A landmark of Kyoto’s famous Arashiyama area, the Togetsukyo Bridge stretches 155 m across the river known as the Hozu to the west and the Katsura to the east.

Against the rolling hills and calm, wide river, the bridge creates a picturesque scene often used in Japanese period dramas. The name Togetsukyo means “moon-crossing” and is believed to come from an ancient tale of the Emperor Kameyama who attended a boating party and thought the moon appeared to cross the bridge.

There has been a bridge here since the year 836, but the current one was built in the 1930s, so it’s perfectly safe! There are restaurants on either side and in summer traditional cormorant fishing can be watched from the brigde.

Suggested Activity
Experience Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
Dive into Japanese history with a traditional tea ceremony, together with a visit to Byōdōin Temple -- made famous on the 10-yen coin! Highlights Experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony Visit a famous Buddhist temple Taste Kyoto's unique sweets Your guide will show you the historical sights of Uji, Kyoto's tea-growing district, pointing out old tea shops and other interesting spots. All in all, it's a half-day tour -- great for getting in those steps! ...

A short stroll along the riverside will take you to a boat-rental spot where you can spend some time on the water. In the warmer months, the banks are a popular spot for drinking and playing.