Sagano

Sagano, Kyoto: Hours, Address, Sagano Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Sites • Lookouts
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Neighborhood: 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 impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Sagano
Dec 2019
This is an awe striking Bamboo Forest and had it not been a weekend where hundreds of locals, tourists and rickshaws were criss cross each other along the pathway, it would have been a more wonderful experience. Still a very unique encounter to walk the pathways surrounded by giant bamboos. Always best to arrive early to beat the crowd. A truly memorable day visiting the bamboo forest and nearby temples.
Written August 1, 2020
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,521 contributions
Bamboo Forest - simply beautiful
Apr 2019
We were dropped off by our driver on the main street and he pointed to the left to start us on our journey into the Bamboo Forest. It wasn’t obvious with the exception of the other tourists that were headed in the same direction. We also saw rickshaw drivers taking their guests up the narrow pathway, so we knew we were on the right path.
The Bamboo Forest is one of the most photographed sights in Kyoto. It’s a natural treasure. We walked through the very large grove of bamboo until we came to an intersection. Just ahead was the Nonomiya Shrine. Alternatively, we could go left to the Tenryuji’s temple and the gardens,
The bamboo forest is quite stunning and people generally were talking in reverent tones while they admired the beauty.
Written February 20, 2020
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Alicia Cheng
8 contributions
Sagano & bamboo forest - solo
Dec 2019 • Solo
Have been to Kyoto few times.. but this trip was the best .. with the weather and surrounding is calm n beautiful. During my walking around bamboo forest bump into nice 3 Japanese tourist too from Osaka. The guy give me a folded fan for souvenir. We became friends and promise to meet again.. so cool experience. Sagano train is wonderful experience especially sitting in car 5.
Written December 21, 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Fresh air but with crowds
Nov 2019
To stroll along Sagano with bamboos around would be pleasant and relaxing. We have done this exercise each time when we traveled to Arashiyama. We have a habit of arriving early to take photos from the riverside to the forest and was enjoyable. Do come early. Highly recommended.
Written December 10, 2019
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dharmathug
New York City, NY285 contributions
beautiful forest
Nov 2019
Nice to return and see my old "friend" still there, at the beginning of the walk.

For some reason when I came back here after 14 years, I didn't remember if I had been to this bamboo forest before. I knew I had seen one but remembered it as being somewhere else.

Sure enough, when I got there, I saw Kinji Nakamura set up on the path, as he had been when I was there before. He sells postcards of his paintings, and as usual, there were people looking them over and buying, as his work is really beautiful, delicate and soulful. When I saw him I felt happy and just had to say I'd been there 14 years ago. Kinji was overjoyed that he had a return visitor, and he made a great to do in his limited English (my Japanese is useless) to say how delighted he was and how happy he was to see me. He was smiling ear to ear and so were the people around at this spontaneous exhibition of joy.

I bought some postcards and he kindly and exuberantly added one free as a gift. It was such an unexpected pleasure to see him and I do hope we will meet there once again. I'd actually like to buy one of his originals, which I found out he will sell from some blogs about him, after returning home.

The walk is short, about 1/2 mile each way. Other than the massive crowds that were there in early November, it was as always, a beautiful walk through the massively high bamboo grove. Two graveyards can also be seen along the path as well as the very famous Tenryu-ji temple, which I did not have time to return to this time.

Well worth coming too, even though out of the way from central Kyoto, this escape into the hills around the city, with famous Togetsu-kyo bridge spanning Katsura river right down the street from the train station.
Written November 19, 2019
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Vampyreq
Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
Good
Sep 2019
I'm not sure how I can properly write this review as there's actually 3 areas that are in close proximity that is related to bamboo here, you can easily confirm this on google maps

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Sagano Bamboo Forest
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (Known as Bamboo Forest Street on Tripadvisor)

Sagano bamboo forest is connected with Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, both are lovely in their own right but if you're looking for the location with the iconic picture, it is Arashiyama Bamboo Forest that you're looking for, a short walk away.

But this is about Sagano right? I don't remember much about Sagano just that it was really short. And not really that worth it to specially come to visit. But it is beside the other 2 better locations, so why not right? It offers peaceful greens, and tourists though significantly less than the other two locations. I don't recall seeing rest stops either.
Written October 7, 2019
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emma
World334 contributions
Beautiful and relaxing
Aug 2019 • Couples
While all tourists stuck in the bamboo area, this back garden was very beautiful. Has some nice hidden statues. Good to walk and relax.
Written August 28, 2019
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,498 contributions
Scenic place
Jun 2019 • Family
A very nice place. You can find small shops here and at the same time scenic places. You see the bamboo forest, temples and shrines.
Written June 30, 2019
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ExploringNowWithBabe
Chicago, IL315 contributions
Much smaller area than I expected
Jun 2019 • Family
It's a short path of bamboo, which is gorgeous, but it's not a forest with lots of paths like I had imagined. It is possible to do with a stroller, which we did, so that was nice. Depending on how you get to the path you might need to carry your stroller up a few stairs. And as everyone else said, be prepared for crowds, other tourists, field trips, travel groups....a lot of people.
Written June 20, 2019
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badmintontim
Hastings, UK4,512 contributions
Lovely Area
Oct 2018 • Friends
We were very lucky here as we made sure that we arrived there early and on doing so we missed the crowds of people that descended upon us as we were leaving each spot

It is a nice walk to go from attraction to attraction and I liked the bamboo forest a lot as it was quiet and peaceful - just relaxing
Written April 19, 2019
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