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Arashiyama in Winter Course

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Arashiyama in Winter Course

In December, as the last autumn leaves fall and the cold of winter is about to arrive, Arashiyama becomes host to wonderful winter events. The serene air of the hills becomes the perfect setting for experiencing Japanese nature and beauty. (About 5 hours)

Hogon-in Temple: 14:00-15:00

Hogon-in Temple is a sub-temple of Tenryu-ji Temple and is opened to the public only during certain times of the year. The scenery of the Arashiyama hills surrounding the main garden is featured in a well-known book on gardens in Kyoto published during Edo Period. The name of the garden, "Shishiku No Niwa", means garden of the lion's roar and contains a special lion-shaped rock known as "Shishiiwa".
 
Address: 36 Susukino Baba-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access: 5-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen Arashiyama Line
5-minute walk from Saga Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line
3-minute walk from City Bus Stop Arashiyama Tenryu-ji mae
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00
Entrance fees: Adults: 500 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students: 300 yen

Original Ice Cream Saga Par Arashiyama Branch: 15:30-16:00

In the Saga Arashiyama area, well known for its abundance of Buddhist temples, a special tofu familiar to strict vegetarian monks is used to make a healthy and delicious tofu ice cream and sells for 300 yen per serving. Considered to be a "slow food", the makers of this ice cream use only the finest ingredients for flavors such as Kyoto Maccha and Yatsuhashi (triangular cinnamon mochi dessert of Kyoto). It is served with a variety of unique toppings such as Japanese chestnuts and rice dumplings. Walking around Arashiyama, while enjoying the flavors of this healthy Japanese sweet, is a highlight of any visit.
 
Address: 31 Tsukurimichi-cho, Saga Tenryuji Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access: A short walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen Arashiyama Line

Foot Bath at Arashiyama Station: 16:30-17:00

On the platform at Arashiyama Station is a special hot spring just for your feet. After a long walk, the hot waters can have a wonderful healing effect on the tired muscles of the feet, and can even help to warm your entire body. Tickets can be purchased at the Arashiyama Station ticket window or at the information desk.
 
Address: Tsukurimichi-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access: A short walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen Arashiyama Line
Admission: 150 yen (including a small towel)
Hours: 9:00 - 20:00, until 18:00 during winter (tickets can be purchased 15 minutes prior to the closing time)