Trip To Japan – Kyoto (Part 3)

One of the best regions in Japan. 

Arashiyama and Sagano


One of the most visited places in Kyoto. (To get the best shot of bamboo groves and post on Instagram)

Arashiyama has quite a number of tourists attractions to visit such as shrines, streets, restaurants and taking their Hozugawa River Cruises or Sagano Romantic Train for a scenic view. You can spend half a day here without any regrets.

Directions : Short walk from Saga – Arashiyama Station

Sagano Romantic Train


Saga-Arashiyama Station
Torroko Saga Station


If you are planning to board this train, do buy the tickets in advance to ensure your seats during the peak season. It is not a first-come, first-served basis. And seats are numbered so I recommend buying the tickets early.

We planned to buy the afternoon time slots but it was fully sold out and the only available slot left was 12.07pm departure slot. In addition, the seats were not placed together. After purchase, we headed straight to Arashiyama and did a bit of sightseeing first.

You can purchase the tickets at Torokko Saga Station or any JR Ticket office in the Kansai Region. (I bought mine at JR Kyoto Station which allowed me the time to decide where to go next)


Duration : 25 minute

Where to board : At Torokko Saga Station (beside Saga Arashiyama Station) or at their terminal station,  Torokko Kameoka Station (heading back to Arashiyama)

Fees : 620 Yen (One way)

Website : Sagano Romantic Train

If you plan to buy a one-way trip ticket to Torokko Kameoka, that’s alright too. From the train station, take a 5 min walk to Umahori Station from where you can catch a JR train back to Arashiyama or Kyoto.

There are plenty of great views along the way.


Hozugawa River Cruises


Alternatively, you can take a boat ride for a scenic view.

Fees : 4100 yen (no reservations)

Duration : 2 hour

Website : Hozugawa River Cruises

To add a bit of excitement into your sightseeing trip, do rent a bicycle or take a rickshaw tour around.

Kyoto Imperial Palace/Garden

It’s a pity that we didn’t get to tour the inner grounds without a tour. Thus, we were able to look the Imperial Park only. This applies to Tokyo Imperial Palace.

Direction : Short walk from Marutamachi or Imadegawa Station

Fees : Free

Website : Imperial Household Agency

Kiyomizudera Temple



  • Alighting at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop via bus number 100 or 206 and walk uphill for 10 minutes
  • 20 minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station

Fee: 400 yen

Website : Kiyomizudera


After touring Kiyomizudera Temple, there is a long street downhill. You may grab a bite or do a bit of shopping before heading off to the next temple or shrine. Some shrines/temples are located nearby too.

A group of Japanese students taking class/school photo


Fushimi Inari Shrine


Street outside the shrine

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Direction : Located outside JR Inari Station

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)


Prayer Candle
Getting your fortune told

Direction : Taking a Direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen

Fees : 400 yen

Kyoto Tower 


To be honest, I did not visit Kyoto Tower because I would rather spend 1000 yen on Umeda Sky Building.

Direction : North side of Kyoto Station

Fees : 770 yen

Economical Tickets/Passes

  • Kansai Thru Pass 2-day/3-day

Best tourist pass for those who are intending in Kansai Area for 2 to 3 days. Kansai Area includes Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama and Koyasan.

2-day Pass: Adult 4,000yen, Child 2,000yen
3-day Pass: Adult 5,200yen, Child 2,600yen

Kansai Thru Pass : Link

  • Kyoto Sightseeing 1-day/2-day Pass

All-day passes for travel within an allocated block by City Bus, Municipal Subway Line or Kyoto Bus. Highly recommend because a bus ride in Kyoto would cost around 230 yen so this pass saves a lot of money.

1-day Pass: Adults: 1,200yen Children: 600yen
2-day Pass: Adults: 2,000yen Children: 1,000yen

  • Kyoto City Bus 1-day pass

Good for one whole day on City Buses within a designated area of Kyoto City.

Adults: 500yen Children: 250yen

For more information on Kyoto and its tour tickets, refer here.

I shall end my post here.

Part 1 : Trip to Japan – Here

Part 2 : Trip to Japan – Osaka – Here

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