Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

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  • Naeem I.
    "Unfortunately, incredibly crowded with tourists on weekends."(15 Tips)
    "Beautiful and peaceful."(7 Tips)
    Edwin S.
    "main buildings of the temple and passing through the garden"(5 Tips)
    Naina G.
    "Wonderful place, greenery, fresh air.😘😘😊"(2 Tips)
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  • Katherine
    Katherine1 week ago
  • Judith R.
    Judith RooskenSeptember 27
    Most photogenic when the sun comes up. Be there early in the morning.
  • bwamgosh
    bwamgoshSeptember 11
    Keep going, don't stop before you reach the end, there are so much more in the middle after you feel it's over
  • Gregory F.
    It's pretty cool, but an underwhelmingly short walk. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other. However, there's other nice stuff to do around it.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HughesAugust 20
    From the romantic train station head towards the cycle rental and keep going, you will see the signs and the people heading towards there
  • Sam
    SamAugust 19
    Go early to avoid the crowds (like before 0800), so you can get that great instagram shot!
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiAugust 13
    Definitely a must visit in Kyoto. Buses is better than trains getting to the grove. #11 from Kyoto to Arashiyama and vice versa.
  • Connie C.
    Peaceful and serene to walk through but tons of mosquitoes during the summer.
  • Mary
    MaryJune 23
    Great area to walk around, but wouldn't trek out just to see this.
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeJune 16
    We went through the tenryuji garden (500 yen admission) but it's a seamless transition into the bamboo grove
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Overrated. A bit of a tourist hustle with rickshaws and the like.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeJune 4
    Came here on the right timing at 5pm, cooling yet wonderful temperature to have a walk and is IG worthy shot. Only thing is too many mosquito...
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaMay 31
    Beautiful! If only it wasn't so crowded with tourists...
  • J
    JMay 28
    Go to the bamboo grove before 9 to avoid the massive crowds (the earlier the better).
  • Jelle V.
    Amazing! Just have to come really early to beat the queue (before 9am) after that almost impossible to get a picture without people on it.
  • Frankie J. 😎 G.
    One of the most unique and iconic place in Kyoto! it'a pretty short walk road, surrounded by tall cool bamboos. Remember to walk deeper until the end of the path to get better pics!
  • Nikos B.
    So many tourists... avoid cherry blossom season....
  • Ab T.
    Ab TMay 14
    Beautiful and serene place, worth a visit. Could be crowded in the afternoon but we had a pleasant stroll in the evening
  • Justin P.
    Do it for the gram if you're in the area but don't go out of your way.
  • Tai
    TaiApril 21
    Far more interesting to look at people taking selfies in the bamboo grove.
  • Marlies
    MarliesApril 11
    Very crowded, even on a rainy thuesday. But also very pretty!
  • A
    AApril 6
    Beautiful and peaceful. Shame about the sheer volume of tourists
  • Elena K.
    It's funny: I missed the needed train stop at first, found myself in Hozukyo, and the scenery over there has impressed me much more. The Grove is too crowded, especially on weekends in high season.
  • Heba .
    Heba 💜March 30
    Bamboo heaven 🎋🎋🎋
  • Joshua H.
    Go in the early morning if you want to get a shot without a billion people photobombing :)
  • Mauro O.
    Nice, walking between bambú forest. Down to the river!!
  • Puteri F.
    went here during winter so the bamboos were not striking green but nonetheless, the view along the walkway was still breathtaking... I fell in love with this place!! 😍😍😍
  • Atef C.
    Atef ChaudhuryFebruary 17
    Unmissable. Excellent for photos.
  • Piccy
    PiccyFebruary 16
    at the entrance, along the main road, there is a stall selling azuki mochi on sticks. do not miss this out. the azuki is the best that i have ever tasted. not too sweet.
  • Piccy
    PiccyFebruary 16
    arrive early (before 10am) to avoid the tour groups. walk further in after the first temple. the bamboo groves are denser and lesser rubbish from inconsiderate tourists.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CuiDecember 24, 2016
    There are certain good spots to take photos, but it's a very underwhelming attraction, unfortunately.
  • Dan M.
    Dan Mondragón SomeraDecember 16, 2016
    Beautiful and relaxing space. It can be a bit crowed at times. Go in daytime and also night time
  • Ruby 🚲 G.
