When it comes to Arashiyama, Togetsukyo Bridge is the place to visit. It is a bridge that is crossing over Oigawa River and the name of this bridge is originate from the poem read by Emperor Kameyama, “As if the moon crosses the bridge”, when he was boating for pleasure on the full moon night with no clouds in the sky.
Saga-Arashiyama was the concentration area of holiday villas for nobles in Heian period. Daikakuji temple in Sagano was constructed as an imperial villa for Emperor Saga and it is believed that Fujiwara no Sadaie composed ‘Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (A classical athology of one hundred Japanese poetries Waka by one hundred poets)’ at the cottage in Ogura Mountain.
Additionally, Saga-Arashiyama is a place with numerous famous temples. Tenryuji is one of the most famous Zen temple in Japan and it is the only World Heritage in Arashiyama. Kokuzo Horinji temple is referred in Makura no soshi the Pillow Book and is known for the temple for Jyusan Mairi the celebration for both boys and girls who turned to thirteen years old counted by the traditional Japanese ceremony. Meanwhile, in Sagano where is located in the area of current JR Sanin line, there are stunning bamboo forest and Nonomiya shrine which relates to Genji monogatari the Tale of Genji. There are profound temples spotted in the area such as Seiryoji temple, which holds the principal image of the statue of Shakanyorai that is one of the national treasures that is also called Saga Shaka-do, and Nison-in temples, Gio-ji temple and Takiguchi-dera temple.
If you would like outdoor activities, there are places for you to be on a boat or the traditional houseboat. There is an event for cormorant fishing in summer. You can also experience Hozugawa river rafting. You can take a railcar from Saga-Arashiyama to Kameoka and take a boat to go down the river in the rapids without a rest. The tour course is exciting, exhilarating and thrilling.