Whenever I plan a trip, there is a list of “MUST VISIT” and a list of “Visit if we have time” attractions. On the top of the “MUST VISIT”list in Japan is the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.
From Kyoto Station, we took the JR Sagano train to the Saga-Arashiyama station. It took us 15 minutes and usually costs ¥240 but free if using the JR Pass. Then from the Saga-Arashiyama Station, it is just a short walk to the Bamboo Forest aka Bamboo Grove.
Once there, there is a path that you can walk through the bamboo grove. If you do not want to walk, you can also hire one of the rickshaws to bring you around.
When we first got to the entrance, we were a little disappointed because the bamboo trees there were pretty sparse but as we walk further in, the bamboo growth became thicker and lush. So keep walking till you find the treasure!
Looks like a huge curtain of bamboo trees!
Love the bamboo treetops! It is truly a magical place. My only complaint would be the vast number of tourists and also the fact that they allow cars to drive through the bamboo forest. So every now and then, we had to move aside to allow cars to pass through. I hope that someday they will make this a pedestrian-only zone.
Tip of the day: If you want to enjoy the serene nature of the bamboo forest, go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.