    Ruby 🚲 GalanidaNovember 29, 2016
    Bike from downtown 10km one way at sunrise to avoid the crowds.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangNovember 28, 2016
    Free trail lined with bamboo groves! Come early in the morning to beat the crowds.
  • Eunmi L.
    Eunmi LeeNovember 12, 2016
    Magical place!
  • SDG
    SDGNovember 12, 2016
    Fresh air but mini-bamboo forest. Too touristy.
  • Joshefo J.
    Joshefo JacquesOctober 25, 2016
    Lovely place to hang out !
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 22, 2016
    Grab a snack from any of the delicious stands by the east entrance.
  • Souri S.
    Souri SoOctober 22, 2016
    Love the mood there, if you have time go see the monkeys next door
  • Nikita K.
    Nikita KursovOctober 17, 2016
    Hire a bike and cycle here through tranquil Kyoto streets in the morning before the crowds get in.
  • Joel G.
    Joel GoldmanOctober 8, 2016
    Get there early (like 8AM) if you don't want a crowd.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightOctober 7, 2016
    Magical views when the light is best. Come earlier to avoid crowds, as they get quite heavy.
  • Emrah H.
    Emrah HimSeptember 21, 2016
    Very peaceful place. Go there as eary as you can to avoid the stupid touristic crowd...( around 6 am:)
  • Marc U.
    Marc UKGSeptember 20, 2016
    Kinda overrated since the bamboo forest is not that big and you have to walk through it on a paved road. Avoid the big crowds by not going there on saturdays.
  • Ariane R.
    Ariane RinehartAugust 24, 2016
    Lovely walk, nice and shadey. Beautiful to be surrounded by all of the bamboo.
  • Aldona
    AldonaAugust 14, 2016
    I wish I'd checked the reviews before I went on a Saturday. So many people! Follow the signs from the station or the crowd. Don't believe peopleless pictures in your guide. It's basically a queue.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarlowAugust 11, 2016
    Beautiful bamboo forest in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto. The entire area is beautiful and worth a visit. Take the JR to Saga-Arashiyama Station, then walk a short 5-10 minutes over.
  • Naina G.
    Naina GangaAugust 3, 2016
    Wonderful place, greenery, fresh air.😘😘😊
  • Yalan W.
    Yalan WenJuly 29, 2016
    Huge bamboos, nice small trail, albeit so crowded during high season it loses in both interest and quiet.
  • Artyom F.
    Artyom FedosovJuly 28, 2016
    The best time to come is the morning on a sunny day. Grove looks gloomy at cloudy weather and usually overcrowded by tourists during the daytime.
    Upvoted Oct 16
  • Stefan M.
    Stefan MaierhoferJune 22, 2016
    Stunning scenic area and you can take nice walks around all the area. Great for escaping the busy city.
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.June 10, 2016
    Beautiful. Stroll around slowly and take some great pictures. Visit the monkey park nearby!
  • Dee G.
    Dee GrayJune 7, 2016
    Bamboo shoots are CRAZY FLUFFY.I am blown away.
  • Naeem I.
    Naeem IshaqMay 28, 2016
    Beautiful grove. Unfortunately, incredibly crowded with tourists on weekends. Try going during the week.
  • Eric
    EricMay 17, 2016
    Come early (before 8:30) on a weekday if you want a chance to experience it in peace
  • myFaveThings 7.
    myFaveThings 77April 28, 2016
    Make sure you bring a flashlight & a map if you prefer to roam a bigger part if the Bamboo Grove. 🔦 Talk with your tour group on where to meet after since there are several entry points.
  • Karolina 🐙
    Karolina 🐙April 17, 2016
    If you get there and it's raining, consider getting a ricksha.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanApril 12, 2016
    Walk around until you find the area of the grove where you can walk in between bamboo stalks. It's usually less crowded and better for picture opportunities.
  • Ty S.
    Ty SmithApril 12, 2016
    Beautiful but very very crowded.
  • Kevin E.
    Kevin ErguizaApril 5, 2016
    There's an ice cream shop before you enter. Make sure to try their roasted tea flavor!
  • Juan D.
