Togetsu-Kyo Bridge

Togetsu-Kyo Bridge © Iry

About Togetsu-kyo Bridge

Togetsu-kyo is a bridge that spans the Oigawa River at a total length of 155m. The name’s source comes from Emperor Kameyama in the Kamakura Period (1185–1333) who praised the fact that on a cloudless night that the moon looked just like it was crossing over the bridge. (The name "Togetsu-kyo" roughly means "Moon-crossing Bridge"). It is a symbol of Arashiyama, and in all seasons there are things to enjoy here, from cherries to greenery to snow. You can enjoy boating on the river, and in the summer, Ukai fishermen come here. In December there is the Kyoto-Arashiyama Hana-to-ro night light up that is highly recommended. The bridge was constructed in the Jowa period (834~848) by Kukai’s disciple Dosho. At the time it was slightly further upstream than it is now, and due to repeated damage by flood and fire, the bridge was moved to its present location in 1606.

Togetsu-kyo and the Jusan Mairi

There is a legend in Kyoto associated with Togetsu-kyo related to Horin-ji. When a boy or girl reaches 13 years of age, in order to receive wisdom and an exorcism they travel to Horin-ji temple. After the visit, they are to travel back across the bridge and do not turn back around to look or you will lose the wisdom granted to you by the gods.  This is called the Jusan Mairi (13 year old visit)


To get to the bridge take the Arashiyama Main Line to Arashiyama Station (嵐山駅) or the Hankyu Arashiyama Line to Arashiyama Station and from there it is 5 minutes. By bus, take the city bus to Arashiyama stop or Arashiyama Park stop.

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Description: Togetsu-Kyo Bridge

Sights Togetsu-Kyo Bridge (渡月橋)
Address Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone / Fax Phone:
Duration 30Minutes
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Togetsu-Kyo Bridge