Bamboo Forest Street
Bamboo Forest Street
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia709 contributions
Mar 2021
The bamboo forest in Arashiyama is one of the most visited sites in the area and one of the most iconic views in Kyoto. It's about a kilometre in length and the bamboo trunks reach up to 25m in height. Due to Covid there were significantly less people around so we could get some photo opportunities without people. Take the train to Saga Arashiyma Station (included in JR Rail Pass) and it's about a 10-15 mins walk. Afterwards, we continued on the main road to the Togetsu Bridge and to the Kimono Forest.
Written January 23, 2022
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Ed H
Ontario, CA116 contributions
Nov 2019
Another hidden gem in the outskirts of Kyoto. A definite must after the Hozugawa River Boat Ride. Although it's a short trail, you can enjoy the Bamboo Forest during the day or at night, just about sunset. Once it turns pitch-black there is an eerie, scary feeling. But not to worry, it is totally safe. I know there are guides that charge a large sum of money to take you there, but you can do this on your own for free. You might also want to try the Kimono Forest and hot foot spa just a few minutes away. Our visit was before the pandemic so masks and hand sanitizers were not required.
Written August 15, 2020
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Von P
Phoenix, AZ86 contributions
Dec 2019
I was exhausted from walking all day so we decided to do the touristy thing and hire a rickshaw. We're SO glad we did! The "driver" was exceptional, filled with historical and interesting information as he rode us through the forest and surrounding area. He as also a master photographer even with my phone and took several terrific and creative photos for us. We really enjoyed this unique experience.
Written January 7, 2020
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Daniel M
Kyoto, Japan50 contributions
Jan 2020
Lots and lots of tourists come to the bamboo forest and it's too crowded. Quite apart from that, there's nothing in the bamboo forest that is particularly interesting or couldn't be found elsewhere- and it's full of mosquitoes. I would only go here to post on Instagram. I would recommend skipping over the ridge and enjoying Kiyotaki river in a genuine forest, with very few tourists.
Written December 20, 2020
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Steph & Dan
59 contributions
Feb 2020
Overall, we enjoyed the bamboo grove and would recommend a visit. HOWEVER, be aware that all these photos are pretty much what you will see. The path in the forest is short. You get to the end and think there must be more, but there isn't. So just know this ahead of time, and really take it all in from the moment you step foot into it. Take a photo or two, but not too many, because by the time you finally look up to take it in, it'll all be over. And it's is a very majestic sight to see - maybe walk it a few times to take it all in. ;)
Written March 27, 2020
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Dds
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia132 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
It was a cool morning with a slight drizzle. The walk was enjoyable amongst the green backdrop. Air was fresh, felt extra oxygenated. Lots of tourists and locals, great for photos. Some dressed in kimonos, others capturing funny poses. Do note that only if there is some sort of celebration then the evening/night lights will be turned on and its a whole different vibe...otherwise its pitch black by 6pm walking along a few cemeteries.
Written January 13, 2020
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muhammad rizal f
Jakarta, Indonesia61 contributions
Dec 2020
very calm situation here,
dense enough bamboo forest. i come here at 17:00 local time, it is almost pitch black inside.
try this route start from Tenryu-Ji garden, exit at north gate, into this bamboo path, turn left go up to observation point end it wit Togetsukyo Bridge..

wonderfull experience

another option is start by Sagano Railway roundtrip and start form Arashiyama Torroko station. but you have to turn back after enter the bamboo forest path if you want to go to observation deck.
Written January 3, 2021
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johnandlizb
Leamington Spa, UK1,006 contributions
Feb 2020
The bamboo forest is large because the bamboo is large. However, there is only one path through it and it is very busy. There were crass cyclists yelling at the top of their lungs which ruined the peace. The walk through the forest took about 10 minutes and it was very pretty, but not as picturesque as those perfect instagram pictures you might see due to the crowds.
Written March 29, 2020
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rosswp
New Plymouth, New Zealand23 contributions
Nov 2019
Our visit to this place was 2 weeks before christmas. A very busy tourist hotspot we unfortunately hit the peak time about 1 oclock to 3 oclock. Very congested as it was, our large group of 29 students and adults however enjoyed the experience.
Written January 7, 2020
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APinBKK
Bangkok, Thailand189 contributions
Dec 2019
From pictures on the internet you will see a serene scene amongst the bamboo forest, but in reality you will be among hundreds of other people thrying to get that perfect picture. Make sure to walk the whole path because there are areas that have less people. These areas made me enjoy it a little more. As others have pointed out, you need to get here early to beat the crowds. I did enjoy walking around the little town outside of the bamboo forest.
Written January 2, 2020
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