A mesmerizing site, a place of awe-inspiring natural scenery and mystical soaring stalks of bamboo, one of the most popular, photographed sights in the city of Kyoto.
The iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest with towering stalks of bamboo, is one of the most beautiful and serene places in the Arashiyama district, Kyoto in Japan. Arashiyama is the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto. It’s filled with temples and shrines, but the star attraction is the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
The natural forest area of the bamboo grove is permeated by walking paths, bordered by fallen bamboo handrails. When the wind blows, the moving images exuding a tranquil atmosphere, the true charm of these forests. At night, the paths are illuminated with colored lights.
Beyond the bamboo forest path, are myriad shrines. The Tenryu-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the five major temples of Kyoto. At the end of the Bamboo Forest trail, sits Okochi-Sanso Villa, once the home of the late silent film star, Denjiro Okochi.
The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Tenryu-ji temple and Okochi-Sanso Villa may be the stars of the area, but the entire Arashiyama district is worth exploring.