Hidden in the heart of Japan’s culturally-rich Kyoto lies the beautiful Arashiyama bamboo groves. Arashiyama is a famous destination in Kyoto dating back during the time of ancient Japan due to its pleasant natural setting. Yet, Arashiyama bares its outmost charm during sakura season or autumn and this also goes for all other Kyoto tourist spots. The bamboo grove is the highlight attraction in the district of Arashiyama and a must to visit when in Japan.
Take a nice scenic walk or a bicycle ride through the path of fresh green bamboos scattered all around as you gaze through the calming bamboo abundance. Bicycle rental is available to explore the district.
Arashiyama bamboo groves prove that there’s beauty that comes with unity. The sight of these green bamboos altogether just creates a different enchanting world. It was a sight that I have never seen nor imagined. It was definitely a rare scene to be in. The bamboos are said to be more attractive when light wind sounds and the bamboos sway back and forth.
Arashiyama’s bamboo forest is one notable attraction and must visit when in Kyoto. It’s one of most photographed places in Japan and can be usually seen on Kyoto tourist souvenirs. No wonder as these bamboos just offer a rare pleasant sight for every visitor.
Arashiyama would be the delight of the nature lovers and photographers apt to shoot the lovely pattern of lines. One can’t just resist to take photos inside this magical forest and may be disappointed when the photo taken can’t reflect the enchanting scene you wish to share.
Photos can’t fully capture the beauty and the magic of standing amidst these soaring bamboos.
Okochi Sanso Villa is another hidden popular attraction in Kyoto that awaits tourists visiting Arashiyama bamboo grove. It’s a private property villa with a zen garden offering a breathtaking view of Kyoto. Check this another Kyoto find on my upcoming blog post!
Tourist Finds: Rent a bike to be able to go one attraction to the other. It saves time.
For sightseeing, aside from bicycles you can try the traditional rickshaw ride to take you around Arashiyama. For a chilled sightseeing ride, tourists may also hop on the Sagano Romantic train – a vintage steam engine locomotive, or for a more romantic ride by renting a boat at the hozu-gawa area. However these rides would really be deemed romantic during the cherry blossom or autumn seasons. Outside these two seasons, it won’t provide the most attractive sightseeing experience.
Tourist Finds: Allot a day in the itinerary to fully explore Arashiyama.
Entrance fee: Free
Time Itinerary allotment: 1-3 hours
Access: 10-minutes walk from Saga Arashiyama Station, JR Sagano line
15-minutes walk from Arashiyama Station, Henkyu railway
Opening Hours: No closing time
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