Arashiyama have numerous sight-seeing spots from the Bamboo Grove, a number of temples (Daikakuji, Gioji, Nisonin temple, etc), Sagano scenic rail-ride and Hozu River Cruise to name a few. On my trip there, I was fortunate to be able to at least make it to two of the scenic sites … though more would have been better on hind-sight, just that they weren’t part of the plan then.
We took the Sagano Scenic Rail ride (from Torokko Saga Station) after hopping out from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station. It is just located conveniently beside each other. The rail ride by the ravine brought us towards Torokko Kameoka Station. At the Kameoka station, there are connecting buses that took us to where we could enjoy the Hozu River Cruise! It was as convenient as could be 😀
I forgot whether the bus rides cost money or not though haha …. I suppose it does, what doesn’t 😛
The Sagano Scenic Railway ride has another sexy alias …. “The Sagano Romantic Train” hahaha …. maybe to reflect that once anyone seats on the classic old-fashion style train winding by the side of the Nishiyama mountains along the ravines, with Hozu river below at certain stretches, the ride would literally have one fall in love with the scenery that chugs by.
I didn’t manage to catch a lot of quality photos as the rail ride that I had was really crowded during Autumn and it took me quite awhile to position myself for one or two few good photo shots only lol …. not to mention that the train vibrations and close photo shots while moving were difficult without a DSLR camera.
I have to say that the temperature was cold upon entering the Hozu River. Perhaps it was due to our itchy hands that went dipping into the ice cold water only to be exposed back into the cold autumn temperature that came with a soothing wind! The heat pack didn’t too work well for us hahaha! Or perhaps our hands were just too cold to feel the heat pack. But thankfully my hands were still agile enough to take some amazing photos from the Hozu River cruise, with every few moments creeping my hands back into the thick gloves to generate a little bit more warmth for the next photo shot.