An Afternoon in Arashiyama Kyoto

Beyond the silent screen on Togetsukyo Bridge

By Bonson Lam    - 1 min read

The Sagano bamboo forests in Arashiyama are like a silent screen, where you leave behind the stresses of the city and be transported to a slower, gentler time. Likewise, if you cross the Togetsukyo Bridge and head away from the city, you will soon find yourself surrounded in a nature sanctuary, where you can float by on the same kind of wooden boats that were used a thousand years ago, and recall the stories from the Tale of Genji, the oldest novel in the world. Come, and charm yourself, in Sagano Arashiyama. These days, it is easy to transport yourself to paradise. Frequent trains on the Hankyu and Japan Rail (JR) lines from Kyoto means that you can get to Saga Arashiyama Station in 17 minutes, more quickly than Kiyomizudera or Kinkakuji by bus.

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Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric lane ways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met many distinguished people in my role as Regional Partner, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperial Family. From sushi cooking classes to Ninja training grounds I welcome your ideas on what you like from Please visit us in Kyoto or Osaka and have some green tea or sake with us.