Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – Kyoto

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama Kyoto

Located in Western Kyoto city, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a popular destination among locals and tourists alike. Thousands of bamboo stalks have grown to enormous heights, which create one of Kyoto’s most scenic destinations, attracting photographers from all around the world. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, like the Kinkaku-ji and Fushimi-inari Taisha, are some of the most Iconic sites in Kyoto, more than likely, if you ask anyone who has been to Japan to list something they did in Kyoto, they will say they visited at least one of those attractions listed above.

One request of the people of Kyoto is that you reframe from touching, or damaging the bamboo. Historically, there has been issues with tourists engraving initials into the bamboo, effectively ruining the aesthetic of the bamboo forest. During Covid-19 lockdown, bamboo was able to recover significantly from the impact of tourists. Instead, please just take pictures here, and please do not leave your mark on the bamboo. 

Arashiyama Bamboo grove in Kyoto Prefecture near the Katsura River

The grove is a great place to unwind and relax a short time, as the walk is peaceful and easy enough for most people to do. The total time to complete the walk will about 10-20 minutes. Once you reach the end, we recommend taking a right turn and then walking along the pathway to the outlook, it provides an excellent view of a small valley village, and then a walk down the hillside will take you along a quiet stretch of pathway along the river.

Hours and Admission


Arashiyama Bamboo grove can easily be accessed from JR Saga Arashiyama Station, directly from Kyoto Station. From Kyoto Station, the trip takes about 25 minutes, costing 240JPY.

Many people believe that for the best effect of traveling through the bamboo grove, you should enter from near Tenryu-ji Temple, located mere minutes away from the Bamboo Grove.

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