Located in the gorgeous Arashiyama district of Kyoto, the Sagano Bamboo Forest’s has become popular the past few years. Together with the Fushimi Inari shrine, the Bamboo Forest is one of the most photographed places in Kyoto. If you have read those articles with headlines like “Places To See Before You Die” or “The Most Beautiful Forests In The World” chances are that you have seen photos of The Kyoto Bamboo Forest. I luckily got to visit the bamboo forest and was equally as impressed.
Bamboo Forest Kyoto Guide
The Bamboo Grove is located in western Kyoto, close to the entrance to the Tenryu-ji Temple. As it’s one of the most popular spots in Kyoto it can get very busy. We recommend visiting first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. The path through the grove is open all day and is a short walk from the Arashiyama train station. This makes it easy to get to from the Kyoto JR station.
You can take bus, train or taxi. I recommend taking the metro. Take the JR Sagano Line from Kyoto Station to the Saga-Arashiyama Station. The journey is around 15 minutes and only ¥240. From the metro station it is a short walk to the bamboo groves.
The bamboo groove is free which makes it a great budget friendly activity. It is open 24/7 so you can visit whenever. Getting here in the morning will provide you with the best light and be less crowded. However no matter what time you visit the bamboo groves will be beautiful. Make sure to take your time and walk through the forest.
If you are heading to Kyoto visiting the Bamboo Forest is a must.