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Bamboo Forest Paths of Arashiyama - Kyoto, Japan
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
N 35° 00.991 E 135° 40.224
53S E 561163 N 3875080
Quick Description: The Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama, a neighborhood in the western suburbs of Kyoto, Japan.
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Date Posted: 10/9/2018 5:25:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMZAMZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Where's George
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Long Description:
Arashiyama bamboo forest paths are over 500 meters long, set between Tenryuji temple and Nonomiya Shrine.

The Japanese have a long history with bamboo, in myths and legends, metaphorically linking a man's strength with this plant. Many festivals also include the use of bamboo in various forms. We can see that from bamboo ice cream cups, buildings and fences. However it is not often we get the chance to see bamboo forests in their natural state that grow thick and line the path like they do here.

The most beautiful spot is not at the beginning of the path, but further away past Tenryuji temple entrance, where bamboo groves grow further apart from each other, allowing it to become thick and beautiful.

You can rent a bike or stroll the path to enjoy the beautiful sight of sunlight shining through the bamboo grove, casting soft shadows on the path. Especially when the wind blows through, you can see moving images exuding a tranquil feel. That is the true charm of these forests of the east. You can also take a rickshaw ride from the young Japanese men and go through the bamboo forest path and around Arashiyama if you want. The price will be around 5000-7000 yen depend on where you want to go.

To get to Arashiyama, take the JR train to Saga-Arashiyama station or take the Hankyu Railway to Arashiyama Hankyu Station. There will be signs showing the way to the bamboo forest. In case you don’t see one you can follow the signs for Tenryuji temple and Nonomiya Shrine. That will also get you to the bamboo forest.

Strolling though the bamboo forest will cost you nothing. You just have to prepare yourself and your camera to take this wonderful path.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.

If you’ve been planning a trip to Kyoto, you’ve probably seen pictures of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, it’s one of the most photographed sights in the city. But no picture can capture the feeling of standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove; the whole thing has a palpable sense of otherness that is quite unlike that of any normal forest.

You can access it directly from the main street of Arashiyama, a little to the north of the entrance to Tenryu-ji Temple, but it’s best paired with a visit to that temple. There is just one main path through the grove, which leads slowly uphill. Once you get to the top of the hill, the entrance to the sublime Okochi-Sanso Villa is right in front of you (go in, you won’t regret it).

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Hours of Operation:
During day light


Admission Prices:
Free


Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Half of a day (2-5 hours)

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle or Public Transportation

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