It’s not a secret that Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the top tourist spots in Kyoto.
It’s a long walk from the station to the Bamboo Grove. There are shops, cafes and food carts along the way, where you can grab some local delicacies, souvenirs or rent the Japanese traditional kimono.
You will find Tenryuji Temple when you reached the end of the road. You can choose to go to your right or left. We followed the crowd walking to the right as it leads directly to Bamboo Grove. If we had more time to explore, we would probably took a left turn. It will still lead you to the Bamboo grove while enjoying the scenic route towards the Togetsukyo Bridge. It will take you a day if you want to explore the beautiful Arashiyama area.
It was very crowded when we reached the grove. I found myself standing in the middle of the bamboos with a disappointed face. It’s very difficult to take a solo photo standing in the middle of the path. I think you have to visit this place at early morning or wait until the tourists subside if you want to take that postcard worthy shot.
I’m also surprised that the bamboo path is just a short walk. After stalking all the beautiful photos online it made my expectation soars.
As we walked through the path farther, we saw a way that led us to somewhat a circle path of bamboos. It felt so tranquil and suddenly my mood changed into more positive. I was walking with admiration of its beauty. The sound it produced as it waves with wind was like a music to my ears and it sent calming feeling to my heart.
I had chanced to take a short video which I have shared below.
And if you want to save your energy from walking, you can also take a rickshaw ride from the young Japanese men and go through the bamboo forest path and around Arashiyama. The price will be around 5000-7000 yen depends 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’s a sign pointing the way to the bamboo grove. Alternatively, you can also follow the signs for Tenryuji temple and Nonomiya Shrine. This tourist spot is open 24-hour.
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photo: inside kyoto