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Arashiyama, Kyoto

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For centuries a source of respite and escape, Arashiyama offers a glimpse of natural beauty outside of Kyoto. The district has a variety of outdoor activities: visit the Japanese macaques in the monkey park, or take a rowboat out onto the lake. Don't miss the bamboo grove, a gentle uphill trail through densely packed stalks, ending at a historic imperial villa and its surrounding landscaped gardens. To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The bamboo forest is a unique and beautiful place. BUT, if I am to be honest, that is probably about it for me. Take some obligatory photos and there is not much else for me beyond that. 
    The bamboo forest is a unique and beautiful place. BUT, if I am to be honest, that is probably about it for me. Take some obligatory photos and there is not much else for me beyond that.  more »
  • We found this ok, but not fantastic. The Bamboo Grove isn’t particularly big and had quite a crowd. Frankly it felt like it was set up for the Instagram crew to all get their pic’s. We liked the... 
    We found this ok, but not fantastic. The Bamboo Grove isn’t particularly big and had quite a crowd. Frankly it felt like it was set up for the Instagram crew to all get their pic’s. We liked the...  more »
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  • A must visit if you are touring Kyoto. Easy access by rail or bus. Beautiful scenery starts at the river before you get to the Main Street. Lots of Temples and trails nearby. Too much food to comprehend.
  • 1 of the top 5 highlights in Kyoto, and beautiful year round, this bamboo forest is easily one of the best sights in all of Japan. The Arashiyama area is surrounded by Buddhist and Shinto shrines as well as wonderful traditional Japanese neighborhoods with shops and vendors to sell foods and souvenirs. TIP: Take the JR line from Kyoto Station, and be prepared to spend a whole day in the beautiful outskirts of Kyoto. WINTER RECOMMENDATION: If you are in Japan in December, make a visit to this location. 10-19 December (from 1700-2030 hrs) the lantern festival illuminates this forest into a magical/otherworldly environment to feast your eyes (and Instagram 😅) upon. You might also get to witness snowfall coat the bamboo forest in yet more beauty.

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