About Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Bamboo has always been metaphorically linked to us humans due to its natural characteristics. In most cultures, it is deemed as a symbol of man’s virtues, soul and emotions, and even resiliency. It ain’t surprising that bamboo has played a huge role even in Japan’s myths and festivals. And that’s why in the Land of the Rising Sun, you could see bamboos almost everywhere. One of the most famous spots to see them is at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove located in Kyoto. It’s a hundred metre (more or less) pathway surrounded by lines of bamboos that rustle every time the wind will blow. When you look up on a sunny day, you’d see the rays of sunshine getting through.
Aside from being one of the most photographed destinations in Japan, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove offers one of the best experiences there is Japan that’s sure to relax everyone who’ll walk through it.
How to get to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
The bamboo forest is located at Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku (右京区嵐山) and is just a 10-minute walk from Saga Arashiyama Station, JR Sagano line.
Note though that there are no clear signages that’ll point you directly to the bamboo forest. But if you’re lost, you can ask a local to lead you to where the entrance is located.
1. What you see at the entrance is nothing compared to what’s inside – The moment you enter the entrance, you may get disappointed to see a scene far from the picturesque destination you may have imagined. However, do not be discouraged, just walk a little further inside and you’ll see one of the most relaxing and scenic places you could imagine.
2. Be there as early as possible – Like most destinations in Japan, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is already full of tourists at 8:00AM. If you want to enjoy the calmness and serenity less the crowd, get to Arashiyama as early as possible.
3. It may be a bit dark inside – The canopies of bamboos almost block the sunlight, and it may be difficult to take the photos you imagined you would take. It would be best to bring a tripod and try getting long exposure shots instead.
4. Open 24/7, free-of-charge – The bamboo forest is open to the public and offers free access to everyone. But do not be surprised to see vehicles passing through which is another reason why you need to go to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove as early as possible.