    Juan DiezApril 2, 2016
    If you want nice pictures, arrive early. Otherwise, expect the crowds.
  • Aristotelis R.
    Aristotelis RMarch 29, 2016
    Worth the trip!
  • Shirps
    ShirpsMarch 24, 2016
    You can do the bamboo forest pretty quickly but go early if you want a photo without the crowds. The town around it is charming with lots of lovely shops.
  • Hank W.
    Hank WangMarch 19, 2016
    Too crowded,commercialize
  • Jo L.
    Jo LFebruary 9, 2016
    Beautiful but too many ppl, have to catch the shot moment very quickly otherwise you'll get a pic with a lot of crowd.
  • Julian B.
    Julian BergueiroJanuary 28, 2016
    Deception... I expected more...
  • Nawinda
    NawindaJanuary 27, 2016
    Peaceful place
  • Dave H.
    Dave HertogJanuary 14, 2016
    Worth a stop on your way to the monkeys.
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth CalkinsJanuary 6, 2016
    Don't Miss This! Very beautiful. Very peaceful.
  • Alma N.
    Alma NegreteJanuary 4, 2016
    Rent a bike! Is cheap.
  • Raphael C.
    Raphael ChanDecember 31, 2015
    Nice place to walk around.
  • Vivian K.
    Vivian KongDecember 14, 2015
    Short walk but nice to check out. Go early to avoid crowds. It gets hilly at some point so wear the right shoes.
  • Eduardo C.
    Eduardo ChristophNovember 20, 2015
    Good in the afternoon twilight!
  • Mél
    MélNovember 20, 2015
    Bamboo forest and bamboo path, of course !
  • Idioot
    IdiootNovember 19, 2015
    So crowded!!!
  • Simone M.
    Simone MirukuNovember 12, 2015
    Beautiful but not a destination on its own as it takes a short time. There are a lot of things to do around, so plan them together.
  • Teresa W.
    Teresa WOctober 27, 2015
    magical bamboo forest is worth the visit. but come before 8 to beat the crowd.
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinOctober 25, 2015
    Nice opening shot. Visit early to avoid crowds
  • Eman W.
    Eman WOctober 19, 2015
    We took our time walking until we found the place. It's hidden inside and you can't recognized it from the outside. So crowded as we came late.
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff ForbesOctober 11, 2015
    Ok. Like Fushimi-Inari you're gonna want to get up really early so you can enjoy it before the buses show up. Maybe .5 mi long, but totally worth it!
  • koray o.
    koray ozdilOctober 6, 2015
    Magical green of the bamboo forrest.
  • Jordi L.
    Jordi LlobetSeptember 26, 2015
    Very nice walk. I recommend the "love train" through the mountains. Also, easy walk to the monkeys from that point.
  • Lan H.
    Lan HuynhSeptember 20, 2015
    Very crowded - do yourself a favor and check out the okouchi villa at the end of the garden to get away from the tourists.
  • Ashley Q.
    Ashley QuaileSeptember 15, 2015
    Beautiful walking trail
  • Peter T.
    Peter ToSeptember 9, 2015
    If you don't see anyone walking with you, you're going the wrong way!
  • Reem
    ReemSeptember 6, 2015
    The nature is stunning, bamboo forests surround you😍 It was amazing.
  • Valerio F.
    Valerio FalluccaAugust 16, 2015
    Magic walk in Kyoto. Best time to visit is early in the morning. No photo will actually reproduce the atmosphere you will experience
  • Karen A.
    Karen AnaíJuly 31, 2015
    Definitely prepare for the mosquitoes!
  • Erick
    ErickJuly 27, 2015
    In love of this place
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 22, 2015
    Some have said that stepping into this forest is like stepping into another world. It is one of the most beautiful & photographed places in Kyoto, despite only having one main path through the grove.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SJuly 16, 2015
    Amazing. You have to come here if you visit Kyoto. So far this is definitely my favorite place.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJuly 8, 2015
    Once you go past the main garden and temple, you will arrive at the Bamboo Grove. It gets very crowded, but once you get past the main route the crowd lessens.
  • jansen c.
    jansen cJune 24, 2015
    A must visit in Kyoto, avoid the weekend crowd
  • Sabino D.
