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Bamboo Forest Street, Kyoto

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Discover one of the most photographed attractions in Kyoto at Bamboo Forest Street. This natural bamboo grove proves that old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" and attracts throngs of amateur and professional shutterbugs. Take a guided tour of the grounds or simply follow the walkway uphill to a villa built in the traditional style, where you can grab a snack and a hot cup of tea. To visit Bamboo Forest Street and get the most from your holiday in Kyoto, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.
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  • Having visited the Fushimi-Inari Shrine earlier that morning, we joined our Melbourne friends for this walk through the Bamboo Forest on the western outskirts of Kyoto. It was late morning, already ho...  more »
  • On the last part of path through the bamboo forest ended at Arashiyama train station, it's the most beautiful photogenic spot with crowds of tourists who eager to get best pictures here. The steep sky...  more »
  • The bamboo forest really is as impressive as all the travel guides make it out to be. However, I strongly recommend visiting during the off-peak seasons. Our recent trip was at the height of the sakur...  more »
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  • Really beautiful and would definitely suggest if you enjoy nature and appreciate simple beauties. It's very immersive being in the bamboo forest and to be surrounded by nature. The place looks well kept up and there is much to be explored including a shrine. However, if you do not enjoy nature or bamboo you may find it repetitive and boring.
  • Taking photos here can be addicting because of the beautiful bamboo trees, but June might not be the best month to see them. In addition, construction work was on-going so it distracted the ambience. There is a small area where you can walk around in a clockwise direction to be between bamboo trees. Great for photography and more chances for photos with less people.
  • Expect a lot of walking! This whole area is great. With shops, restaurants, and a few shrines. You could definitely spend the whole day just in this area. From the train, I would highly recommend renting a bike. It just makes the whole visit a lot more comfortable. Although it can be super crowded, having the bike at certain points in the area is nice. There are a lot of points in the path that have bamboo forests, but don't stop after seeing the first small forest. There is a bigger forest a ways down from the entrance to the area. It is quite beautiful and would be great for pictures. However, since it can get really crowded, photo ops will have to wait for a clearance in the crowd or you'll have to take pictures with a crowd behind you.
  • It is really lovely to walk through the forest but it very busy and could be walked through within 15 minutes. If you've already seen bamboo forests then you'll want to skip this one. There is often hundreds of people in the area so you'll have to fight your way through people, bikes and rickshaws to get a good photo.
  • Don't expect too much here. It's not that special and super crowded with tourists so it's very hard to take a nice photo. Unless you go super early on the morning. It was quite small to walk through. I'd still visit if you're in traveling in Japan and have time though.