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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...More
Bamboo is available all throughout Asia but if you don't get to see any, then come here to see them. It's an easy walk but there are so many people, it takes the joy away. Regardless, the Japanese take great effort to maintain this forest....More
Just 15 minutes from downtown Kyoto by commuter train this neighborhood is a completely different atmosphere. It is a small town rural atmosphere as soon as you dismount from the train. There are small rustic and modern homes and stores, pedestrian streets and alleys for...More
Sagano is a small area in Arashiyama with many tourist spots for visitors including the bridge, the river, the bamboo forest and the souvenir shops as well. You can either take the Sagano Tourist train ride directly to the bamboo forest or up for the...More
Despite the place being crowded, the view was fantastic. We enjoyed our day there very much because it is a very unique experience. We took the Sagano Romantic Train and Hozugawa River Boat Ride to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. We spent almost an entire day at...More
I have never been to a bamboo forest before so we decided to take the train to visit this place. What would have been a cool serene experience was diminished by the magnitude of people, most of whom were very loud. So loud that you...More
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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It takes about 15 min fit hiker time. The way is marked. Walk out of the station to main road turn left and keep walking till you can see the railroad crossing and turn left. You walk about 7 min to where you see some stores... More
It takes about 15 min fit hiker time. The way is marked. Walk out of the station to main road turn left and keep walking till you can see the railroad crossing and turn left. You walk about 7 min to where you see some stores selling drinks and food turn right and your on your way. Just keep looking for signs.
Start your trip from Osaka by taking JR train to Kyoto. Then take the local JR train (Sanin line) from Kyoto station to Saga Arashiyama station. The train ride from Kyoto will be approximately less than 30 minutes depending... More
Start your trip from Osaka by taking JR train to Kyoto. Then take the local JR train (Sanin line) from Kyoto station to Saga Arashiyama station. The train ride from Kyoto will be approximately less than 30 minutes depending on the types of train you take (rapid, normal etc). From Saga Arashiyama train station, there are 3 ways to go to the Bamboo Forest. The first one is to take the Sagano Kamaota train direct to the forest. The train line is for tourists and the station is right next to the Saga Arashiyama JR Station. I only recommend this mode for elderly or those with walking difficulties. The second mode is to hire a bike or to take a richshaw from the train station to the forest while the third one is by walking. The last method is highly recommended as you can walk/experience the atmosphere around through part of Saga town and approach the forest after walking through scenic spots like Tenryuji Temple and the shopping street. The walk is easy and simple and it only take some 15 minutes time if you don't waste your time in photo-taking or shopping as you can do these activities later after visiting the Bamboo Forest. The forest is not too large in size but the bamboo trees are tall and well maintained and kept for viewing by visitors. A few films also take the scenes around while more and more people come here while visiting Kyoto particularly those newly-wedded couples (or those who just want to take wedding photos youngsters) who purposely come here to take their wedding photos. But remember to come here early or else you will encounter lots of visitors, local or foreigners around the whole region. The trip is simple and easy and it will take you half a day touring around Saga region.