Arashiyama Kimono Forest
Arashiyama Kimono Forest
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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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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA1,964 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Arashiyama Kimono Forest. We stumbled accidentally on this wonderful find after visiting the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Kimono Forest is a collection of gorgeous cylinder-shaped pillars near the train station on Kyoto’s Keifuku Arashiyama line. The cylinders are covered with colorful historical kimono pattern fabrics. Beautiful. There were kimono shops along the way. Of course, there were folks dressed up to pose for memorable photos. Unfortunately we were here during pouring rain in the morning. The cylinder pillars weren’t lit.
Written 19 February 2024
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Jacqui F
London, UK281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This patch of old station has been converted to a kimono silk park. The design seems to mirror the bamboo forest just up the road, with rolls of kimono silk standing inside glass poles. The colourful, lit-up display makes an intriguing sight after dark.
Written 4 September 2023
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Darren L
Burnaby, Canada129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Quite enjoyed this short walk through the pillars, around the fountain, and next to the train tracks. In fact, I actually enjoyed this more than the bamboo forest as it was not only less busy, but in my opinion, a lot more unique. Wish I came here in the evening so I could see the pillars lit up!
Written 20 January 2023
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David
Florida3,487 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I wouldn't say it was bad, just not something I would pick. Vibrant colored scrolls of
kimono fabric with a prayer fountain. I personally liked the 100plus-year-old trolly ride more.
Written 6 January 2023
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia711 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Kimono Forest is a collection of gorgeous cylinder-shaped pillars framing the lane way to Randen tram station on Kyoto’s Keifuku Arashiyama line, which was installed as part of the renovation in 2013. It is called a "forest" since the pillars are clustered like a forest and the kimono is displayed on each of the pillars. The Kimono Forest consists of pieces of textile displays dyed in the traditional Kyo-yuzen style. Each of the 2 meter high pillars are covered with acrylic fiber. There are about 600 of them all installed all over the station grounds. Walk through the kimono lane and you will find a small pond called Ryu no Atago. Ryu no Atago is the energy spot of Arashiyama Station. Many people come here to pray for their dreams and life goals. It is often missed by travellers and it is magical lit up at night.
Written 23 January 2022
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MRBP
South Carolina248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
Well going here is a part of the fun, you can ride a special train that goes within the town area . It is more beautiful to go at night because all of the scrolls are illuminated. Sept. 2017
Written 6 March 2021
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chriscyl
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This charming attraction is in within the Arashiyama Randen line tram Station and is free for the public to access. It covers a small area but have hundreds of colourful kimono patterns in tall cylinder pillars. We get to see the place during daytime and night time as our lodging is very nearby. The best time to visit will be night time, as the pillars are lit up at night.

Recommended to visit this “forest” as it offer an unique picturesque scenery and a break from the usual temples visit.
Written 22 October 2020
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Ed H
Ontario, CA118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Another hidden gem in the outskirts of Kyoto. This is a great place to visit after the Hozugawa River Boat Ride. I recommend to visit the Kimono Forest at night. If you're there during the day, go walk through the Bamboo Forest then come back at night!! The poles wrapped in kimono fabric light up at night! Although, it is just a short walk you can find yourself wrapped in the colors and brilliance for quite some time. After the walk through Kimono Forest go to the foot spa for a relaxing massage. The foot spa is only $2. The Kimono Forest is FREEEEE!!! Our visit was before the pandemic so no masks or hand sanitizers were required.
Written 15 August 2020
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Oga O
Kyoto Prefecture, Japan16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This artificial kimono forest is a great view blending it with nearby cherry trees and the Keifuku train can, it is a nice detour.
Written 25 December 2019
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Paul C
Sydney, Australia239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
It is something you don’t see ever day. It is heaps of cylinders with fabric inside along a pathway which leads you to a dragon pond. It is said that if you immerse your hands in the water you will get a heart of happiness. Something different
Written 20 December 2019
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