Bamboo Forest Street
Bamboo Forest Street
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Stefanie H
    Lincoln, Nebraska1,664 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short walk
    It seems that everyone comes to Arashiyama for the bamboo grove; however, it is just one of the attractions in the area. It is fairly small and a little hard to find, but it is near the train station. We went at sunset as we were leaving the area and encountered very few people.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Pasi J
    Espoo, Finland63 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slightly underwhelming, really
    Clearly the most pointless bit of our Kyoto experience. Hardly magical, hardly mystical, very touristy. As a disclamer, being Finns we might be a bit privileged: we do have plenty of tall, slim forests practically next door, so this simply failed to impress us. Perhaps the experience is better at some other hour and/or during some other season?
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Cakesx2
    Melbourne, Australia426 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hardly worth the trek
    We squeezed onto a train with hundreds of other people looking for the magnificent bamboo grove. When we found it it was underwhelming. 100m of nice grove. The rest is just the lead up. Good for a pic or two. The crowds are incredibly dense. Would not bother unless you have a few hours to kill and it’s nice weather. If you have any claustrophobia avoid the trains.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • BlessedAloy
    Singapore, Singapore75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early and include the rickshaw experience
    Try to go early if you want to take nice picture without the crowd. Do consider the rickshaw experience. I did the 45 mins route and the guide brought is round the neighbour and provided good introduction to the place. Worth the price.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Lauren M
    Torrance, California209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bamboo Forest
    We stayed one night in Arashiyama, and it was short walk from our hotel. It does not take long to complete the walk and was easy to incorporate into the schedule. In fact, we went twice. We walk through upon arrival around 2 pm and understandably, it was crowded. However, it was fairly easy to take people out of the pictures as most of the tourists were considerate and abundance of the bamboos helped. Also, we tried to take in and enjoy the scenery rather than focusing on the perfect pictures. Since jet-lugged, we went back early in the morning next day. With just handful of folks, it was definitely more relaxing.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Brown
    Tokyo, Japan253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking in the bamboo Grove
    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Sunlight filtering through the tall bamboo It's a little bit dark even sunny day. It's crowded, I recommend to ride in a rickshaw for special bamboo path! 背の高い竹がまっすぐ天に向かって伸びています。お天気でも薄暗く、木漏れ日が心地よいです。人が多かったけど、人力車専用竹林の道があるので、人力車お勧めです!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Oktawiusz O
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bamboo Forest - Saga-Arashiyama/Kyoto
    Stepping into the bamboo forest of Kyoto in the morning feels like entering a mystical realm straight out of a fairytale. The sheer height of the bamboo stalks, illuminated by the morning light, creates a mesmerizing atmosphere. If you’re journeying from Tokyo, the optimal route involves taking the metro from Shinjuku Station to Tokyo Station (4 stops), followed by a swift Shinkansen ride to Kyoto (2 hours and 8 minutes). Once in Kyoto, a quick 18-minute train ride to Saga-Arashiyama gets you closer to the forest. From there, the final kilometer can be traversed by a jinrikisha, a traditional Japanese rickshaw, offering a charming and picturesque journey to the bamboo forest. This experience evokes a sense of tranquility and wonder, making the morning the best time to visit this captivating attraction in Kyoto.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 December 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,259 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you’ve never visited a Bamboo Forest
    Famous bamboo forest of Arashiyama hardly had any visitors on the rainy morning of our visit. Perhaps a dozen of so visitors were there that morning. Otherwise we been told the place would be packed. The walking trail through the grove was closed due to heavy rain and mud that day. Most visitors probably can walk through the entire area in approximately one hour and it’s free. We’ve been to another bamboo forest in Japan so this wasn’t a big deal.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Sue B
    Isle of Man, United Kingdom346 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The "SMALL" bamboo forest..... underwhelmed....
    We visited very early one morning to avoid the crowds around 8am and it soon got busy... by 9am it was crowded. It was a bit underwhelming as the actual forest is not that large, and we were surprised at this as we expected a lot more.. Bit of a tourist trap with the streets adjacent to the forest full of junk gift shops and expensive cafes..
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2024
  • njoy_travelling
    San Diego, California88 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a zoo (of people)
    Extremely crowded if you go after 8am. You will keep bumping into people every step of the way. Forget about taking pictures with no one in the background. The place itself is amazing with tall bamboo trees, but the crowd ruins the place. People were shouting and making so much noise that it takes away the serenity of the area. Don't go unless you make it before 8am or after 5pm.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 March 2024
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Prabir G
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A. Opening Hours :  24x7
B. Ticket: Free entry
C. Location : Arashoyama, Kyoto
D. Travel mode: Arashoyama station on Henkyu railway. Then al 15minutes 🚶‍♂️  .
F. PHOTOGRAPHY : Allowed.
          This natural bamboo grove is one of the most phographed place in Japan after Mt. FUJI. Beautiful tall stalks of bamboos and a pathway going within the bamboo  groves on both sides, a truly mesmerizing effect on your eyes and mind.
      We visited this place during our recent Japan trip.  A 10 minutes walk from the main street, we reached our place.  A soothing green with touches of yellow bamboo stocks all around. What a sight ! I can't describe it's beauty in words. One had to behold to believe what an art nature can create
A must visit in a Japan trip
 

