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Photo #31 – Black-Winged Dragonflies of Arashiyama/Sagano

Black-winged dragonflies by the Hozugawa River in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


Though this overall area is largely referred to as Arashiyama, technically it seems that I may have been in the Sagano neighborhood as I hiked upstream on the north side of the Hozugawa River.

Maps, guidebooks, and websites are in dispute and no one I have asked so far seems to know where the separation between the Arashiyama and Sagano districts of Kyoto really is.

Because I was always so close to the Togetsukyo Bridge during my visit this time, I initially thought the entire area I was biking and strolling in was Arashiyama. I will try to figure out the true borders over time and maybe learn a little about the history of Sagano and Arashiyama.

From a tourist’s perspective, Arashiyama is the area name to remember. This region of Kyoto is certainly more generally referred to as Arashiyama by visitors to Kyoto and locals as well.

As mentioned at the end of episode 4 of the podcast, the other side of the river has a trail that leads up to the Arashiyama Iwatayama Monkey Park. We’ll eventually check that out also.

Though I did cross Arashiyama’s Togetsukyo Bridge as the sun set during my visit to Arashiyama, I spent most of my time next to the river and exploring developed trails on a large hill on the north side of the bridge.

Photo Details: These black-winged, fluorescent teal-bodied dragonflies by the Hozugawa River paused just long enough in the riverbank foliage for a photo in Arashiyama/Sagano (Kyoto, Japan).

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