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The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto!

This video is titled "Arashiyama Bamboo Forest|the Voices of the Wind and Fresh Greenery Dancing Towards the Heavens|Kyoto・Arashiyama. (Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto Japan) Sagano|Healing Landscape, Healing, a Sketch of Sounds #16 / Ryuju." It introduces the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Sagano (嵯峨野, Sagano), Arashiyama, in Kyoto City (京都市, Kyoto-Shi), Kyoto (京都府,Kyoto-Fu), in the Kansai region (関西地方, Kansai-Chiho) of Japan.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a path from Okochi Sanso Villa in Sagano (嵯峨野, Sagano), in the Ukyo-Ward (右京区, Ukyo-Ku) of Kyoto, to Nonomiya Shrine.
As you can see from 0:18 in the video, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is roughly 400 meters long, and this refined site is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
You can see the fresh greenery of the bamboo forest, along with soothing music.
It's also called "Bamboo Grove." Togetsukyo-Bridge and Katsura River (桂川, Katsura-Gawa) are also within walking distance of the forest.

Events at the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Image of Kyoto・Arashiyama Hanatouro
Photo:Kyoto・Arashiyama Hanatouro

Every winter at the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, a special night-time illumination event called "Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro" is held.
Here, you can enjoy a beautiful night view of the Bamboo Forest lit up at night.

For access to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, we recommend the route from Tenryuji Temple to the North Gate where Nomiya Shrine is located.
Since there is no parking, we recommend going by train.

The Sagano Romantic Train

Image of the Sagano Romantic Train
Photo:Sagano Romantic Train

The Sagano Romantic Train is a sightseeing train in Arashiyama, which was reconstructed from a defunct railroad and was reborn as a new tourist attraction in the area.

It runs along the Hozu River (保津川, Hozu-Gawa) from "Torokko Kameoka Station," which is close to Umahori Station on the JR West San'in Main Line, to "Torokko Saga Station via Torokko Arashiyama Station where the bamboo forest is located.
The train operates from 9:00 A.M.
Check the official Sagano Scenic Railway website for a detailed schedule.

Dining in Arashiyama, Kyoto

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Photo:Arashiyama, Kyoto・Croquette

There are many restaurants and places to grab lunch in Arashiyama. We'll introduce a few below.
The most popular and classic food are the croquettes from Nakamuraya Shop. The croquettes from Shop Arashiyama Tanaka are also reasonably priced and we recommend them as well.

Yuba-suki croquettes are also available at Yoshiya Arashiyama Honten. You won't be able to find them anywhere else.
Saga Tofu Ine is a restaurant offering tofu dishes, yuba soup, and yuba donuts. As for dessert, Shinpachi Chaya sells authentic gelato, which won third place in the Gelato World Tour.

Besides these, there are a number of delicious treats perfect for your Instagram, and as gifts. For example, the upside-down soft serve ice cream from Kyozuan!

Sightseeing in the Arashiyama Area

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In addition to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, there are many more sightseeing spots in Arashiyama as well.
The most famous is Arashiyama Onsen (Hot spring).
There is also a footbath near Arashiyama Station, so you can soak your legs and feet in a shallow hot spring bath to rid yourself of the fatigue from your travels.

Another activity you can enjoy in Arashiyama is dressing up as a maiko in kimono and going sightseeing!
You can dress up as a maiko for 2 hours and experience what Arashiyama was like in the Heian Period (794-1185 AD).
The rickshawsin Arashiyama can also take you around the surrounding area, to places such as Togetsukyo-Bridge and Okochi Sanso Villa.

The god of marriage and childbirth is enshrined at Nomiya Shrine, and there is also a power spot called Okameishi (Turtle Rock). It is said that if you rub this turtle-shaped stone while praying, your wish will be granted within a year. We also recommend checking out other tourist sites, such as the Kimono Forest, Daikakuji Temple, the "Rinsen Style Garden" (a strolling garden incorporating ponds and hills), Jojakkoji Temple, and Hozugawa River Boat Ride.

Summary of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

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Photo:Arashiyama, Kyoto・Bamboo Grove

Did you enjoy reading about the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and other surround points of interest?
Aside from the beautiful scenery of the bamboo grove, there are many other sightseeing spots in Arashiyama. Be sure to bring a map when you come and visit the beautiful bamboo groves of Kyoto and experience the history of Japan!

【Tripadvisor】Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

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Last Updated : Sep. 20, 2020
山本 孝(Takashi Yamamoto)
I've been a writer for seven years. I write articles on travel, food, and history.
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