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.

22 Comments on “The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest”

  1. I have never seen such tall bamboo plants (trees/grasses) they look very elegant, no wonder they are used in Japanese gardens. My father absolutely hated bamboo, he said it took all the goodness out of the garden, and that most plants cannot grow next to bamboo….don’t know if this was just his Scottish stubborn slant on bamboo!

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