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A 155-meter long bridge spans across the Ooi river in Arashiyama, a registered historic site. Its is an elegant bridge that has been named Togetsukyo (bridge of the crossing moon) for its resemblance to the beautifully clear moon moving across the sky and has become one of the scenic spots of Arashiyama. During Hanatoro, an event held in December where lights and flowers are on display, the Togetsukyo also gets lit up with traditional Japanese lamps "andon" and takes on a dreamy atmosphere. A traditional fishing practice passed on since ancient times called "ukai" can be seen as well.
- Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- Within walking distance from Randen Arashiyama Station, 11-min walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, 10-min walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 min
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Observe the scenic beauty of Arashiyama at Togetsukyo
The Togetsukyo, being a bridge that is situated in Arashiyama, a place that is well known for its seasonal beauty especially for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, is a spot where one can fully enjoy the scenery of Arashiyama. The bridge blends into the scenery and is a renowned symbol of Arashiyama.
A show of lights and flowers "Arashiyama Hanatoro"
Arashiyama Hanatoro is an event where a dreamy atmosphere is created from the nature and the cultural heritages of Arashiyama, with traditional lamps and flowers. The lit up Togetsukyo looks completely different from during the day and sets a great mood! The event takes place every December, when many tourists come to visit and enjoy themselves.
Traditional fishing "Ukai"
"Ukai" is a traditional fishing practice, in which birds of a species called cormorant are trained to catch river fish. It has been passed on since the Heian era from 1000 years ago and is practiced every year as a symbol of summer. In the midst of a fishing fire (kagarihi), the sight of Ukai with the scenic night beauty of Arashiyama from a houseboat is extremely popular.