Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

If you go to Kyoto you’ll definitely want to visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. It’s a picture worthy spot and it’s also an extremely beautiful experience.

It’s hard to describe losing yourself while you walk through the forest. It’s kind of like finding yourself in a scene from a Miyazaki movie, where you’ll never know what will appear behind the bend. Even though I have to admit that the magical experience is a little turned down by the number of tourists you’ll meet. But of course we can’t expect to be alone in one of the most photographed spots in the city!

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In Arashiyama you will also find a few temples that can be visited. First of all Tenryu-ji Temple, close to the station, is a perfect example of how the temple was built around the existing scenery, incorporating the elements with a perfect balance; you must explore its pond and garden.

Within the forest you’ll Denjiro Okochi’s estate with its spiral garden and teahouse. You can also find Seiryo-ji Temple, that houses a few National Treasures within its walls. Rakushisha is filled with stones inscribed with poems by the famous haiku poet Basho Matsuo. Nison-in Temple that until the 1800’s was one of the only four temples to conduct imperial Buddhist ceremonies. Gio-ji Temple dedicated to a dancer and lover of a military leader. Ichi no Torii instead leads to Mt. Atago and the Atago Shrine, and on the way up you can meet Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple with its 1000 Buddhist images. 

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It is possible to visit the forest also at night time, since part of the path is lit up with lanterns. The experience must be very interesting, given the already scenic location.

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-V

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the look of this place. Great shots.

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    1. Thank you so much!

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  2. Audrey says:

    The bamboo grove looks amazing. Nice pictures 👍🏻

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    1. It really is a great spot! Thank you so much ☺️

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      1. Audrey says:

        Reading your posts and looking at the photos, you have an amazing time at Kyoto. I am planning for a trip there and your posts are very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

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      2. I’m so glad they helped! Hope you have a great time and enjoy it as much as I did!

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