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Sagano, Kyoto

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The well established and otherworldly bamboo grove of Sagano conjures images of myth and legend, towering high above your head and splintering the sunlight. Along with the mesmerizing grove (also voted one of the 100 best soundscapes in the world), you'll find picturesque temple buildings to explore, reputedly aiding worshippers in fertility. Explore on foot, by bike, or by rickshaw, or step on board the celebrated scenic train ride--and don't forget your camera for the very photogenic atmosphere. The attraction can get busy, however, so consider arriving early to get a full experience. Work out when and for how long to visit Sagano and other Kyoto attractions using our handy Kyoto vacation builder.
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  • As at most of Japan's sightseeing hotspots you'll need to accept you are unlikely to have a serene or zen experience. Maybe arriving on opening will do the trick. But with a young family we've lost th...  more »
  • Dedicate a day for this area, visit the Zen Gardens, the bamboo forest, the busy main street with local delicies and the monkey mountain at the end. A fun and nice day in the nature.  more »
  • I have never been through a bamboo woodland before, and by the number of people there, nor had they. The bamboo trees are huge and really straight and the woodland is dense which is great for photos.  more »
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  • Hike up for a few mins and you'll find a small quiet park and excellent viewing point of the gorge below.Great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy the natural scenery of Arashiyama in any season. This is a more scenic route to the bamboo forest and scenic train
  • Quiet, away from the tourist crowd. Just a couple of local elderly chit chatting away~~~
  • A lot to see in term of nature, shrine garden and shopping thru out the 4 seasons. Even many spots are crowded with tourists like myself but we were still able to find quiet oasis and enjoyed the area. Very beautiful place doesn't matter when we were there.
  • Best part of Arashiyama if you want a splendid view of japan's colors of autumn.
  • Viewpoint for the river and surrounding hills. Sit down here and take 5-10 minutes break.