    Sabino DiazMay 20, 2015
    Arrive early to avoid crowd
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartMay 6, 2015
    Make sure to continue walking past the temple's garden exit and you'll stumble onto the Bamboo grove, which then leads back to the main road.
  • Neil C.
    Neil CartyApril 18, 2015
    A must visit. Get here early to get your Zen on.
  • ILYA S.
    ILYA SPEKHOVApril 10, 2015
    Rent kimonos and take pictures here. Fantastic place. Make sure not to miss nearby park.
  • Jeanette Y.
    Jeanette YuenApril 5, 2015
    Absolutely magical - a must see in Kyoto. It's a bit far out, about a 30 min train ride on the JR to Arashiyama, but well worth it. There are also some great little shops & restaurants in Arashiyama.
  • Hanna M.
    Hanna ModApril 2, 2015
    You have to wait a bit to get a shot without large tourist groups.
  • Victoria G.
    Victoria GonzalezMarch 2, 2015
    Beautiful! A must see!
  • ブルーノ
    ブルーノJanuary 23, 2015
    Beautiful place if you need a break from Kyoto temples. Come early as it can get very crowded. The visit won't take too long so later you can head to Arashimaya town and have a nice lunch there.
  • Nikita K.
    Nikita KorotaevJanuary 18, 2015
    Bamboo in snow. Worth a walk. Get shoes that can survive that.
  • YL
    YLDecember 7, 2014
    Not impressive
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LeDecember 5, 2014
    Nice place to walk around but can get very crowded. I liked walking around the street nearby because there are a lot of shops and restaurants
  • Chen U.
    Chen UjDecember 5, 2014
    Enjoy silent bamboo forest ,featured local foods and merchandise
  • Ricardo L.
    Ricardo LageNovember 21, 2014
    Looks like never land... Simply amazing!!! Must visit .
  • Olgi M.
    Olgi MolnarNovember 1, 2014
    Beautiful in every way
  • etta y.
    etta yOctober 6, 2014
    Beautiful but best to build into a larger itinerary of the Arashiyama area. It's literally just a short, crowded path through a not-so-big grove so it's not a destination on its own.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Mark P.
    Mark PenderSeptember 6, 2014
    This was a bit of a let down. I expected the Bamboo forest to be much bigger. Lots of tourists and nice area, just keep your expectations in check.
  • Hampus A.
    Hampus AnderssonAugust 6, 2014
    Just amazing! You won't regret taking the walk to this place.
  • YiCha L.
    YiCha LiJune 28, 2014
    very beautiful place
  • Tereza H.
    Tereza HykováJune 25, 2014
    Go there early, the number of tourists makes it impossible to take a nice picture
  • BretLs
    BretLsApril 18, 2014
    Japan has been one incredible sight after another! Don't miss this.
  • Nayef A.
    Nayef Al-MansouriApril 7, 2014
    Amazing place
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelMarch 28, 2014
    Beautiful to walk through. When the wind blows, the bamboo makes the most incredible rustling noise.
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    I rescued several pandas from captivity years ago and released them here. I hear they’re doing great.
  • Maia W.
    Maia WailanaDecember 23, 2013
    Kyoto is bikeable and maybe the best transport to enjoy all the hidden treasures like Kitasaga bamboo grove and the many temples closeby.
  • Edwin S.
    Edwin ShaoDecember 18, 2013
    After seeing the main buildings of the temple and passing through the garden you will come to the northern gate of the complex and enter Arashiyama's famous bamboo forest. Read more
  • Steph S.
    Steph ShyuDecember 17, 2013
    For 2 weeks in December, illuminated magnificence.
  • T Pain
    T PainJune 23, 2013
    Bamboo gets better a bit in so you need at least 2 hours to enjoy this hike properly. Stunning outdoor area though and nice and shady :)
  • Wan C.
    Wan ChenDecember 20, 2012
    Go on hanataro when they light them at night, for an other experience
  • Jules H.
    Jules HughanOctober 20, 2012
    Explore the bamboo trail and see where it leads you.
  • Liana
    LianaMay 25, 2012
    It's a short walk but it's worth the trip up to Arashiyama. The bamboo is beautiful and blue.
  • Art H.
