Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – Kyoto | Travel Information

Arashiyama Bamboo grove in Kyoto Prefecture near the Katsura River

Located in Western Kyoto city, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a popular destination among locals and foreigners 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.

Within the bamboo grove, you can find Nonomiya Shrine, which is coloured very brightly and is hard to miss. The Shrine however is unfortunately wheelchair inaccessible due to a couple stairs right at the entrance. You may also come across a break in the grove, here you can see some of the locals houses who have their homes right near the Bamboo grove, so try not to be nosy and disturb them. For the most part, minus a few of the side buildings, the area is pretty wheelchair friendly, with just a few minor hills and slopes but shouldn’t be much of a problem. 

The forest 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

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Free
  • Average Time Spent: 10-20 Minutes


 The best way to get to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is take the train from Kyoto station to Saga-Arashiyama Station. Take exit 1 from the station and take the pathway next to the station on the right. Follow that pathway until you reach a small intersection at the end of the bend. Go straight there and keep walking until you come to the end of the road, cross the road and turn left. This Intersection as “Taisho HANANA” on the corner on the right side. The side of the building will be black, but out from you will see the name. On the other side of the road, there will be a building with Arashiyama Kohaku Dou in white lettering. Once you see those two buildings, that’s when you know when to turn. 

Once you are across the road and have made your left turn, just keep walking until you see the turn, it will be down an alleyway on your right side. Take that turn and you will be there in a matter of seconds.

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Nearby Attractions

Katsura River

The Katsura River in Kyoto is a small yet popular tourist spot in Kyoto that many stop at along the way to the Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Iwatayama Monkey Park

The Iwatayama monkey park is one of the few places around the Kansai area where people can go and see monkey’s in their natural habitat and not enclosed in a zoo.

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