Arashiyama torokko station for Sagano scenic train, from Saga-Arashiyama JR train from Kyoto station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

So the Arashiyama torokko station is one of 4 train stations that are on the Sagano scenic railway line.

All of the train stations that are on this train line are called “torokko” stations:

 

If you’ll be taking the Sagano scenic train, you’ll choose to take the train from Saga, Arashiyama, or Kameoka.

Which one you’ll want will depend on how you want to plan the rest of your day’s activities.

The Arashiyama station can be a convenient station to start or end your Sagano scenic train ride because of its proximity to other Arashiyama attractions.

It’s located a few minutes walk from the Okochi Sanso Gardens (and teahouse), and it’s also a few minutes walk to get to the path of the famous Arashiyama bamboo forest.

 

Arashiyama torokko station to bamboo grove forest and to okochi sanso villa garden. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Arashiyama torokko station as part of one day Kyoto itinerary

I took the Sagano scenic train as a part of my one day in Arashiyama and Sagano:

 

So I did the scenic train ride first and I took it from the far end of the railway line (Kameoka torokko station) to take the train TO Arashiyama.

This left me with the rest of the day to roam around Arashiyama.

You can also take the scenic train in the opposite direction too, to go from Arashiyama to the end of the line… and you can also take it both ways.

I only took the scenic train one way which meant I got to near Kameoka torokko station by taking a JR train to nearby Umahori JR station. (You can get such a train from Kyoto station.)

 

 

Here’s a bit of what this part of my day looked like!

 

Kyoto Station to Sagano scenic railway

So my torokko boarding station of choice was Kameoka station.

This meant I would start by taking a JR train from Kyoto station to Umahori station.

At Kyoto station, you’ll find a platform for trains bound for Saga-Arashiyama.

 

Kyoto station to arashiyama torokko station JR train to Saga Arashiyama. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to arashiyama torokko station JR train to Saga Arashiyama. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to arashiyama torokko station JR train with JR pass to Saga Arashiyama. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to arashiyama torokko station JR train with JR pass to Saga Arashiyama. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

You can get on the JR train to Saga-Arashiyama no matter which torokko station you’re trying to get to.

 

Kyoto station to arashiyama torokko station JR train with JR pass to Umahori and Hozukyo. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

I actually made a side trip and stopped off at Hozukyo Station before continuing onward to Umahori. (So I went from Kyoto station to Hozukyo, and then Hozukyo to Umahori.)

But all the same, I ended up at Umahori! You can get from Kyoto station to Umahori direct. It’s the same JR train line.

Then it was about a 10 minute walk to get from Umahori JR station to Kameoka torokko station.

 

Arashiyama torokko station - sagano scenic railway train from umahori jr station and kameoka torokko station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Arashiyama torokko station - sagano scenic railway train from kameoka torokko station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And from there, I boarded the Sagano scenic train to Arashiyama!

 

 

Sagano scenic train to Arashiyama

To Arashiyama torokko station on sagano scenic railway train aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

To Arashiyama torokko station on sagano scenic railway train aka sagano romantic train along hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

To Arashiyama torokko station on sagano scenic railway train aka sagano romantic train along hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

To Arashiyama torokko station on sagano scenic railway train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Walk from Arashiyama torokko station to Saga-Arashiyama JR train station

To walk directly from the Arashiyama torokko station to the JR station would be about a 20 minute walk.

But there are also places to stop at that are directly on the walking route to the Saga-Arashiyama JR station.

For the visual on a map, have a look at this walking route.

 

Okochi Sanso Gardens

Arashiyama torokko station to Okochi sanso villa gardens to saga-arashiyama jr train station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

…and Okochi Sanso teahouse!

Arashiyama torokko station to Okochi sanso gardens teahouse to saga-arashiyama jr train station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Arashiyama bamboo grove

Arashiyama torokko station to bamboo grove forest to saga-arashiyama jr train station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

And then there are also other nearby places to visit in Arashiyama although not on the direct route from torokko train station to JR train station.

 

Tenryuji Temple

Arashiyama torokko station to Tenryuji temple to saga-arashiyama jr train station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Arashiyama monkey park

Arashiyama torokko station to monkey park to saga-arashiyama jr train station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Taking the scenic train from Arashiyama torokko station

Arashiyama torokko station for sagano scenic railway train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And then if you want to take the Sagano scenic train in the opposite direction from Arashiyama to Kameoka, you can do that too.

Your starting point can be the Arashiyama torokko station!

 

To Arashiyama torokko station from saga-arashiyama jr train station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Arashiyama torokko station for start of sagano scenic railway train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Arashiyama torokko station - where to buy sagano scenic railway train tickets - cost how much. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Arashiyama torokko station for start of sagano scenic railway train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

You can also do the walk above in the opposite direction once you arrive at the Saga-Arashiyama JR station from Kyoto station.

Otherwise, the Saga Torokko station is another option when you will be taking the train from the Arashiyama area. The Saga torokko station is right next to the Saga-Arashiyama JR station.

 

Arashiyama torokko station to Saga torokko station near saga-arashiyama jr train station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY ARASHIYAMA SCENIC TRAIN RIDE!

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with the Sagano scenic train!

 

 



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