The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Arashiyama is a historic area on the western outskirts of Kyoto. Lots of sightseers are drawn there, in part by a forest of enormous bamboo trees.
To get there you have to cross a bridge.
A path through the forest is about 500 yards long.
A popular destination, you’ll find the path is crowded with people.
The towering trees and and dappled shade inspires reverence, despite the crowds.
I say trees, but technically bamboo species are members of the grass family.
On the other hand, if you can’t call this a forest, what should you call it? A grassland? Prairie?
There are a number of important sights adjacent to the bamboo forest, including the Tenryu-ji Temple and Okochi Sanso garden.
We didn’t see Tenryu-ji, but we did get to see Okochi Sanso, a garden built by a Japanese film star from the 1920s. I’ll do a post on that garden shortly.