One of Japan’s most popular attractions is the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, located in Arashiyama.
I visited this forest as I showed in my Kyoto travel itinerary and I will tell you a little more.
How to get to Bamboo Forest in Kyoto
As I said, Kyoto’s Bamboo Forest is actually in Arashiyama, a district of the city. Hence the place is also known as Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.
To get there you need to take a train from Kyoto Central Station to Saga-Arashiyama Station.
It’s a super quick trip and it’s included in the JR Pass, the train travel pass. This pass is super useful for those who are going to make several train trips across the country.
Arriving at the station just follow the signs. It’s a few blocks walk, very close.
Don’t be afraid to get lost, the flow of people won’t let you!!!
You can also reach the Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama using the romantic train line: the Sagano Romantic Train. It is a panoramic train from the 19th century.
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when to visit
You know those amazing pictures of the desert forest? Just the person and the beauty of the vegetation?
Well, you need to get there early, otherwise you will find the forest full (really full) of visitors.
That’s what happened to me.
Bosque de Bambu is open all year, but the most beautiful time is in spring and autumn.
What is it like to visit Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
The Bamboo Bosque is a UNESCO Heritage Site, so we can already see its importance there.
The entrance is free.
The forest is much smaller than I imagined. The tour is basically walking through it, admiring the bamboo grove (giant!) and taking pictures. It is a peaceful and pleasant walk.
As I said, if you don’t get there early you will find a crowd of people. But calm down! Walking around a bit, you’ll find a few corners free of selfie sticks! haha
To spice things up, my friends and I rented a typical Japanese outfit to walk around during the day. It was fun and gave great pictures!
I saw the rickshaw service offered and several couples strolling through the woods. I confess that I find it a little strange, it makes me a little uncomfortable.
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Other activities in Arashiyama
I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know it, but I indicate below other programs that can be done along with the visit to the Bamboo Path:
Conclusion: what did I think of the tour?
Contact with Nature is always pleasant and is a different activity from the series of temples that make up the Kyoto itinerary.
The place is calm… leave with renewed energy!
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