Bamboo Forest Arashiyama Kyoto Japan

Japan: Kyoto – Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama

Date: 24th March, 2015

After an eventful day of activities yesterday, today was going to be just as hectic. I didn’t feel like leaving Kyoto without seeing some more attractions. And so I woke up early and set off for Arashiyama, a popular tourist town with lots to see and do.

Kyoto station morning rush Japan
Kyoto station was bustling
Kyoto station roof design Japan
I’ll have another post on Kyoto station’s unique architecture
Sagano line Kyoto station
To get to Arashiyama, I had to board a train on the Sagano line
JR train to Arashiyama from Kyoto station
That is the JR train I was going to board. Tickets cost Β₯240 (β‚Ή120/$1.8/€1.7) for a one way trip to Arashiyama
Kyoto outskirts houses Japan
The journey from Kyoto city to Arashiyama by train takes about 20 minutes
Driving school training road Kyoto
This must be a driving school
Rail and piano museum Arashiyama Japan
Just outside Saga Arashiyama station is a museum showcasing rail memorabilia and pianos from the 19th century. Yes, you read that right πŸ™‚
Arashiyama cycle map Kyoto Japan
Renting a bicycle is a popular way to get around Arashiyama
Bamboo forest sign Arasiyama Japan
I wanted to rent one but I knew I could only spend an afternoon in Arashiyama. So I decided to walk instead, not knowing how much I could cover by 2PM
Small house Arashiyama Japan
Love spotting these cute houses
Bamboo forest entrance Arashiyama Kyoto
The entrance to Bamboo Forest is a short 15 minute walk from Saga Arashiyama station. Just before entering, I felt like having a beef croquette which was being sold at a small stall (on the right).

Bamboo forest entrance Kyoto
It was a good thing I didn’t rent a cycle, because they are not allowed beyond this point
Bamboo forest Kyoto Japan
The famous Bamboo forest of Arashiyama
Bamboo forest turn Kyoto Japan
Also referred to in English as Bamboo Grove
Bamboo forest Arasiyama Kyoto Japan
I couldn’t really find any history of this bamboo forest written anywhere. Like who planted all these bamboo trees, why, and who maintains them now.
Arashiyama bamboo forest Kyoto Japan
These bamboo trees were more than 50 feet high
Cemetery Arashiyama Kyoto Japan
A cemetery?
Walkway bamboo forest Kyoto
The path is fairly straight forward
Tenryu ji temple gate Arashiyama
I saw this gate to Tenryuji Temple
Sogenchi garden Arashiyama Kyoto Japan
I went in to check out the place
Tenryuji temple Arashiyama Kyoto
There were three buildings inside the temple grounds
Tenryuji temple Arashiyama Japan
This one is the biggest, but didn’t look like the temple
Tenryuji temple lake Arashiyama
Tenryuji temple grounds seem like a very relaxing place to be at
Tenryuji lake koi fish Japan
The requisite koi fish in a lake
Tenryuji heritage site entrance Kyoto
It wasn’t until I walked around to this building I realized this is the main entrance…and there is a Β₯500 entry free! πŸ˜›
Arashiyama street Kyoto Japan
The downside was I found myself back on the main road
Arashiyama attractions sign Japan
I had go back to the bamboo forest
Path bamboo forest Arasiyama
A bit of time wasted, but I picked up pace
Chikurin no Komochi Kyoto Japan
Chikurin no Komichi is what Bamboo Forest is called in Japanese
Bamboo forest corner panorama
A panorama
Arashiyama bamboo forest Kyoto
I was walking towards the section which has a higher concentration of bamboo trees
Bamboo Forest Arashiyama Kyoto Japan
This area is really the best
Arashiyama bamboo forest Japan
Took this shot on my phone
Edge of bamboo forest Arashiyama
This is the edge of the Bamboo Forest
Manicured gardens Arashiyama Kyoto
Once I was out of the Bamboo forest, I found myself walking through some neighbourhood
Manicured gardens Arashiyama Kyoto
After a while, I was trying to figure out my way back to the main road again
Rickshaw puller Arashiyama Kyoto
If you don’t wish to walk around the Bamboo Forest, then this is your next best option
Railway crossing Arashiyama Kyoto
Figured I had to cross this railway track to get back to the Bamboo Forest

