From myths to legends, the Japanese seem to have an affinity with bamboo. So needless to say, they would have
forest garden filled with bamboo. To be able to see bamboo grow so abundantly and magnificently is certainly a treat for the eyes.
|There will be signs showing the way to the bamboo forest|
The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a well known tourist spot renown for its wondrous bamboo. Just google it up and magnificent photos of the place makes you want to go visit! The serene 200 meters pathway meandering between the luscious stalks of bamboo makes for a tranquil walk or bicycle ride.
|A map for the bicycle path and how much it costs to rent a bicycle - 100¥|
Besides walking or cycling, there is another alternative - renting rickshaws that are pulled by young (and muscular) Japanese men to go through the bamboo forest path and around Arashiyama if you want. The average price is around 5,000 - 7,000¥ depending on where you want to go.
|Kimonos, rickshaws and bamboo|
|Rest those legs as the rickshaw pulls you through the cool path meandering through lush bamboo|
|A railway crossing we had to cross to get to the bamboo grove|
We visited in the late morning close to noon, so the sun was shining brightly. The moment we entered the grove, a nice cool breeze greeted us with a faint scent of bamboo, a reprieve from the blazing sun. Standing amidst the magnificent stalks of lush green bamboo with the bright sunlight intertwining between bamboo leaves and stalks, along with the occasional breeze swaying the stalks of bamboo back and forth exudes a sense of serenity away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
|As we neared our destination, two girls in kimonos were on their way out|
|A little 'shop' set up before entering the groove|
|Even students appreciate nature|
|The mystical feel of light inter-playing with shadows|
|The path with light filtering through the bamboo|
|Even with that shade towering over from the lush bamboo, it never hurts to carry an umbrella lol|
|Luscious green bamboo|
|Entrance to the Bamboo Forest Trail|
|Bamboo Forest Trail|
|There was a moderate crowd of tourists that day, but there were moments when it seemed like I was the only one in the grove|
|Magical Forest 'feel'|
|So straight, so uniform... all reaching towards the sky|
|Tourists hidden away by the tall stalks of bamboo, you would think that you are the only one|
|Sunlight peeking through all that green|
|So tall, they almost seem to reach the sky|
|Eager tourists snapping away at wefies, selfies and photos|
While I was exploring the grove with my camera, M actually found it boring because she thought that there would be more to the grove than bamboo. So if you are the sort that needs to see more than just green bamboo (e.g. flowers) and cannot appreciate nature in that sense, than you can consider skipping the visit to the Bamboo Grove. However, if you want to experience a unique bamboo encounter, than a visit to the bamboo grove will definitely make you feel refreshed when you leave the place. All those stunning photos of the Bamboo Grove on google does not really capture that feeling of standing in the midst of luscious stalks of bamboo rustling and swaying in the breeze with the sunlight peeking through - you have to experience it for yourself!
|The lush leaves of the bamboo shading some of the sunlight|
The path leads to the entrance to the the former villa and garden of the popular silent actor Okochi Denjiro, which is atop a small hill. We did not visit the villa and garden but ended up at Nonomiya Shrine.
Bamboo Grove Admission Fee: Free
How to get there
From Kyoto Station:
From Kyoto downtown:
- Bus: Kyoto City Bus No. 28 or Kyoto Bus No. 71, 72, 73
- Train: JR Sagano Line to Saga Arashiyama Station.
From Kyoto downtown:
- Bus: Kyoto City Bus No. 28 or No. 11
- Train: Keifuku Arashiyama Line to Arashiyama Station (from Shijo Omiya Station).
- Japan Spring 2016 Itinerary 9D/8N
- Japan Trip Day 1 Kyoto
- Japan Trip Day 2 Kyoto (Arashimaya & Gion)
- Japan Trip Day 3 Kyoto (Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden & Gion)
- Japan Trip Day 4 Osaka (Universal Studios)
- Japan Trip Day 5 Osaka
- Japan Trip Day 6 Kyoto - Tokyo
- Japan Trip Day 7 Tokyo
- Japan Trip Day 8 Tokyo (DisneySea)
- Japan Trip Day 9 Tokyo - Singapore
- Cost Breakdown & Overview of our Japan Trip: Kyoto-Osaka-Tokyo (9 Days/8 Nights)