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Bamboo Forest Street

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Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo-ku, Ukyo, Kyoto 616-8394, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There is a Kyoto Arashiyama light festival happening from now till 17 Dec. lights come on from 5pm till 8.30pm. Hence we decided to go there around 3plus to check out the forest in the day before sunset. Try to reach before 5pm because it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 554gracet
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited in the early afternoon on a weekend which meant that it was far from serene. Thousands of people all jammed in to the single pathway looking for the perfect photo opportunity. Advice is to go early, but even then be prepared for crowds....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank randallgb123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it's in the middle of a forest, but you are not personally wandering through the forest. It's one, long crowded path. It's still cool to see; just know what you're getting in to. I'd look at it as a package. Do the shopping, the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great days walking adventure here. Travelling with a 3 year old and an 18 month old. Wonderful local tea house for much needed rest stop.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LeesaSoulodre
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrive at bamboo forest ard 8.30am. Lots of visitors, spoilt the tranquility of the place. It will be nice if the place is a little less crowded.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank janlovetrip
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

AWESOME bamboo groves and alot of tiny leaf maple trees with beautiful Autumn colors. If you do decide to come here do the rickshaw tour it's TOTALLY worth it. Ask for Nabe he's seriously the best and hilarious. He also happens to speak a bunch...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Happiness774820
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bamboo forest gets very busy but is worth a visit as we haven’t seen one before. It was hard to get a good photo with it being so crowded, even though it was raining. We went after visiting the monkey park which was also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Stirfry151
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If the timing works out and you end up with a "moment of clarity" you can take one of the iconic, clear photos of the grove you see here. However, be warned that everyone has the same idea as you. I trekked out very early...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 547shankarm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ensured that we were there early and as we were leaving it started getting very busy with groups of people turning up It is a very pretty area and is definitely worth a visit as there are many other things to see in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank badmintontim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There's a lot of entrance for this place. The common one is by the main village right side of the temple. It's nice but not that big of a forest. Probably less than 2km of bamboo forest street. Go early or else crowds came in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best
eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved
Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea
houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
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April 15, 2018|
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Response from Brandon R | Reviewed this property |
Actually I didn't see any official entrance so I might say that yes it's open everyday. By the other hand yes it's free, no ticket is required. Hope that helps!
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March 4, 2018|
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Response from David F | Reviewed this property |
We went on the weekend, and got there at 10:00. The crowds are the best part. couples dress up in traditional clothing and it looks great. The bamboo forest is a real let down, I didnt think it was as good are many other... More
February 28, 2018|
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Response from hankwang | Reviewed this property |
I only saw the Ricksaw men toward the Bamboo Forest and within the bamboo forest too. I believe they are so many places of interests at this area, you need to spend at least half a day here. For the monkey part, I am not... More
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Arashiyama family day tour (7 Replies)
Hi everyone. My family will be travelling Kyoto and Osaka for 9 days. I would like to spend one day in Arashiyama. I'm interested in the following places and activities: Tenryuji temple; Bamboo forest street; Sagano scenic railway; Togetsukyo Bridge; Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street, a boat cruise down Katsura River. Our children are 7 and 5. They cannot walk long. Are those places too many for a day? We will be departing from Toji station. Could you please suggest me a suitable...More
June 19, 2018|
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Thank you for your information!
Travel itinerary advise for Kyoto & Osaka (8days) Solo (2 Replies)
Hi there, would be grateful to hear feedback on my Kyoto/ Osaka draft itinerary below (5days in Kyoto/ 3days in Osaka) from mid April onward. My firs trip to both region and i will be doing Solo. Before heading down to Kyoto, i will be spending 5days in Tokyo. Also, appreciate your advise whether it's better for me to purchase JR pass or one way ticket is fine? - Thank you so much. Day 1 Depart to Kyoto during the AM Visit Pug Café Shimbashi Gion for dinner, sightseeing Potoncho...More
March 28, 2017|
Response fromDLi_hk|
Your itin in Kyoto is quite rush, e.g. on D2, D4. You'd need at least 2 days each to visit all the temples and spots listed per day. Koyasan surely is worth a visit if you're interested in history/culture. check out Japan guide for more info and sample itin on the official Kyoto website. No JR Pass can payoff in your itin. Just buy single tickets which would be the most cost effective. Maybe get an SUICA/PASMO IC card while in Tokyo to tap and go on subways, buses, commuters trains and...More