"Arashiyama District - Western Kyoto" Arashiyama Tip by Ewingjr98
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Arashiyama (嵐山), or Storm Mountain, is the name of a mountain and a nearby neighborhood in western Kyoto. This area is popular among residents of Kyoto and visitors alike, as a nearby retreat from the city, offering natural beauty and some cultural sites.
The main cultural and historical sites are the shrines and temples. Most notable is the Matsuo Shrine, on the west side of the river, which was established in 700 AD. Also nearby is the Buddhist temple, Tenryū-ji, completed in 1394 and part of the Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another famous landmark is the Togetsukyo, crossing the Katsura and Oi Rivers.
The natural beauty may be even greater than the cultural sites. The mountains and rivers form a peaceful backdrop on the edge of the city, and the nearby mountains have a monkey park with 170 wild Japanese macaque monkeys. The area also has the great Sagano bamboo forest, and shops selling a variety of bamboo goods.
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