Kyoto was the capital of Japan for centuries. Visit the imperial palace.
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Do not miss Arashiyama. It's a day trip that cannot be missed right outside Kyoto. Choose a day with good weather. You get there by subway or bus. Very easy.
Okochi-Sanso Villa: One of the top sights in Kyoto. It rivals any of the city’s imperial properties, and you don’t need reservations to enter.
Bamboo forest and the bridge: You can access it directly from the main street of Arashiyama, a little to the north of the entrance to Tenryu-ji Temple, but it’s best paired with a visit to that temple (exit the north gate, take a left and you’ll be in the grove in no time). There’s just one main path through the grove, which leads slowly uphill. Once you get to the top of the hill, the entrance to the sublime Okochi-Sanso Villa is right in front of you (go in, you won’t regret it).
Togetsukyo Bridge (15 minutes): Cross the Togetsukyo Bridge and spend a few minutes viewing the bridge. Some of the best views are from downstream of the bridge.
Bamboo Groves (30 minutes): From Tenryuji walk to Arashiyama Station and rent a bicycle, then head into the bamboo groves behind Tenryuji Temple. Turn right as you get to the entrance of Okochi Sanso and continue towards Jojakkoji.
Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street (45 minutes): Continue along the main road until you get to Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street, a historic street lined by traditional townhouses (machiya). Explore the shops and restaurants along the way. This may be a good place to have lunch.