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Kyoto | Arashiyama Bamboo Grove (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Episode# 11

Kyoto | Arashiyama Bamboo Grove (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Episode# 11

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Welcome to Hipfig Travel Guide series on Kyoto, Japan. In this
Arashiyama bamboo Grove travel guide We will show you how to get toArashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto, what to do, and offer up tips from our own experiences
for your visit to this natural wonder of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove also known as the Sagano Bamboo Forest is located west in kyoto’s Arashiyama district also called Sagano. Arashiyama refers to the
mountains on the southern bank of the river but is commonly used to name the
entire district We took the Jr San’in main line also
known as a Sagano line from kyoto station to arashiyama and alighted at
Saga- Arashiyama station. You can also take the Hankyu railway but this involves a transfer and is a little more
complicated so it’s best to take the San-in line from kyoto station if you
can. Once you alight at Saga-Arashiyama station take the left exit down to
the ground level. On the ground level on the right side you’ll see a train tour
through Arashiyama. The Sugano Scenic Railway tour runs hourly from 9:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m.. You can also take a rickshaw tour from the station. There are
Japanese men and women in traditional rickshaw costume that will tour you
through the Bamboo forest pathway and around Arashiyama. There are signs showing
the way to the bamboo forest on the floor of the streets in Japanese and in
English. we decided to walk from the station. We took the first right near
the bike rental place and kept walking straight. If you miss the signs for the
Arashiyama bamboo grove then follow the signs for the Tenryu-ji temple and Nonomiya shrine they will also get you to the bamboo forest. You will walk about eight to ten minutes through a residential street. At
the end of this street you’ll meet the main street. On the left side is the
tenryu-ji temple complex and on the right side will be a railroad crossing.
Cross the street and keep walking into the alley. The entrance can be easily
missed so look for a little snack shop and some small signs. Usually there’ll be
more people walking around the entrance who look like visitors so it makes it
easier to identify. Keep walking up this alley and it will lead you to the bamboo forest
pathway. The Arashiyama bamboo grove is 16 square kilometers of dense bamboo stalks. Bamboo is considered a symbol of strength and a forest of them wards off evil spirits which is why this bamboo forest has at one end tenryu-ji
temple which is a unesco world heritage site. for travel guides for tenryu-ji
temple visit our tenryu-ji temple travel guide on this Hipfig Travel Channel or
on Located at the other end of the arashiyama bamboo grove is Okochi-Sanso Villa, a home that was once owned by a very famous japanese silent
film star and also the teahouse. The arashiyama bamboo grove pathway is made of stone and accompanied by rails of dried bamboo which keep out the wild
boar that come from the hills at night along the pathway you’ll visit the Nonomiya Temple and Shrine. Nonomiya Temple and Shrine temple and shrine has a special
historical role in preparing Imperial princesses to serve as Vestal Virgins at
the grand shrine of Issei, Japan’s most important Shinto shrine. Nonomiya Temple and Shrine also has a special interest to people with interest in classical
Japanese literature as it plays a prominent role in the tale of Genii,
a famous Noh play titled Nonomiya As customary in Japanese temples, you’ll
also find a bright red coloured torii gate. The Arashiyama bamboo grove is busiest during sakura cherry blossom season in
early april and the second half of november for the fall season. summer
months are also busy because of all the foreign tourists. If you come in December
during Hanatoro llumination then staying till dark is a must.
Lanterns line the streets and the bamboo groves. Wear good shoes if you plan to
walk and make sure your camera works for some awesome pictures among these tall
bamboo forests. The skinny towering bamboos sway in the wind and the
rustling of its leaves lends to a Zen atmosphere. In fact the sound is my
favorite part of visiting here. The rustling of the leaves create music to
my ears. The bamboos are so close together that the leaves rustling in the
wind coordinate to make a peaceful melody. The bamboo grows densely only
letting sunshine filter as the leaves are rocked by the wind which set up the
stage for beautiful photos. Come visit early so it’s less crowded for better
shots. After all Arashiyama bamboo grove is one of the most photographed sights
in the world. Did you know that the Arashiyama bamboo grove is not only a
tourist and cultural attraction but a bamboo farm? Bamboo is a sustainable,
local, natural resource in this area that is harvested to make products. Combine
your visit to the Arashiyama bamboo grove with the tenryu-ji temple or any
of the other many attractions in this area Happy Travels. Go to for
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