                     
                       
     
Written 25 May 2024
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tkpuar
Singapore, Singapore1,250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Our Magnificent 7 group of G4Fun took the morning to visit the Bamboo Forest on our own. We took the redline subway T12 from Okura Hotel to T15 and changed to JR railway to the Arashiyama area.
The place is packed with tourists;almost split between guided groups and independent ones.
The tall bamboo groves are a rare sight to behold. There is a path reserved for rickshaws who take the tourists to the deeper sections of the bamboo cluster.
On the way is the Tenryu-Ji Zen temple and the Sogenchi Garden, a UN Nations World heritage site.
We also stopped by a stall that sold ice cream. Ice cream more ice than cream for 400¥
Written 22 May 2024
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639abbie
Canberra, Australia1,392 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It’s a fitness test and should be ok for most under 50 and especially if they are not recovering from a previous challenge. The forest, gardens and exhibits were fantastic. However, watch out for admissions to temples and other exhibits that is no more than money making schemes. We paid $500 yen per person for a 3 small room exhibit that we can’t take photo of some not refined nor historic significance. Just be careful and ask exiting tourists.
Written 30 April 2024
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ccsfamily
Geneva, IL317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was the last stop on our all day bicycle ride tour in Kyoto. It was just starting to rain when we arrived at the bamboo forest. A gentle rain made the bamboo seem like you were walking through a rain forest. Since we arrived on bicycles, we did not have umbrellas , only rain jackets. We only spent about 20 minutes there which was plenty of time to walk through both sides of the area and take photos.
Written 28 April 2024
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oskar
Swindon, UK104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Pretty busy but it’s to be expected, the walk itself is pretty short. All the temples in the area require an entrance fee, not a problem however I didn’t have enough cash that day. There’s a mountain trail worth seeing. Probably wouldn’t go out of my way to see the bamboo forest but I might’ve had a different opinion if I saw the shrines.
Written 26 April 2024
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Kyz Winkley
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Average at best. The pictures sell you a fairytale.... Not quite the case. Hindsight is great, I'd spend my time elsewhere..... The winner? The Creme Brulee Donut at the train station
Written 20 April 2024
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Lachiesnow
Brisbane, Australia123 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Complete tourist trap, made salvageable by the gorgeous Okochi Sanso Gardens on the other side. You can choose to join the masses waddling through a five minute stretch of ordinary bamboo, or you can head to one of Kyotos thousands of more attractive, less crowded spots
Written 15 April 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,206 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It's quite remarkable that a relatively small alley with tall bamboo stalks can be a veritable tourist magnet. You wade through crowds of other tourists armed with ready smartphones, trying to get a good shot of some quite ordinary, 10-meter tall bamboo.

Perhaps you'll be fine with the concept, but honestly, I felt a bit silly.
Written 14 April 2024
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia776 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Get there early, we arrived before seven and it was already crowded. It is a short trail through a Bamboo garden with a small temple half way. We walked off the trail just to get away from the crowd. I much preferred Paying to enter the Tenryuji Temple Garden.
Written 5 April 2024
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Emilie
Copenhagen, Denmark18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It is just a bamboo lane behind a temple on the sleepy outskirts of Kyoto, yet complete overcrowded with tourists all over the place. Do yourself a favor and skip this tourist trap 🪤
Written 23 March 2024
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