Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
A breath of still and otherworldly air.
Despite being one of the city’s top attractions, the mystical bamboo path at Arashiyama is a great change of pace from your typical sightseeing day in Kyoto.
While the 500 meter path generously accommodates both pedestrians and bicyclists, a leisurely stroll could easily become a one-hour trek— a very, very photogenic one. Start from Tenryuji Temple and make your way to the far end of the forest at Nonomiya Shrine; walking beneath the towering emerald stalks, you’ll find yourself in a trance.
The beauty of this emerald bamboo grove captures not only the attention of camera-clutching travelers, but also Kyoto’s best artisans who handcraft souvenirs and everyday items from this versatile wood. Various products such as baskets, coasters, and chopstick rests are made from harvested rows of ringed, smooth stems available from a treasure trove of small shops that line Arashiyama’s main street.
There are countless bicycle rental shops within walking distance of Hankyu Arashiyama Station, and if you happen to change your mind mid-stroll, there’s even a rental shop in the forest. Feeling a bit touristy? Put a rickshaw ride on your itinerary.