Advice,  Japan

10 (Probably) Unknown Points of Interest in Kyoto

Hiking on Ogurayama

What it is

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Most people visiting Kyoto know about Arashiyama because of the Tenryu-ji, the bamboo grove nearby, the bridge and perhaps the monkey park (along with all the tourist shops connecting all these spots!).[break]
However there’s a short hike to the top of a nearby hill – Ogurayama – with incredible views over the area. I didn’t find that out myself though; a lady who started speaking to me while I was taking a rest in Kameyama Park advised me to go there and explained how. Thank you madam!

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Access

You must first walk all the way to the top of Kameyama Park, until you reach an open ground with benches and a view over Hoshinoya Kyoto Hotel and the Katsura River below. From there, while facing the hotel and river, go right until you reach a wooden signpost indicating 小倉山 (Ogurayama). Take the path going upwards behind it.[break]
It’s mostly dirt, sometimes properly marked. Either way just follow it, straight on for 20 or 30 minutes. There are fences on the right you can walk along.

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Advice

Avoid hot days as there’s still some climbing to do (Kameyama Park first, then Ogurayama itself).[break]
Once you reach the top there are benches to rest so feel free to bring a pic-nic! When I went there I had my lap-top with me to work. An office in the middle of nature with a view over Arashiyama; what more could a man ask for?

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