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Sagano Bamboo Forest (Arashiyama) in Kyoto

Mind visiting this bamboo grove to relax from the noisy city streets

Best time: all year round

Sagano Bamboo Forest (Arashiyama)
Sagano Bamboo Forest (Arashiyama)

One of the most common spots to visit in Kyoto is the Sagano Bamboo Forest also known as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. This towering bamboo forest creates a unique contrast to the city's urbanity. Some 30 minutes from the noisy city's center you can enjoy the sounds of nature. Of course, it will be hard to avoid the crowds, and the sound of camera shots as the forest features several wooden tourists' paths to walk on and enjoy the never-ending bamboo trees' view.

All you see around as you walk through is a large number of high and thin bamboo trunks. The most magical moment comes, when a slight wind appears. It goes through bamboo trees and makes them sway back and forth, and hit each other, creating a sound of rustling, creaking, and bending. It's perhaps one of the most recognized sounds in Japan. Being so unique, this place was voted to be one of “100 Soundscapes of Japan” by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.

The bamboo forest is open to visitors all year. Summer is a favourite time, but if you want to avoid crowds, choose weekdays, and go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. While visiting in December, you'll also witness Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro illuminations.

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When is the best time to visit the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto?

The Sagano Bamboo Forest is open all year round, and it's preferable to avoid crowds; thus early in the morning or late in the afternoon is best. The summer is the favored season while visiting in December grants access to the Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro illuminations which are awe-inspiring at night. Show more

Where is Sagano Bamboo Forest located in Kyoto?

Situated within the Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan, the Sagano Bamboo Forest (Arashiyama Bamboo Grove) is spread for kilometers along the west side of the town, close to Tenryu-ji Temple in the Arashiyama Mountains. Show more

What makes the sound of bamboo forest unique?

Whenever the breeze passes through the bamboo trees, the sound produced is unique. It's a blend of creaking and rustling that has a relaxing effect. Japan's Ministry of the Environment has recognized the sound as one of the '100 Soundscapes of Japan'. Show more

Are there any other attractions in the Arashiyama area near the bamboo grove?

Numerous attractions are available near the Sagano Bamboo Forest located in the Arashiyama district. Popular spots include Monkey Park Iwatayama, Tenryu-ji Temple, Okochi-Sanso Villa, and Togetsukyo Bridge. Show more

How much time should I reserve to explore the Sagano Bamboo Forest?

It's preferable to spend around 30 minutes exploring the Sagano Bamboo Forest, though you may need to set aside approximately two hours to witness the Tenryu-ji Temple and the Okochi-Sanso Villa. Ultimately, the duration spent at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is contingent on the experience you'd want to have within the serene bamboo environment. Show more

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