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Bamboo Forest Street

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Address: Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8394, Kyoto Prefecture
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Narrow road to walk along bamboo forest. Huge, tall ones to baby ones growing. Usually a very quiet place . But holidays and tourists' peak season, lots of Rickshas carry tourists... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is super touristy and crowded... The pictures look much better than the actual thing. Arashiama itself is nice but also crowded, maybe worth to come for a short visit and maybe I was just not lucky

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We engaged Kenzo to be our guide walking around Kyoto. A young guy his english was excellent, he took us to places not many westerners get to go. Small alleys and back streets. We ate at the famous Omen Japanese Restaurant, the owner has another in New York. Delicious. Kenzo has an email, k.sat.joywalk@gmail.com

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Narrow road to walk along bamboo forest. Huge, tall ones to baby ones growing. Usually a very quiet place . But holidays and tourists' peak season, lots of Rickshas carry tourists and come into narrow road. So be careful! But bamboo's roots are so strong and hold the ground so tight, that you are in the safest place for earthquake.... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not a forest as one may envisage but a few small fields or groves. Very busy and rather disappointing. Expect to walk a lot!

London, United Kingdom
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Too many people but you can scape the crowd going to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji, an amazing temple with a bamboo grove just for you! Apart from that, the walk to there is really nice and you can get away from the touristic trap

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Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the JR San-In line from Kyoto Station to the Saga-Arashiyama Station and then an easy 15 walk to the bamboo grove. I feel that the magic of the bamboo groove is better experienced when there are fewer crowds, so it’s obviously better to go early in the morning or just before sunset. The length of the grove is... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The bamboo is majestic, tall and straight and a beautiful shade of sage-green. Sadly some stems defaced with graffiti (what sort of person would do such a thing ?). The Grove is smaller than expected and with a short, winding track. We were hoping for a calm and serene stroll through the cool Grove. Not so ! Crowds posing and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful, if a bit eerie. We were there on a rainy day and it actually added to the ambience! Does not require a lengthy visit, however the surrounding area has lots of tourist attractions and is a beautiful part of Kyoto, so I would recommend leaving at least half a day to explore.

Thank hannahlouey
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You go out of town on the train But it's worth it to see lots of bamboo . More peaceful part of Kyoto .

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While the crowds are going to be there, this is definitely a must see stop. While heading along the trail there are many good stopping places for pictures. If you time things well, you will be able to get some good shots without other tourists.

Thank themanofec

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