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The Sagano and Arashi-yama is a pleasant, touristy districts located in the western part of Kyoto City.

The landscape today is still reminiscent of that period. Tenryu-ji Temple, a World Cultural Heritage Site, was erected in the 14th century.

It is one of the Kyoto-gozan (Five Major Temples of Kyoto), and the garden located there is designated as a special national scenic spot.

There are many things to see and do in the Arashiyama area, such as shops, cafes and restaurants are found in the district's busy center around area's landmark Togetsukyo Bridge and Keifuku Arashiyama Station.

Togetsu-kyo Bridge spans the Hozu-gawa River at the foot of Mt. Arashi-yama.

It is 250 meters long and still retains its 17th century appearance.

The famous bamboo groves are found in Arashi-yama. The bamboo is still used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes, mats and pieces of art.

Another thing to do is taking a boat tour down Hozu River.

The river flows through forested valley to urban Kyoto.

Alternatively, you can enjoy views of the valley from the Sagano train and can rent a bicycle at the district.

Arashiyama is particularly beautiful and busy during the cherry blossom and autumn leaf seasons.

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