So this day will be a little bit of a day of contrasts in Kyoto with one day in Arashiyama and Sagano!
Arashiyama is located a bit away from the main area of Kyoto, but it is a popular tourist spot.
It’s basically another neighborhood in Kyoto that has some worthy spots to visit.
By following this Arashiyama and Sagano itinerary, you’ll get in a couple of the famous Arashiyama attractions in which crowds full of tourists are almost certain.
But you will also have a couple of activities that will allow you to escape those crowds too!
Best things to do in Arashiyama and Sagano in one day
1. Hozugawa River
5. Tenryuji Temple (world heritage site)
Arashiyama tourist map
This map may not work very well on this page on mobile, sorry!
In that case, have a look at this Arashiyama map in Google Maps!
Whether you’re on mobile or desktop, click on an icon for more information about each location!
How to get around for this Arashiyama and Sagano itinerary
- Kyoto Station to Arashiyama
- Hozukyo JR station to Hozukyo torokko station walk (and back) (OR Hozugawa river rafting)
- JR Hozukyo Station to Kameoka torokko train station (train + walk)
- Sagano scenic train ride to Arashiyama torokko station
- Walk to Okochi Sanso villa
- Visit Okochi Sanso gardens and teahouse
- Walk to bamboo grove
- Walk through Arashiyama bamboo forest
- Walk to Tenryuji Temple
- Visit Tenryuji Temple
- Walk across Togetsukyo Bridge
- Visit Arashiyama monkey park (check closing time before you go – it could be 4:30pm)
- Walk to train station
- Train from Arashiyama to Kyoto Station
Quick tips for getting around Kyoto
- The Google Maps app is also a reliable way to figure out how to get around Kyoto by bus and train
- The Japan Travel Navitime app can be good if you’re trying to figure out the best way to get around with a JR pass (or to help you decide if it’s better to get around without your JR pass)
- The Google Translate app has a feature where you can take a picture of Japanese writing and it will translate it for you
- The ICOCA card is SO worth it to get if you’ll be taking the bus or train to get around Kyoto. (No cost savings, but it’s highly convenient so you won’t have to go through the hassle of buying individual tickets! They are basically recharge cash cards.)
HAPPY ONE DAY IN ARASHIYAMA AND SAGANO!
Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Arashiyama and Sagano!
- Day 1: Top tourist spots with one day bus pass
- Day 2: Fushimi Inari shrine hike through 1,000 torii gates
- Day 3: Philosopher’s Path walk
- Day 4: Arashiyama and Sagano
- Day 5: Kurama Kibune Ohara with one day pass
More quick tips for planning your trip to JapanThere are affiliate links on this page that take you to partner websites.
For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.
Hotels in KyotoSearch for deals on Kyoto hotels here.
For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.
Kyoto can also be a good place to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan, like this one. Or if you're on more of a budget, try this one.
Also use the map below to see more hotels in Kyoto!
Shoes for JapanFor summer travel, hiking sandals can be perfect for walking around cities and for many of the short day hikes! See travel sandals like these for women and these for men.
Japan is a mountain country so be sure to get in some hikes!
See trail running shoes too (for women - for men) for other solid hikes including climbing Mt Fuji.
Speaking of hiking, I love this daypack.
The super fast train in JapanIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.
See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
Best travel guides for JapanIf you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.
For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.
See more of the best books for Japan trip planning.
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Sometimes it makes sense to book direct - my preferred way!
But this booking site will search a combination of airlines, including those who aren't partner airlines, which means that they can help you find cheaper flights by booking individual flights for you as part of one flight itinerary. This can be especially helpful if you're not flying out of a major hub with direct flights to Japan.
I've missed a flight booked through them and it was taken care of with hotel and new flight.
See more tips for finding cheap flights to Japan.