Arashiyama
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Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden structure. Arishiyama also has Tenryu-ji temple, one of the 14 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.
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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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  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand780 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arrive early to fully savor its charm
    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a must-see spot in Kyoto! Arrive early to fully savor its charm and avoid crowds that can disrupt the experience. Conveniently accessible from Saga-Arashiyama JR station on foot, the rain adds a magical touch as you walk amidst the bamboo trees. A lovely and enchanting destination that captures the essence of Kyoto's natural beauty.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Stellanie
    Cleveland, Ohio6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful day
    Absolutely beautiful and fairly easy to get to. We started the day at Arashiyama Monkey Park and then walked through town to the Bamboo Forest. The day was an absolute joy w plenty of water and snacks available along the way. Several public bathrooms are also in the area, but not within the bamboo forest. Yes, there were many people there, but it did not detract from our enjoyment of the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • jjluke
    Calgary, Canada1,758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene and tranquil walk
    A great walk through a bamboo forest. It can get crowded but there are moments of tranquility. You can time your visit to avoid the crowds. Yes it is a bit out of the way - we went via taxi over there but were able to walk to a train station nearby. If planning to visit, try to savor it for what it is, and understand what it is not (i.e., kids may not find it quite as entertaining).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • bernadette316
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk through the bamboo grove plus a peaceful temple and it’s gardens. Good day out!
    This is a great place to spend the day. The trails through the bamboo forest can be a little busy but it’s still an amazing sight and a tranquil place to wander and take some photos. The Tenryu-Ji temple and its gardens are also easily accessed in the same area and are beautiful to visit (¥800 entrance to both). Then wander down to the river and take a right turn to walk along it’s north bank to the park where you may spot the monkeys. Plenty of places around here to grab lunch too and easily reached from central Kyoto on the JR line.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Jessica S
    Tampa, Florida549 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute city, gets crowded, fun half day from Kyoto
    Arashiyama is a really cool area and a great day or half day stop if you have time while in Kyoto. The town is cute, but got very crowded while we were there! We headed up to the see the monkeys first thing in the morning before it got too hot. It’s a climb, but our kids had no problems and it’s nicely graded. If you have mobility issues, it may not be possible. The monkeys were cool and I’m glad we saw them! We enjoyed walking around the town, got some personalized chop sticks and enjoyed the atmosphere. The street food was very meh, would not recommend. I’m sure there are better restaurant options, but we were just looking for a snack. Was also really unimpressed by the bamboo forest. It may just be that it’s really hyped on instagram, but I didn’t see the allure. Otagi Nembutsu-ji is close by and in my opinion, a much better place to enjoy. I’m glad we walked through since we were there, but I wouldn’t get up at like 7 am to beat the crowds to the bamboo.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 September 2023
  • tim r
    137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go very early, or don't go at all....
    The main thing is, get here early. From about 8 am it really starts to get crowded, before then it's possible to get a sense of the awesome, peaceful, presence of the place. It's open 24 hours anyway... It's not a large area, and you could probably walk from one end to the other in about 3 minutes, so take your time...
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • ゆなっち
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery fishing area in Arashiyama
    We enjoyed fly fishing at scenic Arashiyama area in relax mood. Owner was very friendly. Can do fly.lure and bait fishing, bring you own tackles or rental tackles are available. Trout fishing season is coming soon, from Oct.28. Can’t wait visit again!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Bobbie W
    Warwick, Rhode Island1,693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool place to visit!
    The Bamboo Forest and town (Arashiyama) is not to be missed! The forest is a site to be seen. So cool! The area is also beautiful with a pretty lake they offers row boating or a ride on a Japabeee type boat (I forget what they’re called. See pictures. The small town boasts lots of eateries and shops they are worth checking out. The Kimono Forest is also in the town, which is a small area where there are tubes of kimono fabric.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • diljeet c
    26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kyoto
    Good experience Great outing for a day. So many shops, people are nice and extremely helpful. One should visit at messy once, if you visit to japan/Kyoto. Rickshaw ride is too expensive, beware! Good fun and well spent time with family! Thanks
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Patrick
    Bath, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool site, very crowded.
    Like most of Kyoto’s “instagram” spots, it is absolutely overrun with crowds of people. The view is striking, but if you hate crowds you’re not missing much. It is free though, so worth visiting if you’re on a budget. If you want a nice photo, go at dawn, and get it with the 10 other professional influencers who have also turned up at dawn.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
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SanneTravel
Groningen, The Netherlands107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I know, I know, three stars for such a gorgeous sight? Hear me out. Yes, the insanely tall bamboo was truly gorgeous, and the sound it creates when the bamboo hit each other is quite magical. However, trying to avoid all the tourists while trying to enjoy the sight was quite a task. I guess we arrived too late, large groups of tourists were already there. We enjoyed the area behind the bamboo forest, and the shopping street. Note for the train heading to arashiyama: don't check in at your first stop, you have to pay 220 yen (in cash, or with your ic card) when you get out of the train, regardless of where you get out.
Written 18 February 2020
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71emma
Kuching, Malaysia532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Again, we used our JR Pass, this time to take the JR train to Saga-Arashiyama Station. It took about half an hour.
We followed the flow of crowds. It was quite a distance. We were strolling and enjoying the scenery of Japanese houses when we caught sight of light brown bamboo groves. We thought those were the famous 'Arashiyama Bamboo Groves' and were rather disappointed, until the younger ones laughingly told us those were not it, that the actual Bamboo Groves was still a distance away.
Excitedly, we quickened our pace. When we finally caught sight of the actual green Bamboo Groves, we were very happy and began taking pictures. However, as we continued to walk about a further 10 metres or so, we all caught our breath!! At a distance away, the place where the path split into two, with more light around that intersection, was the most awe-inspiring, mesmerizing scenery ever! We were totally speechless and enthralled!
Wow! So, this was it! How delighted we were! My sisters quickly took videos. Because of the ongoing crowds, it was rather hard to take personal pics.
And it was quite an impossible feat to catch what we really saw with naked eyes on handphone! It took us quite sometime, using different spots and angles. We gave up in the end. Perhaps it would need a professional cameraman. As it was, we had to make do with what we caught.
We continued to walk to the exact spot which had so captivated us, but it was not as beautiful there, as from a distance.
The younger ones were anxious to finish the climb to the peak, to see monkeys and left us to explore the bamboo groves on our own.
Truly, this is a 'must-visit' if one visits Kyoto. We were so glad we made it.
Written 6 February 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
When I first entered the bamboo garden, I felt very underwhelmed. There were few bamboos on either side, and then it got over. However thankfully we kept walking and we were greeted by huge bamboo on both sides for quite a distance. We went around 5 pm, it was getting slightly dark and was the perfect time of the day. You won’t be walking inside a bamboo forest though, just will have huge bamboo on both sides and the central road is paved for walking. No vehicles are allowed, so it makes for a nice stroll despite quantity of tourists. It is worth the hype, and we’re glad we did it resulting in very picturesque photos.
Written 5 February 2020
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Zoe B
Perth, Australia152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We only thought this was just a massive forest with bamboo and that's all it was, but we were wrong. We saw a beautiful lake from atop a lookout and went for a boat ride as there were boats you could hire for an hour and go for a row along the river.

