One stop and several tunnels from Saga Arashiyama Station on the JR Saiin Line heading west out of Kyoto is a deep gorge.
The line uses several tunnels and bridges to get to Umahori, Kameoka, and beyond.
On a recent hike that followed the Hozu River back towards Arashiyama, we came to a point that overlooked one of the bridges.
The emerald green waters of the river are far below the bridge.
The trail was more or less empty, but once back on the narrow country roads that slice up and down and around the hills and gorges, many, many racing cyclists in full gear were out.
Two less strenuous options exist for seeing the same scenery: the Torokko tourist train (aka, Sagano Romantic Train), which runs between JR Saga Arashiyama Station to Kameoka; and the Hozu River Boat Tour. The two can also be combined. The boat trip takes about two hours and ends near the Togetsukyo Bridge.
Boats depart hourly between 9:00 and 14:00 and then at 15:30.
However, between December 1 - March 9,m the boats leave at 10:00 and 11:30 in the morning and 13:00 and 14:30 after lunch.
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