arashiyama bamboo forest

arashiyama bamboo forest

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto Travel Guide

Planning a Trip to Kyoto Bamboo Forest

Visiting Kyoto won't be complete without visiting the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. This nature wonder is one of the Kyoto things to do. It is well known for its beautiful rows and rows of bamboo trees. The path itself can be enjoyed in about an hour or so, but if you want to really take a slow walk and stop by you can do it in around two to three hours.

How to Get to the Kyoto Bamboo Forest

To go to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, take the JR train and alight at Saga Arashiyama station. Upon alighting, you will see a sign that point to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, follow the path. Walk about 10 minutes and cross the road to enter. You can choose to walk or rent a bike at the bike shop nearby the station. The place is open 24 hours, but I will suggest you to come in the morning to avoid the crowd or in the afternoon to have some warm sunlight.

What to expect

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a free entrance attraction and is suitable for families. Along the road to the place, visit a Kyoto kimono rental shop. You can try to wear a kimono for a day to walk around the area. In Japan bamboo is being used for many purposes including manufacturing mats, boxes, and other homewares since many years ago. If you fancy another experience, you can also take a rickshaw tour in Arashiyama. The crowd at Arashiyama depends on the season. I went there on May and it wasn't too crowded. As you walk further there will be less crowd. If you go on peak season like the Cherry Blossom season, the place will be so much more crowded.

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a little haiku inspired by this trip:
rustling bamboo leaves
as I walk uphill alone
unfolding my mind 

Sometimes happiness comes from free things, but, really, walking around this bamboo path is so tranquil and therapeutic. When I visited, there were quite a lot of people but it doesn't matter. Everyone seems to be enjoying this path. There are many families, couples, group of friends, but also a solo traveller like me. It was a complete zen moment to hear the bamboo leaves rustling, feels the cool air, and the gleam of sunlight upon your face. The fresh smell of bamboo and the green view will make you admire nature at its best.


If you have more time to visit the area, I would suggest you to take the Sagano Romantic train ride that will take you to a journey of enjoying beautiful scenery. You can depart from Saga Torokko station (located beside the JR Saga Arashiyama), alight at Kameoka then come back.


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  1. I couldn't agree with you more on joy coming from free things. Ha!! Nice place here and hope to visit some day.


  2. you look pretty with bamboo background....

  3. A total dream no doubt! I hope my eyes get to see this wonder one day. Thank you for sharing and taking my mind out of my confinement walls.


  4. Oooh! Arashiyama Bamboo Forest looks gorgeous! It is great that it is accessible and doesn't take a whole trek to arrive to. I love the views all around! Glad you got to enjoy your visit there!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  5. What a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!

    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

  6. What a beautiful place to visit, it looks like such a relaxing walk! :)

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend :)

    Away From Blue

  7. Lovely post!

    Be safe, xx

  8. Wow! This looks like an amazing place, so peaceful and beautiful. It's always lovely to walk in nature to clear your mind and feel calm. Thank you for sharing! <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

  9. oooh, so beautiful!
    I adore nature but I have never been to a bamboo forest.
    Thank you for taking me there trough your pictures!
    I have a blog post about all the wonderful properties of bamboo
    for. the environment below:



  10. Beautiful place. I'd love to visit.

  11. This bamboo forest looks very amazing! I've been to Kyoto so many years ago but I've missed to go there.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  12. Absolutely beautiful photos, darling!
    Can't wait til we can travel again!


  13. It does look so tranquil. I always feel much more relaxed when I am around nature.

    xo Sarah | Oomph London

  14. These photos are beautiful! I will definitely add this to my list for the next time I visit Kyoto!

    I hope you have a fabulous week!


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  15. Thank you for sharing this beautiful adventure! You are right, just looking at the photos of the bamboo forest does some soulful magic to me as a viewer. I'm sure the experience is better in person! I'm definitely adding this to my list of places to visit when I get the chance to go back to Japan.

    Take care always!


  16. Was aku belom sempet ke sini. It looks so beautiful!
    But I heard it's always crowded and not as serene as people think. LOL

    The Sweetest Escape

  17. I wish I can travel soon, I want to visit Japan and this amazing place!
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

  18. OMG, this is amazing, really miss traveling and can´t wait to be back on track. Take care and thank you so much for sharing this special experience. Have an awesome new week, love from Austria, x S.Mirli

  19. Hello! great entry. I hope I understood everything well, because my language is Polish: D I think you have a really great blog full of passion! Pictures are great too :) best regards from Poland!

  20. Wow, this must be amazing experience. The pictures look so beautiful and it goes to my list of places I want to visit x



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