There was a bit of construction going on while we were there but if you go when the cherry blossoms are out it would be very pretty.

If you want to pay ¥1000 you can walk through a garden and have a Japanese tea and some biscuits either before or after you look around a traditional house and a garden
Written 6 April 2020
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LPDiane
Colorado Springs, CO155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited here in January, it was cold and it was crowded but not overwhelming. It was a pleasant experience. We chose not to see the monkeys, we stopped and had some tempura and warm sake. Very glad we visited here, we didn't spend more than a few hours here, but very happy we experienced this beautiful zen day.
Written 4 February 2020
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Hussein
Knightsbridge, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Business
If you want to benefit from the premium air quality and the amazing sun-rise scene you can witness from this amazing forest? Rise up early in the morning. I visited thus place early morning around 4:30am. This place is absolutely breath taking with the birds in the background and the sky slowly opening up the tays of sunshine? It’s the ultimate sanctuary for meditation! The feeling is very powerful 👍🏽
Written 3 April 2020
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HotRodHeart
France137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Lets be clear, its' a nice place.
But most of the time, you will not enjoy a peaceful stroll in a bamboo grove, feeling like you traveled the old days of the samurai... Instead, you will be surrounded by Instagram photo snapping tourists, and many shouting to each other like no one else is there. And most yukata wearing girls you'll see will be tourists.

It's also important to remember that this is not some wild bamboo field laying around for tourists to enjoy. The owners are cultivating bamboos to use them and sell them for craftmen. So please refrain from writing your name on it, or throwing your trash around...
Written 7 August 2020
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont7,547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We have visited here many times. For our November 2019 visit, we decided we would stay for 3 nights to be fully immersed in the place.

One advantage of staying for several nights is that you have a lot of freedom to decide where to go and when to go. You can check out the crowds, the weather, and, in our case, the state of play of the foliage. Day trippers are encouraged to come early to avoid the crowds - if you spend the night, it is very easy to do this and the first hour or so of the morning you almost have the area to yourself. Another advantage of staying overnight is you don’t feel rushed to see everything possible in one day; you can spend time walking the back streets and neighborhoods to get a feel for the place and not just rush through the tourist hot spots. We found a few small neighborhood temples which were very peaceful and were likely never visited by many tourists.

One disadvantage of staying overnight is that most restaurants close early. We self-catered for 2 of the 3 nights, taking a very long walk to the supermarket from our hotel to stock up for 2 evening meals so we could cook in our hotel suite’s microwave. The hotel staff could not believe that we walked the distance from the hotel to the Fresco Saga Supermarket and back, but we did.

Stay overnight, even for one night if you can, it’s worth it.
Written 11 September 2020
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Kevin H
62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
If you are in Kyoto this is a stop you must make simply because it is so iconic. It’s only a 20 minute train ride from Kyoto station on the JR line. The monkey garden is nearby but it closed at 4:30pm and we missed it.
Written 26 January 2020
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O32018
Philadelphia, PA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Bamboo forest is a great attraction, but it is not the only one in this wonderful town. There is a temple. There are great looking houses all with different architecture in narrow streets. There is a river and main street with small shops and restaurants with great views. There is a train every 10-20 minutes from Kyoto station and other neigbooring places. One can spend an entire day in this lovely town.
Written 6 January 2020
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