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Take The Romantic Sagano Rail To See Early Summer In Arashiyama, Kyoto
While Kyoto is famous for sightseeing spots and historical remains, if you want to enjoy a beautiful and tasteful scenery, we recommend the north-western area of Kyoto, Arashiyama.
Written by OsawaKimie
Sightseeing in Kyoto is usually associated with touring around historical buildings. But after visiting the temples and shrines of the city, what do you usually do? While Kyoto is famous for sightseeing spots and historical remains, if you want to enjoy some beautiful and tasteful scenery, we recommend the north-western area of Kyoto: Arashiyama. In this article, we would like to introduce the best way of visiting Arashiyama: the Sagano Romantic Train.
Sagano Romantic Train
Passing through Arashiyama, the Sagano Romantic Train connects Sagano and Kanmeoka via a 25 minute leisure ride. On the train, even wearing a kimono does not look out of place. This is Kyoto for you: a beautiful blend between the old and the new.
From the window of the train, you will see the valley whose landscape changes with the seasons. Even on the train, you can embrace the nature of Sagano.
Inside the train are warm, inviting wooden chairs that give it a distinctly nostalgic atmosphere.
The red and yellow exterior looks retro and cute too. It is very popular with visitors from all over.
From the train you can see people river-rafting.
When you arrive, you are welcomed by several pottery statues of tanuki, or raccoon dogs.
Friends, families, couples, and even solo travelers can enjoy the Sagano Romantic Train. The train ride is only 25 minutes long, which is the perfect length to enjoy your ride. You may want to ride on it again when the sakura are in full bloom and during the fall when the maple leaves change color.
Wander Around Arashiyama
The Path of Bamboo
After getting off at Arashiyama Station, the whole crowd is sure to start moving towards the Path of Bamboo. The path leads you deep into the bamboo wood; it is the path that Kyoto is proud of and it attracts people all over the world. Even during the hottest of days, you can feel the soft breeze drifting between the bamboo.
This is also a nice spot to wander around in while wearing a yukata. The bamboo path is wonderfully ventilated - which makes it the best spot for a Japanese summer.
Just like its bamboo forest, Togetsu Bridge is an important symbol of Arashiyama. Crossing over Katsura River, the bridge spans 155m. It was first built 1200 years ago and hence is a very historical bridge. It was destroyed once during a strong flood and so the bridge you see nowadays was actually rebuilt in 2001. The bridge is a perfect spot to view the dynamic Arashiyama and Katsura River.
Yuba Tofu Cuisine
Tofu cuisine, the signature cuisine of Arashiyama. During hot days, cool down yourself with their refreshing ice cream.
It will surely help heal your dry throat. Reward yourself after a long walk under the sun!
How to Buy Tickets for the Sagano Romantic Train
You can buy the same-day tickets at any Sagano Romantic Train station or Midori-no-madoguchi of the JR West Japan; they are 620 yen for adults and 310 yen for children. All seats on this line are reserved, and may be sold out during peak holiday times. To learn more, please refer to the official website.
Summers in Japan are boiling hot. Come to Arashiyama to refresh yourself and get in touch with the beautiful nature of land.
Sagano Romantic Train
Address: Kyoto, Kyoto, Ukyo, Saga Tenruji
Access: 1 minute walk from JR Saga Arashiyama Station
Credit cards: Cash only for same-day tickets
Official Site: Sagano Romantic Train