When you visit Kyoto, you’ve got to see the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. When you stand amid these soaring stalks of bamboo it’s like being in another world.
Along with the tori tunnels of Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji Temple, it’s one of the most photographed sights in the city. But no photograph can capture the feeling when you stand amidst of this sprawling bamboo grove. The forest has a palpable sense of otherness that isn’t comparable to any other forest you know. It’s particularly attractive to visit the groves when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The bamboo at this place has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups and boxes at local workshops for centuries.
The visit at the bamboo forest is best combined with a visit to the Tenryu-ji Temple. There is just one main path through the forest, which leads slowly uphill. Once you get on top of that hill, the entrance to the sublime Okochi-Sanso Villa is right in front of you. Go in and experience the beautiful villa and it’s surrounding gardens.