Itinerary Guide: This Is the Perfect Walking Trail Along Kyoto’s Hozu River

Be one with nature!

This autumn, the landscape between Hozu River and Arashiyama is a glorious sea of red. You won’t just see the beautiful blue maple very clearly, but also the mossed precincts and magnificent valleys. Follow our itinerary for a picturesque walking trail you can follow.


1:35 p.m.: Be at the Sagano Tourist Railroad Torokko Hozukyo Station

Crossing the suspension bridge over the Hozu River, you’ll arrive at Torokko Hozukyo Station where the Shigarakiyaki raccoon will welcome you. Vintage vehicles can be seen from the platform. 

Aim for the train leaving at 1:40 p.m. The train from Sagano to Kameoka that runs along the Hozu River Valley moves at an average speed of 25 km.

From the top of the bridge, there’s a wooden building with a rich green background.

Sagano Tourist Railroad Torokko Hozukyo Station is located Kita Matsuoyama, Arashiyama, Nishikyo District, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture.


2:30 p.m.: Visit the Otagi Buddha Temple

In the quiet premises of the Otagi Buddha Temple, you’ll find 1,200 Rakan statues hand-carved by the temple’s devoted worshippers.

Find your favorite Rakan.

The Kanon God will heal your physical and mental pain.

Touch it gently and it will heal the pain on your legs.

Otagi Buddha Temple is located at 2-5 Sagatoriimotofukatani Town, Ukyo District, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

3:40 p.m.: Gioji

is a nunnery that conveys the tragic love of the Heike Monogatari. It’s a place so renowned for its beauty, with its blue maples and moss, that you’ll almost forget to take photos.

A quietly lively blue maple also adds beauty.

A thatched hut at Gioji Temple


If you take off your shoes and go up, you can relax and enjoy the greenery from the Yoshino window.

Gioji is located at 32 Sagatoriimotokozaka Town, Ukyo District, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

After a long day, treat yourself to Kyo-Zushi at Arashiyama Daizen.

The Kyo Chirashi (¥1,400), with ingredients such as seasonal fish and grilled anago, is a must-try. The Mackerel Sushi (¥1,800) is also popular.

Arashiyama Daizen is located at 10-3 Sagaisenokami Town, Ukyo District, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture and is open daily from 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. except Thursdays and every fourth Wednesday of the month.

For dessert, head over to popular takeout tea house Yuzenchaya.

Don’t leave without ordering the soft serve Mokofuwa Kyoto Ice Cream Deluxe Matcha (¥500). The Baked Rice Balls (¥300) made with Kyoto ingredients, such as luxury crepe peppers, are also popular.


Yuzenchaya is located at 20-27 Sagatenryujitsukurimichi Town, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (18 July 2018)

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