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Togetsukyo Bridge: Tips for Visiting Kyoto Arashiyama's Iconic Symbol!

Togetsukyo Bridge: Tips for Visiting Kyoto Arashiyama's Iconic Symbol!

Date published: 5 August 2020

Togetsukyo Bridge is the particularly scenic spot in Kyoto that lies at the center of the Arashiyama area. Today we’ll show you around the area surrounding Togetsukyo Bridge, in all its beauty, plus interesting places in the vicinity.

Table of Contents
  1. How to get to Togetsukyo Bridge
  2. History of Togetsukyo Bridge
  3. What's there to see in the Togetsukyo Bridge area
  4. Enjoy shopping and food near Togetsukyo Bridge
  5. Enjoy the atmosphere in Kyoto, Arashiyama, and Togetsukyo Bridge!

How to get to Togetsukyo Bridge

There are three main stations in Kyoto-Arashiyama. The first is Arashiyama Station, the closest to the center of Arashiyama. The second is JR Saga Arashiyama Station, easily accessible also from other prefectures, in addition to JR Kyoto Station. The third is Hankyu Arashiyama Station, easily accessible from Kyoto City.

Randen Arashiyama Station

If you are close to Hankyu Omiya Station or Karasuma Station, you can take the train from Randen Shijo Omiya Station to Randen Arashiyama without transferring (about 21 minutes, 220 yen one way). From there, Togetsukyo Bridge is about 5 minutes walking.

JR Saga Arashiyama Station

If you are coming from JR Kyoto Station or JR Osaka Station, we recommend going to JR Saga Arashiyama Station. Togetsukyo Bridge is a 15-minute walk away.

・From JR Kyoto Station: Take the JR Sagano Line and get off at Saga Arashiyama Station (about 17 minutes, 240 yen one way).
・From JR Osaka Station: Take the JR Tokaido Line new rapid train and get off at Kyoto Station. Transfer to the JR Sagano Line bound for Saga Arashiyama Station (About 1 hour and 4 minutes, 990 yen one way).
・From JR Kansai Airport Station: Take the JR Kansai Rapid Service and get off at Osaka Station. Transfer to the new rapid train on the JR Tokaido Line to Kyoto Station. Transfer to the JR Sagano Line bound for Saga Arashiyama Station (About 2 hours and 15 minutes, 2,200 yen one way).

Hankyu Arashiyama Station

It’s convenient to use the Hankyu Line from Gion, the center of Kyoto city, or from the nearby Kyoto Kawaramachi Station. Togetsukyo Bridge is a 10-15-minute walk.

・From Hankyu Kyoto Kawaramachi Station: take the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line Limited Express to Katsura Station. Transfer to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line and get off at Arashiyama Station (about 28 minutes, 230 yen one way)

  • Togetsu-kyo Bridge
    • Address Sagatenryuji Suenobaba Town, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, 616-8385
      View Map
    • Nearest Station Arashiyama Station (Keifuku Dentetsu-arashiyama Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 075-411-9990

History of Togetsukyo Bridge

History of Togetsukyo Bridge

The river crossed by the Togetsukyo Bridge is the Oigawa River, split into the Hozu River upstream and the Katsura River downstream.

The bridge was built between 834 and 848 and was named “Togetsukyo” sometime between 1259 and 1274. It was rebuilt in 1934 with a concrete foundation, but the balustrade on the top part of the bridge is made of cypress and is designed to blend with the natural beauty of Arashiyama.

The view of the Togetsukyo Bridge, which creates a simple and sturdy atmosphere over the calm Oigawa River, is truly spectacular. Many people visit the area and enjoy sightseeing from land or boat.

© Kyoto Media Support Center
Autumn with mountainside beautifully colored © Kyoto Media Support Center
Romantic sunrise view © Kyoto City Media Support Center
Togetsukyo Bridge illuminated. Image courtesy of Kyoto Hanatoro Promotion Council

One of the best parts of Togetsukyo is that it offers an always beautiful but everchanging glimpse of the nature of Kyoto, depending on the time of the year.

In spring, the surrounding cherry trees are in full bloom, and in autumn, you can see the fascinating red leaves. The beauty of the sunrise with the backdrop of such a beautiful landscape makes it an unforgettable moment.

Each December, a light-up event called “Arashiyama Hanatoro” is held, during which you can enjoy even more fantastic scenery.

What's there to see in the Togetsukyo Bridge area

There are many sightseeing spots near Togetsukyo Bridge, for you to enjoy shopping, walking, relaxing, and eating local food.

Arashiyama Park, Nakanoshima Area

The Arashiyama Park/Nakanoshima Area is a spacious natural park that extends on the south side of Togetsukyo Bridge, and it’s perfect for walking and resting. In spring the cherry trees are in full bloom and make the park even more beautiful.

