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Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan by T. E. Smith-Lamothe

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T. E. Smith-Lamothe T. E. Smith-Lamothe
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$8.00 to $700.00
0.05 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 28, 2012
Date taken
Nov 08, 2011

This is a 180-degree hand-held panormama of the "moon crossing" bridge over the Hozu-gawa ("gawa"=river). It was re-built in 1936 of steel, but faithfully reproduced the form of the original wooden structure. It is located in the village of Arashiyama to the northwest of urban Kyoto.

The river is famous for a scenic railway (the Sagano Romantic Train) which hugs precipitous cliffs as it snakes up the river gorge. It is now a tourist attraction, only, and the round trip up/down the valley takes about 30 minutes each way. At the end of the line, instead of taking the train back, there is a mild white water boat trip which takes one to Arashiyama via the river itself.

Near the bridge, there are rowboats for rent and floating restaurants. All in all, there is much to see and do in Arashiyama as a day trip from Kyoto.

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