Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest, is a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. The forest consists mostly of Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) and consists of several pathways for tourists and visitors. The Ministry of the Environment considers it a part of the soundscape of Japan.
Prior to 2015 there was a charge to access the forest.
Anmol Garg | Feb 25, 2018
Really beautiful and serene walk amongst the bamboo trees. You can see the light filter through the bamboo. It is green all around. It is not usually crowded so you can be with your own thoughts. Really recommend a dy trip here if you are in Kyoto.
ne lynn | Jan 31, 2018
very beautiful place. while in Kyoto, it is a must to visit. One recommendation is, after going over Togetsukyo Bridge, take the trail beside the mountain and the river where you can find many ferry boats. at the end of the trail, you will see a secret hidden place: a small beach with some rocks. I love it!
Dr HP Tan | Feb 19, 2018
Beautiful country side with serene and scenic views. There are rivers, gardens, temples and a bamboo forest. A must when in Kyoto. Best way to get around is to rent a bike. 🚲
carolina serani | Feb 8, 2018
This is a beautiful place! I recommend to stay at least one day, there are plenty of places to see and plenty of activities like taking a boat ride with lunch included! Enjoy!
rita pena | Feb 9, 2018
So beautiful! I wish I could go back. The most beautiful place I have ever seen
Shantosh Dutta | Mar 9, 2018
Great place to visit only early in the morning when no one else is around. Even though you might think, it’s just bamboo? There is something magical about this place. A sea of bamboo lined up, and green all around. You will not regret visiting this place. The overall distance will take no longer than a 15 minute walk from start to finish and the area is well lit up with sun rays creeping in between the bamboo. I think if you enjoy photography, then this is the place to be! Just make sure you leave early to beat the footfall coming in around 9AM. Once you leave the forest, ask one of the taxi drivers who wait at the exit for the viewpoint of the ravine below. DO NOT take the bait of getting into their taxi for a drive to the viewpoint as it is only a 10 minute walk on a inclined road. Once you reach this view-point, you can see the ravine below and the area is normally free of the tourists. It’s a nice spot to have lunch and to just relax a little. Overall, make sure you wear comfortable shoes, wear a lot of insect repellent and make lunch to go!
The Matadore | Apr 15, 2018
The park and hike up the hill was nice. There were restrooms every few meters which was great because it was something I was worried about after coffee. The views by the riverbank were breathtaking on a humid and cloudy day. I was there when it was raining which was cool and you could see fog rolling up the hills which was quite amazing. The downsides are that once you get to the bamboo path it’s a bit more of a tourist attraction than I had anticipated. Too many people (and umbrellas crashing) around 9:30-11am. You literally can’t take a good picture because of how busy it is but that’s expected. The shops were priced higher than in other areas because of the tourism, even for just water. I felt slightly let down by how thin the forest was and how many of the trees were cut-down towards the end of the walk, which wasn’t very long - about 15 minutes. I’m sure there is a reason for it. There was also the sound of machines which kind of took away from the peaceful silence. It’s still exciting to see all the bamboo though if you’ve never seen it before. The area is beautiful. Also, the path spits you out right by a station which was cool.
Anil Chakravorty | Apr 18, 2018
This place is very near to Kyoto and this place can be reached by bus or by train. Nice green surroundings with Bamboo trees, the river is a beautiful place and to walk along the Riverside is always a pleasure. Best time for leisure. Good food is also available here to relish. Good Hotels are also available nearby to this place for night stay.
Anmol Garg | Apr 3, 2018
Really beautiful and serene walk amongst the bamboo trees. You can see the light filter through the bamboo. It is green all around. It is not usually crowded so you can be with your own thoughts. Really recommend a day trip here if you are in Kyoto.
Jeremy Chan | Mar 7, 2018
Another famous place and must visit activity. Be where early- as early as 8am onwards to enjoy the peace and the surroundings before the tourist crowds arrive and you can’t even take a picture without a clean background. There are lots of places to walk thereafter, traditional streets, quite local houses that are just so nice, lots more walking paths. Then after the long walks, head back to town, the Main Street leading to the bridge to monkey park- plenty of shops, food and snacks!
Suharto Reyes | May 22, 2018
Really Spectacular! Very Nice to see. Worth every minute. Town near it is also nice. Accessible by train. Convenient. SAD you can't go running around inside the jungle.
Anne Le-Sinq | Jun 8, 2018
Nice area but packed with tourists. Though a bit far from the centre, it is worth the journey. The so-called "romantic" train is a let down. One way costs 620¥ and lasts 25 minutes but make sure you book a bit in advance (same day ok) otherwise you cannot sit down. Also there is a train every hour only so I recommend you book that first thing. Allocate some time to walk around (the monkey park is said to be nice) then hop on the train. No need for a return journey (unless you want to) as you can take the metro back to the centre upon arrival.
paigu paigu | Jun 22, 2018
went there ~3PM. not crowded at all and the breezy weather was perfect. i walked until the sagano romantic train station (forget the name of the station). didn't ride the train, but really had a nice walk inside the small forest. I stayed until 5PM and it was enough to enjoy the forest :)
Yesi Castro | Jul 28, 2018
Very pretty but it’s not all open to the public! You need permission to get in to the all bamboo sites! Gorgeous town and greenery! (P.S take bug spray! )
Tim Arm. | Jul 14, 2018
If you like people, and a swap meet in a forest, with nothing but tourism surrounding the place, go for it. It’s a 100 degrees out here, I just got out of that madness, the best part now is I’m having an Asahi. Not my kind of vibe. I hope the rest of Japan is not like this. 20 days to go! 😬
Brian Lau | Jul 27, 2018
This is a must go to spot in Kyoto for the main attraction of the bamboo forest. It can get very very packed now and days however due to the bus loads of tourists, so be ready. However there’s still moments that you can take your perfect shot. Seems like renting a kimono/Yukata is also fairly popular here to get that perfect Insta shot.
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