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Series "Strolling around Kyoto's Tenryu-ji Temple and early spring Sagano"

2018.03.01

Arashiyama is a particularly popular area in ancient city, Kyoto. The rich natural scenery of clear stream and stretches of undeveloped woodland have always been popular among those that live in the cities. Right after you leave the nearest railroad station, breathtaking scenery of springtime in Arashiyama will grab your attention, as you will see the cherry blossoms that line the Katsuragawa River banks and the Togetsukyo Bridge.

Here, we will introduce you to cycling routes in the Arashiyama/Sagano area that mainly pass through beautiful cherry blossom sites. The cherry blossoms are most beautiful during March to April. Going at this time of year is highly recommended

Series "Strolling around Kyoto's Tenryu-ji Temple and early spring Sagano"

“Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square” is the place to stay if you need a base for your travel

“Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square” is the place to stay if you need a base for your travel
You can start your stroll at “Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square” in Randen Arashiyama Station. It is a multi-complex facility where Kyoto's famous souvenir shops and restaurants gather, and in March 2018, an accommodation, “First Cabin Kyoto Arashiyama,” opened with a new concept of imaging a first-class flight. One of the most beautiful places to see here is the “kimono forest,” which is a work of art made using kyoyuzen dyed fabric, lighting up at night.

“Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square” is the place to stay if you need a base for your travel2
“Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square” is the place to stay if you need a base for your travel3
Sightseeing spots are scattered in the vast Arashiyama/Sagano area, so renting a bike at “RANBURA Rental Bicycle” is highly recommended. Upon returning your bicycle, you can conveniently go looking for souvenirs or take a footbath (fee charged) to heal the fatigue after a day's tour.

“Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square” is the place to stay if you need a base for your travel4

“Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square”
●075-873-2121 (information)
●20-2, Saga-tenryuji-tsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
http://www.kyotoarashiyama.jp/
●9:00-20:00 (10:00-18:00 during late December to late March), 11:00- L.O. 20:00 for 2nd floor restaurant, 11:00-L.O. 18:00 during late December to late March.
●Open year-round

“RANBURA Rental Bicycle”
●9:00-17:00 (Bicycles are hired out until 15:00. Opens at 10:00 between late December to late March)
●Open year-round
●1,000 yen per day, 500 yen every 2 hours (3-speed bicycle)

Admire the cherry blossoms and mirror-like water surface at “Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji”

After leaving Arashiyama Station, first go to Daikaku-ji Temple, which takes about 15 minutes by bicycle.

Admire the cherry blossoms and mirror-like water surface at “Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji” ©Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji

Daikaku-ji Temple is a Monzeki Temple (a temple of high social standing where the head priest is a member of the imperial family, etc.) whose origin was Saga Rikyu-in which was constructed by Emperor Saga of the early Heian period.

Admire the cherry blossoms and mirror-like water surface at “Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji”2 © Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji

The Osawa-no-ike Pond located on the east side of Daikaku-ji Temple was created by Emperor Saga by imitating Tang's (China) Lake Dongting, and in springtime, cherry blossoms simultaneously bloom beautifully around the pond. The reflection of the cherry blossoms on the pond water and the Shingyo-hoto that stands near the pond combined with the actual cherry blossoms is a very elegant sight.

Admire the cherry blossoms and mirror-like water surface at “Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji”3 ©Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji

“Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji”
●075-871-0071
●4, Saga-osawacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
https://www.daikakuji.or.jp
●9:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
●Open year-round (depending on events, admission may not be allowed)
●Admission fee: Adults 500 yen, elementary to high school students 300 yen

Tenryu-ji Temple's beautiful garden is a famous UNESCO World Heritage

Go back the route you came from, and go to Tenryu-ji Temple as your next stop.

Tenryu-ji Temple's beautiful garden is a famous UNESCO World Heritage ©Daihonzan Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple's beautiful garden is a famous UNESCO World Heritage2 © Daihonzan Tenryu-ji Temple

The beginning of Tenryu-ji Temple is said to be when shogun Ashikaga Takauji (Muromachi Shogunitate's first shogun) established a villa as a Joko's (retired Emperor) temporary housing, to mourn Emperor Go-Daigo. Muso Soseki, who had created many gardens before, made this majestic garden using the scenery of Arashiyama's mountains, which is purely a masterpiece.

Tenryu-ji Temple's beautiful garden is a famous UNESCO World Heritage3 © Daihonzan Tenryu-ji Temple

The attraction in springtime is the shidare cherry trees that surround the Tahoden Hall, which enshrines Emperor Go-daigo. From the “Bokyo no oka (hill overlooking Kyoto),” located on the west side of Tahoden Hall, you can overlook the halls and cherry trees that stand within the vast grounds.

“Tenryu-ji Temple”
●075-881-1235
●68, Saga-tenryuji-susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
http://www.tenryuji.com
●Open: 8:30-17:30 (closes at 17:00 between October 21-March 20) North Gate closes 30 minutes before closing time)
●Open year-round
*The Hatto (Dharma Hall) with the “Unryu-zu (Cloud-Dragon Painting)” is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only, and during specially designated periods during the spring and autumn
●Admission: Garden only 500 yen (additional 300 yen for buildings, additional 500 yen for the “Unryu-zu (Cloud-Dragon Painting)” of the Hatto (Dharma Hall)

If you want to take a break, “Honke Sakura-mochi Kotokikichaya” is where to go

While the cherry blossom viewing, you can take a break at “Kotokikichaya” located on the north side of Togetsukyo Bridge.

If you want to take a break, “Honke Sakura-mochi Kotokikichaya” is where to go
If you want to take a break, “Honke Sakura-mochi Kotokikichaya” is where to go2
Sakura-mochi that is Domyoji-mochi (rice cake made from domyoji-ko powder, which is mainly made from glutinous rice) wrapped in cherry leaf pickled in salt; and rice cake wrapped in red bean paste, are their two leading items. Eating them along with maccha tea is recommended.

“Honke Sakura-mochi Kotokikichaya”
●075-861-0184
●1, Saga-tenryuji-susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
http://www.kotokikichaya.co.jp/
●10:00-17:00 (L.O. 16:30)
●Closed on Thursdays (closed on irregular Wednesdays)

Go a bit further and have a view of a wide variety of cherry blossoms at “Kurumazaki-jinjya Shrine”

If you plan to go to your lodging place using the Randen, stop by at Kurumazaki-jinjya Shrine.

Go a bit further and have a view of a wide variety of cherry blossoms at “Kurumazaki-jinjya Shrine”
It is a temple famous for good luck with money and marriage, and also its Geino-jinjya (shrine for entertainment professions) shrine. In springtime, about 15 kinds of cherry trees on the grounds blossom beautifully. Many are rare kinds, so look carefully at each flower.

Go a bit further and have a view of a wide variety of cherry blossoms at “Kurumazaki-jinjya Shrine”2
The early ones blossom around mid-March, and the late ones are mid-April, so this is where you can enjoy the flowers for a long time.

“Kurumazaki-jinjya Shrine”
●075-861-0039
●23, Saga-asahicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
http://www.kurumazakijinja.or.jp/
●Free admission

*The above information was last updated February 26, 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.

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