The Moon Crossing Bridge at Arashiyama

Cherry Blossoms Trip Part 2

This is the second in a series of ten posts of our trip to the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe district in Japan in the season of Hanami. Click here to visit the first post.

Arashiyama (嵐山) is located on the outskirts of Kyoto and is known for its beautiful scenery in virtually any time of the year, particularly during cherry blossom and fall colors seasons. At the Togetsukyo Bridge (渡月橋), the mountain scenery melts into its reflections in the Oi River. Togetsukyo means “Moon Crossing”, a term coined by a past Emperor of Japan.

On both sides of the river tourists absorbed the splendid scenery and enjoyed their picnic. We enjoyed a panoramic view of the river at this point. We walked on the bridge and the two sides of the bank were in sight:

A closer look of the historic bridge. In the old days, only the few worthy noblemen could travel here for its majestic views, nowadays we commoners can share the same delight.


Faraway high up in the mountains the full blossoms of sakuras could be seen. There are also small boats crossing the Oi river. I can imagine this is such a perfect place for a weekend family outing.


Right next to the river is a large park, which contains smaller rivers and little waterfalls. Together they make the place a true paradise. Even young couples came here to take pre-wedding photos!

Here the sakuras were in full blossom. Romance was in the air, as lovebirds cherished their times around the stone bridges and the green gardens.


We the smaller river was as attractive as the big one as lines of sakura flowers blend into the scene.


We did not have time to explore Arashiyama much, but both the river and the mountains are unforgettable. We definitely would come back here next time.

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