Bamboo Forest Street
Bamboo Forest Street
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Neighborhood: 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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  • Sivan M
    Dallas, Texas494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walk with cool pictures
    The walk was really short and there was also a shrine nearby to visit. Be sure to bring good walking shoes, water, and a good camera. The view is nice and just another place you can take kimono pictures.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 19, 2023
  • amooafshin
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Symbol of Japan
    With a lot of effort, we managed to find the bamboo park. Entrance to this park is free, but it is one of the most crowded places I encountered during my trip to Japan. Everyone wants to take pictures on the way of the bamboos and they complain that others want to do the same and as a result disturb their photography. When the wind shakes the long bamboo stems, strange sounds can be heard from inside the bamboo grove. In Japanese culture, bamboo is used to produce products such as baskets, cups, boxes, and mats, and you can see the image of bamboo in most of the old paintings. One hour is enough to wander around this area. Be sure to remember that there is no parking around this place.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 12, 2023
  • BLT1991
    Toano, Virginia798 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit over hyped
    Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed the walk in the grove, but it had really been hyped in the guide books. It was certainly bustling with visitors and picture takers. And it was certainly worth a visit if you are on that side of Kyoto. There were several local artists selling their product along the walk which was interesting. You can also hire a rickshaw that will take you along a separate path in the grove. It’s a short walk from Tenryu-ji temple.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Stefanie H
    Lincoln, Nebraska1,644 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short walk
    It seems that everyone comes to Arashiyama for the bamboo grove; however, it is just one of the attractions in the area. It is fairly small and a little hard to find, but it is near the train station. We went at sunset as we were leaving the area and encountered very few people.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Pasi J
    Espoo, Finland67 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slightly underwhelming, really
    Clearly the most pointless bit of our Kyoto experience. Hardly magical, hardly mystical, very touristy. As a disclamer, being Finns we might be a bit privileged: we do have plenty of tall, slim forests practically next door, so this simply failed to impress us. Perhaps the experience is better at some other hour and/or during some other season?
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Cakesx2
    Melbourne, Australia417 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hardly worth the trek
    We squeezed onto a train with hundreds of other people looking for the magnificent bamboo grove. When we found it it was underwhelming. 100m of nice grove. The rest is just the lead up. Good for a pic or two. The crowds are incredibly dense. Would not bother unless you have a few hours to kill and it’s nice weather. If you have any claustrophobia avoid the trains.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • BlessedAloy
    Singapore, Singapore77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early and include the rickshaw experience
    Try to go early if you want to take nice picture without the crowd. Do consider the rickshaw experience. I did the 45 mins route and the guide brought is round the neighbour and provided good introduction to the place. Worth the price.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Lauren M
    Torrance, California145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bamboo Forest
    We stayed one night in Arashiyama, and it was short walk from our hotel. It does not take long to complete the walk and was easy to incorporate into the schedule. In fact, we went twice. We walk through upon arrival around 2 pm and understandably, it was crowded. However, it was fairly easy to take people out of the pictures as most of the tourists were considerate and abundance of the bamboos helped. Also, we tried to take in and enjoy the scenery rather than focusing on the perfect pictures. Since jet-lugged, we went back early in the morning next day. With just handful of folks, it was definitely more relaxing.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Brown
    Tokyo, Japan70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking in the bamboo Grove
    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Sunlight filtering through the tall bamboo It's a little bit dark even sunny day. It's crowded, I recommend to ride in a rickshaw for special bamboo path! 背の高い竹がまっすぐ天に向かって伸びています。お天気でも薄暗く、木漏れ日が心地よいです。人が多かったけど、人力車専用竹林の道があるので、人力車お勧めです!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 7, 2023
  • Oktawiusz O
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bamboo Forest - Saga-Arashiyama/Kyoto
    Stepping into the bamboo forest of Kyoto in the morning feels like entering a mystical realm straight out of a fairytale. The sheer height of the bamboo stalks, illuminated by the morning light, creates a mesmerizing atmosphere. If you’re journeying from Tokyo, the optimal route involves taking the metro from Shinjuku Station to Tokyo Station (4 stops), followed by a swift Shinkansen ride to Kyoto (2 hours and 8 minutes). Once in Kyoto, a quick 18-minute train ride to Saga-Arashiyama gets you closer to the forest. From there, the final kilometer can be traversed by a jinrikisha, a traditional Japanese rickshaw, offering a charming and picturesque journey to the bamboo forest. This experience evokes a sense of tranquility and wonder, making the morning the best time to visit this captivating attraction in Kyoto.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 11, 2023
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Lachiesnow
Brisbane, Australia123 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Complete tourist trap, made salvageable by the gorgeous Okochi Sanso Gardens on the other side. You can choose to join the masses waddling through a five minute stretch of ordinary bamboo, or you can head to one of Kyotos thousands of more attractive, less crowded spots
Written April 15, 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,148 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It's quite remarkable that a relatively small alley with tall bamboo stalks can be a veritable tourist magnet. You wade through crowds of other tourists armed with ready smartphones, trying to get a good shot of some quite ordinary, 10-meter tall bamboo.

Perhaps you'll be fine with the concept, but honestly, I felt a bit silly.
Written April 14, 2024
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia739 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Get there early, we arrived before seven and it was already crowded. It is a short trail through a Bamboo garden with a small temple half way. We walked off the trail just to get away from the crowd. I much preferred Paying to enter the Tenryuji Temple Garden.
Written April 5, 2024
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Emilie
Copenhagen, Denmark5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It is just a bamboo lane behind a temple on the sleepy outskirts of Kyoto, yet complete overcrowded with tourists all over the place. Do yourself a favor and skip this tourist trap 🪤
Written March 23, 2024
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njoy_travelling
San Diego, CA86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Extremely crowded if you go after 8am. You will keep bumping into people every step of the way. Forget about taking pictures with no one in the background. The place itself is amazing with tall bamboo trees, but the crowd ruins the place. People were shouting and making so much noise that it takes away the serenity of the area. Don't go unless you make it before 8am or after 5pm.
Written March 6, 2024
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Sue B
Isle of Man, UK357 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited very early one morning to avoid the crowds around 8am and it soon got busy... by 9am it was crowded.

It was a bit underwhelming as the actual forest is not that large, and we were surprised at this as we expected a lot more..

Bit of a tourist trap with the streets adjacent to the forest full of junk gift shops and expensive cafes..
Written March 3, 2024
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Single Mum Travels
Canberra, Australia190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We arrived around 11am and we beat the crowds, it was so quiet in there apart from the bamboo knocking on each other in the wind. We got some great photos in here.
Written February 27, 2024
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA1,963 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Famous bamboo forest of Arashiyama hardly had any visitors on the rainy morning of our visit. Perhaps a dozen of so visitors were there that morning. Otherwise we been told the place would be packed. The walking trail through the grove was closed due to heavy rain and mud that day. Most visitors probably can walk through the entire area in approximately one hour and it’s free. We’ve been to another bamboo forest in Japan so this wasn’t a big deal.
Written February 19, 2024
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Wags1963
Melbourne, Australia105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Great place, super busy and just nice to meander through the forest on a leisurely walk. It was super busy being NY holiday period but bearable
Written January 16, 2024
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Linda
Hanc, France238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
It is a place to visit although when arrived a bit disappointed. It can be very busy so taking the magic panoramic photo can be difficult.
Written January 13, 2024
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