Get lost in the Arashiyama bamboo forest - the best photo spot in Kyoto

The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is one of Kyoto's top sights, and standing among these towering bamboo trees is like being in another world.

Located on the outskirts of Kyoto, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest - also known as Sagano Bamboo Forest is the most famous bamboo forest in Japan . It is said to be one of the most photographed places in Kyoto, and perhaps also one of the best. Tall bamboo trees cover the sky, green all year round, creating a fresh yet breathtaking scene that you can encounter in any season.


Arashiyama bamboo groveThe Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is known for its rich bamboo stalks located in the Arashiyama Mountains


In a large area, millions of bamboo trees rise, creating a spectacular view. The green, quiet forest is like a world completely separate from the bustling life.


Introduction to Kyoto Japan Bamboo Forest

One of the most attractive tourist attractions of Kyoto city . This area is considered one of the most amazing forests in Japan. Since the Heian period (794-1185), the Japanese have chosen this place as their favorite vacation spot.

Bamboo is a very powerful plant and it plays an important role in Japanese culture . It is a symbol of prosperity, purity and innocence. The Japanese also use bamboo as materials for handicrafts such as baskets, bags, chairs, cups.


Arashiyama bamboo forest is surrounded by countless bamboos, making you feel lost in another world. Surrounded by immense bamboo, making you feel lost in another world.


The beauty of this emerald bamboo grove attracts not only visitors but also Kyoto's finest artisans who craft souvenirs and everyday items from the tree. . Various products such as baskets, coasters and chopsticks holders are made from rows of smooth, rounded stalks that have been harvested and are available at the numerous small shops along Arashiyama's main street.


The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a surreal and wonderful experience. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a surreal and wonderful experience.


The Kyoto Bamboo Forest is open 24/7 and there is no entrance fee. However, if you want to visit the nearby Tenryū-ji Temple, you will have to pay an entrance fee of JPY 500. The temple is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm.


Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is very popular with touristsArashiyama Bamboo Forest is very popular with tourists


The fastest way to reach the bamboo forest from Kyoto is by train. You will have to get off at Saga-Arashiyama station and from there you will have to walk another 10 minutes to reach the forest. Going from Kyoto will cost about 240 JPY and take about 20 minutes. This beautiful 20-minute train winds its way along the Hozugawa River from Kameoka Station to Saga Station. During cherry blossom season, this railway journey is one of the most beautiful in Japan . The Sagano Scenic Railway operates from March 1 to December 29, so be sure to book in advance if you're visiting Kyoto during this time.


Explore bamboo forests and listen to the early morning sounds of nature.  - Arashiyama Bamboo ForestExplore bamboo forests and listen to the early morning sounds of nature.


Arashiyama is a popular tourist destination in Japan so it's usually very crowded and you often have to queue at the attractions. The busiest times are usually in the afternoons, weekends or holidays. The peak tourist season in the Arashiyama bamboo forest is in early April and November every year, which corresponds to the cherry blossom season and autumn.

For a great photo session at the bamboo forest, you should come here early in the morning. There are fewer visitors and the weather is cooler in the summer.


Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is one of the most photogenic and fascinating placesArashiyama Bamboo Forest is one of the most photogenic and fascinating places


The entrance to the Arashiyama bamboo forest is a short walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station, and the forest path winds up the hillside with better views of the forest at every corner. Along the way, you'll have the chance to see and photograph traditional Japanese houses, independent shops and small eateries, far away from the noisy crowds.

During December, you should visit Arashiyama bamboo forest at night because the illuminated paths and bamboo forest look fanciful and dreamy. This festival of lights is called Arashiyama Hanatouro lights and it only runs in December for about 10 days, from 5pm to 8:30pm.


Things to do in Arashiyama

Explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest : Walking along the bamboo forest trail is a wonderful experience. The main route extends about 600m from Nonomiya Jinja Shrine, crossing north to Tenryuji Temple.

Apart from the free main road, there is a smaller road for rickshaws and you can experience the beautiful scenery around the Japanese bamboo forest .


Trail for rickshaws - Arashiyama Bamboo ForestTrail for trailers


Temple Tour: In addition to the iconic bamboo forest, Arashiyama also attracts visitors with the temples and shrines surrounding the famous bamboo forest area.

Nonomiya Shrine : An interesting place to visit in Arashiyama is Nonomiya Shrine, a Shinto shrine known for its spiritual experiences. Many unmarried women come here and pray for love.


Nonomiya Shrine - Arashiyama Bamboo ForestNonomiya Shrine


Tenryuji Temple: Just outside the Arashiyama bamboo forest  is the nearly 700-year-old Tenryuji Temple, one of the five great temples of Kyoto, Japan. Tenryuji Temple was built in 1339, during the Muromachi period (1338 - 1573) and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


Tenryuji Temple - Arashiyama Bamboo ForestTenryuji Temple


Okochi Sanso Garden Teahouse : Unlike other top attractions, you'll get a cup of traditional matcha green tea with your Okochi Sanso admission ticket. As you begin to walk through the gardens, you will see the Okochi Sanso teahouse. You can hang out in the teahouse then sit anywhere and then hand over your green tea ticket so you can get your tea and Japanese sweets. If you sit indoors, you will have a view of the bamboo trees as you drink your tea!


Okochi Sanso Garden Teahouse - Arashiyama Bamboo ForestOkochi Sanso Garden Teahouse vs Japanese Garden


Matcha tea and cake included in the admission ticket - Arashiyama Bamboo ForestMatcha tea and cake included in the admission ticket


Adashino-Nembutsu-Ji Temple : This lovely temple has 8000 Buddhist statues and a small bamboo grove in the back. Because it's quite remote, not many people come here, which makes the shrine a perfect spot if you like to get away from the crowds in  the Arashiyama bamboo forest.


Adashino-Nembutsu-Ji Temple - Arashiyama Bamboo ForestAdashino-Nembutsu-Ji . Shrine


Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji Temple:  If you're willing to walk for a while, away from the Arashiyama bamboo groves , you'll be rewarded with the most beautiful Arashiyama temple in the area! Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji is a secluded Buddhist temple home to more than 1200 moss-covered rakan. Rakan is a stone statue representing the disciples of Buddha.


Chù a Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji --Rừng tre Arashiyama
Chù a Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji
The zen beauty of Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji Temple - Arashiyama Bamboo ForestThe zen beauty of the Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji . temple


By circling the streets of Kyoto, visiting temples and relaxing in some of the most impressive Japanese gardens , a photographer can easily create a ravishing photo gallery. Kyoto is where the Geishas roam Gion, experiencing the tea ceremony culture  and long-standing Japanese traditions still preserved.