Arashiyama Bamboo Grove 嵐山竹林
Arashiyama bamboo grove
Credit: Antoine Legastelois
A tunnel of bamboo in Arashiyama.
Bamboo in Arashiyama
Take a spiritual journey along a winding path through a forest of bamboo...
A walk through this bamboo plantation in Kyoto, in Arashiyama district, is short but definitely worth the detour. After visiting Tenryuji temple, just walk a little further and you won't be able to miss the immense stalks rising to the sky.
The paths winding through the bamboo groves of Arashiyama make for a pleasant walk. You will feel very small in front of the towering bamboo stalks, which can reach several tens of meters high!
When the wind blows, you can hear the rustling and squeaking of the stalks, that bend in the breeze. And when the light filters through the grove at the right angle, it creates a truly magical atmosphere.
Unfortunately, the place is so popular that it's near impossible to reproduce the photographs empty of tourists that you see in the guide books! Our advice is to avoid weekends and holidays, and try to come (very) early.
Once in the bamboo grove, you have a choice: you can walk it, go by bike or even by rickshaw!
For the rest of Arashiyama, we advise you to rent a bike or walk. On the path from the train station to the bamboo grove (about ten minutes walk), you'll find many temples on the way, including the famous Tenryu-ji and its beautiful garden.
If cycling isn't your cup of tea, then don't miss the Sagano Romantic Train (or Sagano Torokko), from which you can discover the beautiful natural surroundings aboard a charming old-fashioned train carriage. The route is particularly popular in fall, when the leaves are a stunning red.