelin Guide listed restaurant which represents Kyoto when you visit ARASHIYAMA.

Detailed information of "HIROKAWA"

"ARASHIYAMA YOSHIMURA" is where you can enjoy the genuine SOBA with the beautiful view of ARASHIYAMA

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”ARASHIYAMA YOSHIMURA" is where you can enjoy lunch while viewing the beautiful scenery of TOGETUKYO and ARASHIYAMA mountains.

Selected ingredients, hand made noodles ..., every aspect of the SOBA served here is genuine and refined.

The location right next to TOGETSUKYO is perfect to stop by during the ARASHIYAMA tour.

The building and the garden are in a very KYOTO taste, and in front of it are the beautiful views of TOGETSUKYO and the mountains. In all, it is a fantastic restaurant to stop by.

The pricing is higher due to the quality and the hand-made noodles, but the taste is guaranteed. Every visitor will enjoy the delicious, genuine SOBA here at "ARASHIYAMA YOSHIMURA."

It will be a wonderful Kyoto-way of enjoying lunch to have delicious SOBA, looking at amazing scenery of ARASHIYAMA comfortablly.

See here for detailed information of "ARASIYAMA YOSHIMURA."

6,Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept


ARASHIYAMA has become a very popular sightseeing landmark in Kyoto, and we can say that "TOGETSUKYO" is always the "starting point" of the ARASHIYAMA tour, being the center spot for the entire sightseeing of the area.

In the vicinity, there are many popular places such as World Heritage Site "TENRYUJI TEMPLE," ARASHIYAMA famous "CHIKURIN (bamboo forest)," and "SAGANO TOROKKO TRAIN" which offer the beautiful vew from ARASHIYAMA to KAMEOKA.There are other fun activities to offer such as eating "SAGANO croquette," or "NAKAMURAYA croquette," or going to a former SENTO bath "SAGANO-YU," or to "eX cafe ARASHIYAMA headquarter" where you can experience a Kyoto-style, Japanese atomospere, Cafe such as "arapika Kyoto Arashiyama" or lunch at famous UNAGI restaurant "HIROKAWA," or at famous YUDOFU resaturant "YUDOFU TAKEMURA." Many people visit ARASHIYAMA to enjoy sightseeing and to have delicious meals.

Among all the places in ARASHIYAMA, TOGETSUKYO attracts many people especially during the spring cherry blossom season and the autumn MOMIJI season for their breathtaking sceneries. Please enjoy the beautiful views of ARASHIYAMA mountains from "TOGETSUKYO" and the view of TOGETSUKYO and the mountains looking from a place distant from TOGETSUKYO.

In addition, in the beginning of December, there is an event "KYOTO ARASHIYAMA HANATOURO" and they light up TOGETSUKYO and the surrounding area. Don't miss this light-up event!


Postal code:616-8383
Address:Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Tel:075-861-1101 ※Kyoto city Ukyo-ku ward office
Closed day:None
Traffic information:

・Take Hankyu Densha Arashiyama-sen to "ARASHIYAMA" station and 5 minutes' walk
・Take Kyofuku Dentetsu Arashi-den to "ARASHIYAMA" station and 3 minutes' walk
・Take JR Saga-sen to "SAGA ARASHIYAMA" station and 10 minutes' walk

・From JR Kyoto-sen "KYOTO" station,

Take Kyoto Municipal Bus to "ARASHIYAMA TENRYUJI MAE," and "TOGETSUKYO" would be right there.

8,Recommended information around TOGETSUKYO

【Sightseeing articles】

Enjoy cherry blossom tunnel in the spring, fresh green colors in the summer, and the autumnal colors in the fall on the "SAGANO TOROKKO TRAIN."


【Gourmet articles】

Enjoy Kyoto's famous "SAGA-DOFU" and the Kyoto atomospere at a prestigious restaurant "YUDOUFU TAKEMURA"!

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