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#26 of 1,012 things to do in Kyoto
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Western Kyoto
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Address: Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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Must do on any Kyoto trip

Very touristy but still very worthy of your time. The trick is picking a time of day and time of year to visit to avoid the crowds. Side streets behind the bamboo forest are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very touristy but still very worthy of your time. The trick is picking a time of day and time of year to visit to avoid the crowds. Side streets behind the bamboo forest are charming and lots of major temples and off the beaten path temples and historical sites. Good for either a couples getaway day trip or for the... More 

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Piedmont, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a really interesting and very beautiful place to visit need to go on a sunny day or a warm day also visit the temples in the gardens all around we went in spring and all the flowers are in bloom well worth it.

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Kharkiv, Ukraine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've expected more from this place. Mb because of the weather (rain with snow) or because it was crowded I just cant feel the atmosphere. But the bamboo is really impressive. I don't regret I went there. Reminded me of some ninja movies.You should go there if you have a time and opportunity to ramble through the streets of a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In Arashiyama, the bamboo forest is a must-see on a tour to Kyoto. I never miss it on trips there. Best to visit in early morning before the crowds. I've walked or run to the forest (but not though it) along Sanjo Avenue from Higashi-yama. Gorgeous

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have visited Kyoto twice; Sept 2014 and Sept 2016. The bamboo forest in the NW of Kyoto, near the river is easily accessed by bus or train from downtown Kyoto. Loved the sunshine and warm weather in this picturesque park.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very interesting walk throught the bamboo. you can see the milling and processing of the bamboo. leads to a lovelyzen garden at the far end and you can walk back down another path to the river and watch the activity

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Warialda, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Amazing , green, peaceful, HUGE. Must see. Whole area amazing. Histiry of bamboo interesting soooo tall

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

If you want to enjoy the view with peace, need to go there before eight. I went there at 7:30 and after 8:30, there are many ppl start flowing into this place with noisy and annoying behaviour. Three Korean and later Chinese taking their wheeled suitcase to this place and all the way creating disturbing sound. I cannot imagine after... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

You just don't see bamboo forests around, and to see how they have been here for so long and how many there are is just a spectacular view. If your up in Arashiyama them you must stop by here, just following everyone from the train station and turn left when every else is. (You can also ask for directions once... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The forest, park and temple were beautiful and serene. The surround area is picturesque and well worth a visit.

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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