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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

A historic escape through towering bamboo in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district

Photo of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan (Kyoto by tommy chheng)

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove stands as a tranquil oasis in Kyoto, offering a mesmerizing stroll beneath soaring bamboo stalks. This natural attraction is a visual feast, creating a peaceful atmosphere that draws visitors with its unique beauty.

About Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

In the western outskirts of Kyoto lies a district that has been a beloved retreat since the Heian Period, known for its scenic beauty and cultural landmarks. Arashiyama, with its natural charm, is particularly enchanting during the cherry blossom season and the autumnal color change. The Bamboo Grove, a pathway over 500 meters, is surrounded by towering bamboo, which in Japanese culture symbolizes strength and resilience. The canopy formed by these majestic stalks filters sunlight into an ethereal green hue, casting gentle shadows on the paths and creating a captivating ambiance.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Walking Tour leads uphill, offering an immersive experience of the bamboo forest’s grandeur. Arashiyama’s historical significance extends beyond its natural beauty, having been a popular destination for nobles during the Heian Period. Today, it maintains its allure, bustling with activity during the peak seasons.

The grove is a photographer’s dream, with the interplay of light and shadow through the bamboo providing endlessly photogenic scenes. Artisans in Kyoto continue to honor the cultural significance of bamboo by creating an array of items, from souvenirs to everyday wares, available in nearby shops. Besides walking through the grove, visitors can rent bicycles or take a rickshaw ride for a local experience.

Visiting early in the morning or later in the evening is advised for a more intimate encounter with the bamboo forest, away from the daytime crowds.

Adjacent to the grove, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryu-ji Temple adds historical context to the area’s appeal. Visitors often combine their bamboo grove exploration with a visit to this significant temple, as well as to the nearby Okochi-Sanso Villa. The grove’s proximity to the main street of Arashiyama, the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge, and various other temples, such as Jojakko-ji Temple and Nonomiya Shrine, situates it at the center of cultural exploration. The Sagano Scenic Railway and Hozu River Boat Tour offer different perspectives of Arashiyama’s picturesque landscape.

Exploring Arashiyama is an opportunity to engage with a blend of natural beauty and historical depth. Visitors will enjoy the beauty of the bamboo grove, but they should also take time to experience the district’s full range of sights and activities. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a symbol of Kyoto’s natural and cultural heritage.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

E 08

JR Saga-Arashiyama
 JR Sagano Line

 about 5 minute walk (100m)
A 12

Keifuku Randen-Saga
 Keifuku Arashiyama Line

 about 5 minute walk (300m)

Around Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Garden in Kyoto

open 24 hours
closed Irregularly


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