Get Lost in Time inside the Bamboo Forest of Kyoto

“SWAYS to the wind.” This is the metaphor that has likened humans to bamboos. It means adaptability to situations and signifies flexibility to change.

In Arashiyama, Kyoto, bamboos come to life in a much grander and dramatic scale. Hidden in the outskirts of the touristy Japanese district is a towering grove of thousands of bamboos. Each stalk sways to the wind, and creates a distinct creaking sound. This, as sharp light from the sun seeps through from above.

Surreal just to be in the midst of this natural phenomenon? Here are five more ways to enjoy this bamboo beauty:

Get lost in time

Arashiyama is one of Kyoto’s prized tourist attractions because of its old-fashioned yet romantic vibe. The same can be said inside the bamboo grove especially for tourists who ride the rickshaw for a tour. Complete the experience by wearing a rental yukata (a traditional Japanese attire similar to kimono).

Drive ‘em wheels

If you are the active type who prefers to move around, then rent another two-wheeled, manual transportation: the bicycle. Leisurely pedal your way along the grove’s center pathway as you feel the wind touch your skin.

Click all you want

In no rush whatsoever? Then take all the time and just walk through the Arashiyama bamboo grove. This gives the advantage of photography too. Capture all its all angles: a close-up of the big green stalks and the leafy canopy above, as well as moments of awe from fellow tourists.  

Take a piece home

When you see a local craftsman selling beside bamboo goodies besides the fence, buy from him. Not only do you have a legit souvenir to take home, you also get to help in the local livelihood.

In and out

Arashiyama also houses other beautiful tourist spots. Just outside the bamboo forest is the Tenryu-ji Temple, one of the 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites in Kyoto only. There is also the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge set in a backdrop of trees that change color depending on the season, as well as the scenic river with wooden boats leisurely floating around.


Arashiyama is found in Kyoto, which is part of Japan’s Kansai Region. Fly from Manila directly to Kansai International Airport via Japanese Airlines. From the airport, take the JR Sagano Line to reach Saga-Arashiyama Station. Travel time via train is only 17 minutes, with fare of 240 yen. Visit for more details. 


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