Arashiyama
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Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden structure. Arishiyama also has Tenryu-ji temple, one of the 14 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.
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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
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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  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary543 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come at the crack of dawn to avoid the crowds
    Like any tourist hotspot, get here early to avoid the crowds and get your Instagram photo. Or get a phone with magic eraser. The bamboo first is cool, the whole little township is great. We didn't tag on the monkey park as my 18 month old son acts like one most of the time so get to see it everyday.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Rosemarie P
    South West England, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really lovely area
    Loved this area. Quirky shops. Fabulous food from savoury to sweet. The walk through the bamboo path is beautiful, a large area to explore the day through. Really recommend this area as a the perfect day out. It is touristy, but is still so worth the visit
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • MIchael L
    New York City, New York102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prioritize monkeys over bamboo path!
    Here’s the breakdown 3 stars bamboo walk - very short and very crowded! 5 stars monkey park - there are separate reviews for this. Fascinating place—I could have stayed for hours watching the monkeys. And it was not over-run with tourists, and everyone was obeying the suggestions and being respectful to the monkeys
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Amit B
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bamboo forest
    No amount of videos and reels seen can prepare you for the beauty of this place. Of course it gets crowded, but the bamboo forest is just too beautiful and perfect for taking photographs. Lovely restaurants and coffee shops just outside the main entrance.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Mcnaccas
    Auckland Central, New Zealand88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun family activity
    We loved our day trip to Arashiyama. We caught the train out from Kyoto. We did the monkey forest and the bamboo forest both of which were good fun. Took us 12mins up a fairly steep hill to the monkeys then we headed across the river. We walked up the Main Street of hood shops to look at and did the bamboo forest that was lovely. However, would recommend looking carefully as we then went and hired bikes back at the train station and rode through the bamboo forest (much less busy following some rain) and discovered so many more trails! We spent 2.5 hours exploring the area and riding along the river. Fantastic family activity, Bikes very reasonably priced (no helmets provided).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arrive early to fully savor its charm
    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a must-see spot in Kyoto! Arrive early to fully savor its charm and avoid crowds that can disrupt the experience. Conveniently accessible from Saga-Arashiyama JR station on foot, the rain adds a magical touch as you walk amidst the bamboo trees. A lovely and enchanting destination that captures the essence of Kyoto's natural beauty.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Stellanie
    Cleveland, Ohio6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful day
    Absolutely beautiful and fairly easy to get to. We started the day at Arashiyama Monkey Park and then walked through town to the Bamboo Forest. The day was an absolute joy w plenty of water and snacks available along the way. Several public bathrooms are also in the area, but not within the bamboo forest. Yes, there were many people there, but it did not detract from our enjoyment of the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • jjluke
    Calgary, Canada1,758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene and tranquil walk
    A great walk through a bamboo forest. It can get crowded but there are moments of tranquility. You can time your visit to avoid the crowds. Yes it is a bit out of the way - we went via taxi over there but were able to walk to a train station nearby. If planning to visit, try to savor it for what it is, and understand what it is not (i.e., kids may not find it quite as entertaining).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • bernadette316
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk through the bamboo grove plus a peaceful temple and it’s gardens. Good day out!
    This is a great place to spend the day. The trails through the bamboo forest can be a little busy but it’s still an amazing sight and a tranquil place to wander and take some photos. The Tenryu-Ji temple and its gardens are also easily accessed in the same area and are beautiful to visit (¥800 entrance to both). Then wander down to the river and take a right turn to walk along it’s north bank to the park where you may spot the monkeys. Plenty of places around here to grab lunch too and easily reached from central Kyoto on the JR line.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Jessica S
    Tampa, Florida525 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute city, gets crowded, fun half day from Kyoto
    Arashiyama is a really cool area and a great day or half day stop if you have time while in Kyoto. The town is cute, but got very crowded while we were there! We headed up to the see the monkeys first thing in the morning before it got too hot. It’s a climb, but our kids had no problems and it’s nicely graded. If you have mobility issues, it may not be possible. The monkeys were cool and I’m glad we saw them! We enjoyed walking around the town, got some personalized chop sticks and enjoyed the atmosphere. The street food was very meh, would not recommend. I’m sure there are better restaurant options, but we were just looking for a snack. Was also really unimpressed by the bamboo forest. It may just be that it’s really hyped on instagram, but I didn’t see the allure. Otagi Nembutsu-ji is close by and in my opinion, a much better place to enjoy. I’m glad we walked through since we were there, but I wouldn’t get up at like 7 am to beat the crowds to the bamboo.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
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Dickson S
Seattle, WA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Very easy access by rail or bus. A must visit if you are touring Kyoto. Beautiful scenery starts at the river before you get to the Main Street. Walking the path here feel so serene and the solf sunlight filtering through the canopy make this place so picturesque scene
There are lots of Temples and trails nearby too..
Written June 18, 2024
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Sarina M
Austin, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Walking through this feels like stepping into a fairy tale! The towering bamboo stalks sway gently in the breeze, creating a serene atmosphere. A must-visit in Kyoto!
Written June 18, 2024
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We had a short visit to Kyoto and found it so easy to get around with a combination of public transport and taxi (to save time). The bamboo forest is busy but it was easy to wander when there were less people, even on a Saturday. The silence, dancing light coming through the bamboo and other worldly feeling made the bamboo forest a highlight of our time in Kyoto.
Written June 17, 2024
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AChee74
Kuching, Malaysia1,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The walking area is not that big. But the bamboos are majestic is look. Its always full of people, but we went in the afternoon and manage to get some good photo shots
Written June 4, 2024
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DipuKV
Pune, India3,053 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
One of the most sought-after visitor experiences in Kyoto, Arashiyama is teeming with tourists & long lines of bamboo groves, with a surfeit of spots for clicks / views / selfies.
Written May 20, 2024
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Mellie2013
Port Moody, Canada2,946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our hot tip...visit after 4:30 or 5pm or later!

