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Arashiyama’s Bamboo Grove is well known for it’s beautiful extensive bamboo gardens, with stalks stretching up to the sky and swaying gently in the wind.

As much as I tried, no photo I took could capture the bamboo forest the way I wanted it to! It was so much more beautiful in person, with wide walkways, geisha girls walking around, and endless bamboo as far as the eye could see.

Read more: Exploring Arashiyama & the Oi River

You can get to the Bamboo Grove directly from the main street of Arashiyama. It is located to the north of the entrance to Tenryu-ji Temple. You can either stroll along the pathways or rent a bicycle to enjoy the gardens.

Another option to see the grounds of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is to take a rickshaw ride from the young Japanese men through the bamboo forest and around the grounds of Arashiyama.

To get to the Bamboo Grove take the JR train to Saga-Arashiyama Station or the Hankyu Railway to Arashiyama Hankyu Station and follow the signs up to the groves.

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One of the most beautiful and photographed places in Japan has to be the epic bamboo grove in Arashiyama, just a short way out of Kyoto.
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Emma Shaw
Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started Explore Shaw to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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