Arashiyama - the western part of Kyoto is dismissed in most Western guidebooks in a brief paragraph suggesting "other attractions" However, the area is rightfully very popular with Japanese visitors. First and foremost, Tenryuji Temple is one of Japan's most famous gardens Sogenchi Pond Garden which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple also has a well known vegetarian restaurant serving "Shojin Ryori" temple cuisine. Cruises along the Hozu River, the Bamboo...
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