We probably arrived after 5 pm. To our astonishment most of the day trippers and tourists had dispersed. It was serene, peaceful and our pictures were stunning! Without the hordes of tourists jostling for a photo op. The light was glorious, warm and very flattering. There was a light breeze and the rustling sound of the leaves was very spiritual! The bamboo much taller than I expected

However, the bamboo grove was not what I expected. There was a large power-line running along the grove which was disappointing! FYI there are rickshaw carriages that transport tourists along a private section of bamboo grove that might be more encompassing?

Is this a top tourist destination...YES but I do not understand the draw. I would have had no qualms to skip it!
Written May 19, 2024
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India1,206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
After seeing the beautiful pictures of the Arashimaya bamboo forest I thought of it to be something spectacular. But it's just a small patch of bamboo groove which is very picturesque and every inch was full with people. Thankfully there is a walking trail leading to a river with beautiful ducks. Overall it's OK.
Written April 26, 2024
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,485 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The bamboo forest is probably not the best thing with this place cause its more like a walk along the path with some million other visitors that mostly turns around at the end of the forest. Keep going to the left and you will reach a vantage point that will make it well worth the extra steps. when you come down to the main street there are shops, restaurants in abundance so you will not be alone
Written April 24, 2024
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dimpoo1971
Mumbai, India385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
There is no entrance fee and there’s lots to do here and it’s totally worth the visit.

What a beautiful view from Togetsukyo Bridge.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is another one of Kyoto's top sightseeing,plenty of walking and Ricksaw option is available but it's very costly.

I will suggest to give atleast 5 - 6 hours or more to explore this beautiful place.

Plenty of food options available.
Written April 22, 2024
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Ainaa Khairina A
Ipoh, Malaysia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The views were amazing. At first, we had difficulty to find this place, but we managed to find it by following some tourist. We came here on March 2023 and it was early spring . The place was not too crowded when we arrived.
Written April 17, 2024
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