Togetsu-kyo Bridge is one of the main attractions in Kyoto and it’s a good spot to visit especially since it’s rather near to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.
There are a few ways to go to Togetsukyo Bridge at Arashiyama but this guide is only if you take the train.
Here’s how you can go to Togetsukyo Bridge from Kyoto Station via train.
Go to Saga-Arashiyama Station
When you’ve arrived at Kyoto Station either by Shinkansen or other means, go into the JR area using your JR Pass or IC card (SUICA / PASMO / etc).
You will see several different JR lines inside the JR area of the station.
Look for JR San-in line which is purple, heading towards Sonobe as the last stop. Kyoto Station is E01 and Saga-arashiyama is E08, which means you need about 7 stops to arrive.
At the line, you can take either the left or right side train. You will either get the local train or the rapid train. The local train is just a few minutes slower than the rapid train for Saga-arashiyama; so it doesn’t matter much.
From JR Saga-Arashiyama station
After reaching the station, get out through the south exit.
You should see a crowd just outside the station with a store selling matcha soft serve nearby.
From the exit, just follow the road (image below). You will see many tourists going along the same direction.
Keep going until you see a corner shop lot with a brown awning. There’s also a signboard which indicates you should turn right to Togetsukyo Bridge. Turn right and continue straight.
Walk all the way for a few minutes until you reach a T-junction.
If you turn left, you will head towards Togetsu-kyo Bridge. If you turn right, you will reach the Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama.
Turn left at the junction and just walk straight all the way. Eventually, you’ll see the huge bridge that goes above the Katsura River.
The entire place has a wide view that can be quite stunning. If you’re here during spring, you’ll see plenty of cherry blossom trees in the distance.
If you cross over the bridge, you will reach the monkey park.
This place is also packed with tourists and there are plenty of shops all along the river.