Kyoto Okochi-Sanso villaArashiyama is a nice getaway from Kyoto city. It is particularly beautiful during the autumn season, when the bright autumn colors (‘koyo’) come alive. You can walk as you see, to the top of one of the moutains from where you have a nice view of the river. On the river boats with tourist are floating which are powered by man who row and use a pole to keep the boat going. From far you can hear the monkeys of Iwatayama monkey park in the forest, it’s a fantastic place and if you walk a little further as you can see you can avoid the tourist hurdles.
From Arashiyama you can walk to the next destination Okochi-Sanso villa and see the bamboo grove where the movie "crouching tiger, hidden dragon" was filmed.