    Art HJMay 21, 2012
    heard the bamboo forest in damyang, julla province in korea is better
  • Javila
    JavilaOctober 17
    Muy pequeño y seco en verano. Decepciona bastante. No se si se puede llamar bosque.
  • Nacho G.
    Sitio muy bonito; lástima la gran cantidad de turistas. Pero claro, qué quieres. ;-)
  • Nnkoji
    NnkojiDecember 30, 2016
  • Paco P.
    Paco PalaNovember 10, 2016
    La fameuse bambouseraie de Kyoto vaut vraiment le détour, ne serait-ce que par sa position excentrée, dans une presque-campagne. Malgré l'affluence (relative), le lieu conserve un peu de magie.
  • Dmitriy R.
    Dmitriy RaudinOctober 7, 2016
    Не знаю что особенного в этом лесу, это и лесом то назвать трудно. Тут только одна дорога до отказа заполненная людьми.
  • Marco G.
    Marco GalantinJuly 16, 2016
    Cercate di venire assolutamente la mattina presto per godere un po'di pace..dalle 10 in poi c'è ressa
  • photomuzik
    photomuzikJuly 1, 2016
  • Steve T.
    Steve TsutsumiJune 13, 2016
  • 佐天 涙.
    佐天 涙子June 8, 2016
    ~♪ 京都嵯峨野に吹く風は~ 愛の・・・
  • Olga M.
    Olga MarinJune 4, 2016
    Supongo que la magia que vé la gente está en las temporadas no turísticas. En mayo ya está abarrotado de turistas que sólo buscan la foto..
  • Mym
    MymApril 18, 2016
    Hay que ir pronto para evitar tumultos. Es un paseo exótico y pueden salir fotos muy buenas
  • Talal
    TalalApril 18, 2016
    المكان جميل وائع وحولة نشاطات كثيرة انصح بركوب عربة Rickahaw واستكشاف المنطقة المحيطة
  • Alvaro O.
    Alvaro OntiverosApril 5, 2016
    Vale la pena el viaje, deben de recorrer todos los pasillos y no intenten entrar a los cementerios
  • Fabio T.
    Fabio TatibanaMarch 28, 2016
    Um bom lugar para caminhar. A trilha dos bambus é bem bonita, vale o passeio.
  • みゅんへん
    みゅんへんDecember 25, 2015
  • Kyu K.
    Kyu KimNovember 22, 2015
    너무 사람이 많아서.. 생각했던것만큼 아름답지 않았다. 흐린날이라 도 좀 무섭고.. 햇빛 잘 드는 날 사람 없을때 가기를 권합니다.
  • Duane M.
    Duane MezaNovember 10, 2015
    No es bueno ir en la noche!!
  • jesbrit
    jesbritNovember 3, 2015
    Las fotos no le hacen mérito, recomiendo ir temprano cuando hay menos turistas
  • G∑Ω®ϑ€
    G∑Ω®ϑ€August 22, 2015
    Precioso. Increíble. No se lo pierdan.
  • Nao
    NaoAugust 13, 2015
  • Christophe F.
    A faire avec le soleil le levé du soleil le matin, les rayons dans les bambous donne un éclairage incroyable !
  • papecco2017
    papecco2017February 1, 2015
    京都の冬は寒いのに ここは更に寒い((⛄))
  • しょうたろー
    しょうたろーDecember 22, 2014
  • Carlos Á.
    Increíble lugar, enigmático e indispensable pasear por el.
  • Tomas B.
    Tomas BethensJune 4, 2014
    Обязательно возьмите велосипед на прокат, а то надо слишком много ходить
  • Pongsak L.
  • Giselle S.
    Giselle SimioliFebruary 20, 2014
    Muito longe,porém bonito. Se vc nao estiver com muito tempo ,não se arrisque.
  • inatish
    inatishOctober 5, 2013
    渡月橋からは、ソフトクリーム180円の店のところの小路から行くことができます。 Read more
  • Nansky G.
    Nansky G.September 14, 2013
    Sitio increíble...eso si es difícil salir solo en una foto que esta lleno siempre
  • hasshiy
    hasshiyJune 16, 2013
  • ㅤ
    May 2, 2011
    通称「竹林の道」 涼しげな場所です
  • celeste
    celesteFebruary 12, 2011
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