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The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove: experience the quiet, tranquil side of Japan

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Nalynn Dolan Caine |
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Japan   A great change of pace from your typical sightseeing day in Kyoto

Arashiyama is the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto filled with temples and shrines, but the star attraction is the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

Arashiyama has been a favorite location of imperial and noble villas and temples from the days of classical Japan and bamboo was a popular element in the gardens of these villas.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is really two separate bamboo groves, both of which are sandwiched between Tenryu-ji Temple grounds and the JR Sagano-Saiin line train tracks. The combined length is about 500 meters, and the grove is about 140 meters wide.

The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. And when the light filters through the grove at the right angle, it creates a truly magical atmosphere.

A leisurely stroll through this magic forest easily become a one-hour photogenic trek. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is definitively one of those Places To See Before You Die.


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