Rail track Sagano Japan

Maiko Arashiyama Kyoto Japan
On the way back, saw these maiko dancers enjoying the attention of the passing tourists looking at them in awe
Cycles Arashiyama Kyoto Japan
I was finally back on the main road
Japanese umbrellas Kyoto Japan
Japanese umbrellas are pretty
Soybean doughnut Kyoto Japan
I bought one of these to taste. It wasn’t very sweet.
Arashiyama junction Kyoto
I decided to visit the Monkey Park next, which was across this bridge
Katsura river Arashiyama Kyoto
Katsura river
Togetsukyo bridge Arashiyama Japan
Togetsukyo bridge
Togetsukyo bridge Arashiyama Kyoto
It’s from this bridge that you can capture the colourful trees by the river…
Hill river Arashiyama Kyoto
… well, colourful during Autumn season
Restaurants Arashiyama Kyoto
Arashiyama is very much a tourist town
Hoshinoya Arashiyama Kyoto Japan
Hoshinoya is a riverside resort, but you can also hire boat rides from here

I finally reached the entrance to the Monkey Park, but all that and more in the next post!

Next posts in this series:

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Monkey Park in Arashiyama

Japan 2015: Kyoto Station, and arriving at Himeji by shinkansen

Japan 2015: Himeji Castle, and the unexpected air show

Japan 2015: Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, leaving Himeji for Tokyo β€” and my last bullet train ride

Japan 2015: Nakamise street, Senso-ji temple, and Ueno Park sakura at half-bloom

Japan 2015: Ueno Zoo – pandas, a lonely polar bear, and more

Japan 2015: Shibuya – the busiest crossing in the world, and home to a loyal dog

Japan 2015: Nishi-Shinjuku β€” views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building sky deck

Japan 2015: Shopping in Shinjuku, and Kabukicho

Japan 2015: Denboin garden, near Sensoji Temple

Japan 2015: Cherry blossom celebrations by Sumida River

Japan 2015: Boat ride to Odaiba; giant Gundam statue at DiverCity Mall

Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms at Tokyo Imperial Palace east garden

Japan 2015: Cherry blossom sightings at Shinjuku Gyoen

Japan 2015: Harajuku on a Sunday – Meiji shrine and Yoyogi Park

Japan 2015: Harajuku at night — Takeshita Street

Japan 2015 – Visiting Akihabara a second time, because why not?

Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Ueno Park

Japan 2015: Rikugien garden’s weeping cherry blossom tree

Japan 2015: Getting to Hakone; Lake Ashi sightseeing cruise

Japan 2015: Hakone ropeway; onsen at Hotel Green Plaza

Japan 2015: Ōwakudani sulphur springs, views of Mt. Fuji β€” and last night in Tokyo

Japan 2015: Getting to Narita Airport β€” and flying an Airbus A380 for the first time

Previous posts in this series:

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Gion Corner Cultural Show

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu Dera temple

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Fushimi Inari-taisha, and climbing to the mountain top

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishiki market and Teramachi

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishi & Higashi Honganji, Shijo street, and Gion

Japan 2015: Riding a bullet train for the first time, Tokyo to Kyoto

Japan 2015: Walking around Akihabara and Ginza

Japan 2015: Going to Akihabara, and spending way too much time in Yodobashi Akiba

Japan 2015: Landing in Tokyo… and using a communal bath for the first time

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  • LY


    Awesome Japan photo walks! Plenty of useful travel info too. Plan to go there someday! Was the Bamboo Grove that hard to navigate even with a satnav app like Google Maps?

    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Not that hard, as long as you have a good signal.

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