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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. Our Kyoto tour planner makes visiting Arashiyama and other Kyoto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It was raining when we went in the bamboo forest, but it was still clearly worth the effort. High fine bamboo trees. You don't have to go all the way. Suffice it well with some hundred metres.
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  • From the pictures I've seen prior to visiting, I had a very expectation for this place, however, quite disappointed that the Sagano road of bamboo forest is barely a short stretch walk from one end to...  more »
  • It is pretty big and accessible by train. Recommend going earlier in the morning to avoid crowds and just nice leave when shops open and you can snack on some food. It is a should visit when you go to...  more »
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  • Bamboo forest itself is gorgeous albeit small, but by 11am the entire place is swarmed with obnoxiously loud tourists. There are some decent periphery sites like a temple for 400Y or a garden for 1000Y. The garden was worth it for me because it was both good and because most of the tourists ran out of money buying trinkets and trash at the entrance so it was very serene (you also get a free tea at the nice tea house inside). I recommend coming to the forest early in the morning. PS the bamboo forest isn't actually here it's 20min walk North of this point on the other side of the river.
  • the bamboo forest, it's a nice 20 minutes walk, not as long as I imagined. I was also at the monkey park, there's upscale walk and air conditioning room at the end. the monkeys are at the top of the hill, you can also feed them (costs 100 yen to buy the food). nice experience.
  • Nice temple complex, lots of shopping, old style buildings and streets, a bamboo grove, and a mountain with wild monkeys; there are a fair number of things you can do in this place. You can easily spend a full day here and probably should plan on it if you're making a detour here from Kyoto. The bamboo grove is a little plain and you can find similar temples and shopping elsewhere (though perhaps not as nice). The mountain in particular is worth checking out if you want to see wild Japanese monkeys with a little nature and a nice view to boot.
  • The bamboo forest is just a busy small park with bamboos. It is only beautiful because of great photographers. The bridge is just a bridge, nothing special. The monkey park is 550 yen and it is not natural habitat. The whole area is a tourist trap. Avoid.
  • The bamboo path was beautiful. I went through tenryu-ji temple and exited through their gate which led to the most beautiful part of the bamboo path. But take note that you have to pay 500 yen to enter the temple. Or you can walk outside and go directly to the path without going through the temple so you don't have to pay. It's about 15min walk from the Arashiyama station. Map to "竹林の小径"