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Published on 06.03.2016
Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, carries in itself history of years and traditional culture which are charming enough to draw both foreigners and native Japanese to this beautiful city. Every corner in Kyoto is worth visiting and Arashiyama which is located on the western outskirts of Kyoto is no exception. Among amazing things that make Arashiyama an unforgettable memory for every visitor is its unique Randen Arashiyama Station.
Randen Arashiyama Station was founded in 1910 and has been in operation for over 100 years. It was renovated in 2013 by GLAMOROUS Co., Ltd and since then it became one of the most remarkable stations in Kyoto. Inspired by the famous bamboo forest in the area and Kyoto’s unique brand of kimono cloth artistry, the GLAMOROUS team designed the platform as Kimono Forest which is a collection of 600 gorgeous cylinder-shaped pillars covered with Kyoto Yuzen kimono fabrics. Walking through this illuminated Kimono Forest at night, you feel like you are travelling in a magic land and completely forget that you are inside a station. Furthermore, when retro-style cars which are regular on the Raden Line enter the station and stand by the illuminated Kimono Forest, the view becomes something far from reality.
Visitors can find several shops offering traditional sweets, beverages and souvenirs as well as a number of benches to take a rest in the station. Moreover, the station offers a footbath spot at the platform. Soaking tired feet in authentic hot spring water for 10 minutes can help visitors relieve muscular pain, and fatigue.
The station is located in Arashiyama’s center which is close to the Bamboo Forest and various temples. Visitors may find different names for the station (Keifuku Arashiyama Station or Randen Arashiyama Station).
For direct transit use the Keifuku (Randen) Railways, from downtown Kyoto, one way about 20 minutes (200 JPY) from the Omiya Station at the intersection of Shijo Street and Omiya Street. Visitors also can travel from northern Kyoto from the Kitanohakubaicho Station which is located close to Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Ninnaji Temples, 20-30 minutes (200 yen).
Footbath spot in Randen Arashiyama Station
Closing day There is a no regular closing day.
Business days and hours 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (closes at 6:00 PM during winter)
* Reception is open until 30 minutes before closing.
Fares ¥200 (towel included)
Tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine at Arashiyama Station or from the Arashiyama Station Information Booth.