As i was planning day trip to Arashiyama, i came across a blog talking about a hike from Jingoji temple at Takao to Hozukyo/Arashiyama. I always to take up such hikes and it fits very well in terms distance and time taken to reach Arashiyama in terms of a day trip. It took me about 2.5 hours to complete the full hike of about 11 km at an easy pace.
I will let the pictures do the talking for this hike and before that just few tips. Carry a water bottle and wear good hiking shoes for this hike. I found just one eating place during the hike which i believe was near Kiyotaki village. Also it is quite a secluded hike, i found very few people on the way, so ensure you follow sign boards. There were times i felt hiking trail was not clear and i felt lost in the jungle ;). Also ensure you finish hike max by lunch else you will not have much time left for Arashiyama.
This was easily the hike with most beautiful views and i would highly recommend it when the path is full of colours.