  • Arashiyama Park Nakanoshima Area
    嵐山公園 中之島地区
    • Address Saganakanoshimacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8383
    • Phone: 075-701-0124 (8:30am-5:15pm; Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Kyoto Prefecture Civil Engineering Office)
      Free admission

Yakatabune traditional houseboats/rental boats

The boatman uses a bamboo pole to operate the Yakatabune boat, traveling 1km upstream and then back for 30 minutes. You can also rent a 3-seater boat and enjoy the swaying river. The boarding points are located on the west side of both bases of Togetsukyo Bridge. Reserve by visiting the boarding station directly.

■Measures against COVID-19: ships are thoroughly disinfected and seat spacing is wider than usual.

  • Arashiyama Yakata-bune
    • Address Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8385
    • Hours: Yakatabune 9am-4pm (You can board a cormorant boat at night from July 1 to September).
      Rental boat 9am-4:30pm (last rental 3:30pm).
      *winter season 9am-3:30pm (last rental at 2:30pm)
      Prices: Houseboat 1 person 3,700yen, 2 people 3,700 yen, 3 or more people 1,200 yen, elementary school children and younger 600 yen (free up to 3y/o); boat rental within 1 hour 1,500 yen (3 passengers)

Hozugawa Kudari

Another popular activity is the Hozugawa Kudari, a boat ride that takes you down the Hozu River through the valley and the sights of the area. The 16-km river descent from Kameoka to Togetsukyo is truly thrilling and it allows you to experience a different kind of connection to the area's natural scenery.

Gorgeous cherry blossoms landscapes in spring, mountain scenery with a refreshing feeling in summer, glamorous autumn leaves, and a dignified quietness in winter. Enjoy a special relaxing time, detached from everyday life.

It’s best to use the area's cute sightseeing train, the Sagano Torokko Train, to get to the Hozugawa Kudari dock. You can take the train from Torokko Sagano Station, exit at the Torokko Kameoka Station terminus, go through the tunnel under the tracks, and go to the Hozugawa Kudari boarding station by bus or horse-drawn carriage.

■Measures against COVID-19: ships are thoroughly disinfected, boatmen wear masks, and seats are spaced wider than usual.

  • Hozugawa Kudari River Boat Ride
    • Address 2 Shimonakajima, Hozucho, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto, 621-0005
    • Phone Number 0771-22-5846
    • Hours: 9am-3:30pm (it may change depending on different factors. Please check website https://www.hozugawakudari.jp/en
      Closed December 29-January 4; closed on September 1st for safety inspection.
      Prices: regular boarding adult 4,100 yen; 4y/o-elementary school student 2,700 yen.
      *there are also charted ships, winter tatami mat heating boats, etc.

Enjoy shopping and food near Togetsukyo Bridge

Enjoy shopping and food near Togetsukyo Bridge

The street heading to Arashiyama Station from the north side of the Togetsukyo Bridge is the main street of Arashiyama. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants along the street, which is great for sightseeing.

Kyo Sagano Chikujian is a Japanese sweets shop that offers one of Kyoto's local desserts, warabi mochi. If you want to eat while walking, you can snack on a cup of fresh warabi mochi (300 yen, tax included). This mochi with a nice texture is dusted with a generous amount of kinako (roasted soy flour) and gives you a nice moment of sweetness and happiness. There is also a small eating and drinking space in the store if you want to enjoy it indoors.

■Measures against COVID-19: the space is thoroughly disinfected, ventilated, wide seat-spacing.

  • Kyo Sagano Chikujian Honten
    京 嵯峨野 竹路庵 本店
    • Address 45-4 Sagatenryuji Kitatsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8374
    • Phone Number 075-864-2371
    • Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (Subject to change)
      Closed: irregular holidays

If you want to take a break from sightseeing, we recommend Yojiya Café Sagano Arashiyama, where you can rest in a relaxing space. This is a café that serves coffee produced by Yojiya, a long-established producer of oil-blotting facial paper.

The café makes stylish use of interior design in an old-style house. Yojiya's signature drinks are Yojiya special cappuccino (640 yen, tax included), and Yojiya special matcha cappuccino (690 yen, tax included). They both carry the Yojiya symbol, a cute face. The café is right next to the road that leads to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

■Measures against COVID 19: the space is thoroughly disinfected, ventilated, wide seat-spacing.

  • YOJIYA CAFE Sagano-Arashiyama
    よーじやカフェ 嵯峨野嵐山店
    • Address 2-13 Sagatenryuji Tateishicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8375
    • Phone Number 075-865-2213
    • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (17:30L.O.) *varies depending on the season
      Closed: always open

We also recommend you have lunch at Kijuro Arashiyama, where you can enjoy their tasty beef steaks with tofu.

    Has COVID-19 measures
    • Address 18-27, Sagatenryujikitatsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8374
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    • Nearest Station Arashiyama Station (Keifuku Dentetsu-arashiyama Line)
    • Phone Number 075-366-0732

Enjoy the atmosphere in Kyoto, Arashiyama, and Togetsukyo Bridge!

In Arashiyama, the atmosphere and the nature of the ancient city of Kyoto have made it their home. The landscape of the river and the Togetsukyo Bridge, with a beautiful mountain backdrop, reveals a picturesque Japanese atmosphere. In this elegant setting, you can enjoy a variety of sightseeing spots, great food, and activities.

Written by WEST PLAN

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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