Finally Seeing Kyoto’s Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Well I’d thought of doing a Expectation-vs-Reality kind of post for Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto, but I guess you should have seen enough of those. It’s a fact that Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is very famous and plenty of people flock to visit it, especially during the cherry blossom season and during autumn (Nov). I went in Dec, on a cloudy day. The crowds were not overwhelming, until darkness descended (read till the end for the reason!).

Arashiyama • The Petite WanderessVisiting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove • The Petite WanderessThe route to the bamboo grove was pretty normal, and then suddenly, the entrance to the bamboo grove just appeared. For its famed name, the way I reached was rather unassuming, though not implied in any negative manner.

We have arrived,
at the famous bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Visiting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove • The Petite Wanderess Visiting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove • The Petite WanderessVisiting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove • The Petite Wanderess
There was a general air of quietness inside the bamboo grove; no one’s speaking loudly, perhaps an effect of being surrounded by creations of nature that are way bigger than us. It was a day of gloomy weather. With no bright sunlight directly illuminating the bamboo trees, the entire place gave a rather imposing mood.

For centuries, the bamboo is used for the manufacturing of different products, including mats, boxes and baskets.Visiting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove • The Petite WanderessIt was coincidentally the first night that Hanatorou festival was to take place – an annual festival of lights where an approximately 5km route is lit by open-air lanterns and flower arrangements in the bamboo grove, some temples and along historical cultural places of the Saga Arayashiyama area. 

Just as quickly as we got into the bamboo grove, we were out of it, onwards to Jōjakukō-ji Temple.

I will write about Hanatorou soon (update, view the post here!). Meanwhile, you can have a sneak preview via this photo below:

Visiting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove • The Petite Wanderess

(Check out my other Kamakura blogpost where I featured another bamboo garden!)


Visited: Dec 2015
Location: Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku (右京区嵐山)
Hours: Always open
Admission Fees: Free
The bamboo grove is a 10min walk from Saga Arashiyama Station (JR Sagano line) or a 15min walk from Arashiyama Station (Henkyu railway)
More information about Arashiyama and Sagano 
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  1. Your photos are beautiful, great job capturing an often crowded place. I’m jealous you were there during the light festival. When I visited the first time I ended up in there during the pitch black night and it was quite ominous!!!

    1. Thank you Ashley! I’m glad to see your comment! The bamboo forest area actually felt quite ominous despite the lights (there were blue lights too). Did you still go in despite the darkness??

  2. Japan is always incredible when it comes to lantern festivals. It’s one of the things I miss the most about it! I loved Arashiyama when I went, but I only saw it during the day. It looks just as stunning at night!

    1. Hi Gina! Japan is such an amazing place with the things they come up with! I felt incredibly lucky to be in Kyoto that week of that certain light festival too =) Will be featuring Hanatouro light festival in one of the next few posts, hope you will like it too!

  3. I love this! This place looks awesome, i am going to Japan next year so i am looking to get the most out of my trip! Kyoto is definitely on the list 🙂

    1. Yay! It took me very long to finally get to Kyoto because the yen was so strong last few years until it finally went down last year, cos the bullet train would have cost a lot! So glad to see Kyoto! Have fun for your next trip to Japan, yay!

  4. Wow this is beautiful. How lucky are you to have visited such a stunning place. I personally have not been beyond Tokyo, but I am planning a trip. I have heard Kyoto is an absolute must, and I can see why. This is definitely going on my list! Thank you for sharing. Will pin!

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