Sagano Bamboo Forest. Forest in Kyoto, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest

Forest in Kyoto, Japan

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嵐山・嵯峨野 竹林の道 (Sagano bamboo forest) - Sagano Bamboo Forest
嵐山・嵯峨野 竹林の道 (Sagano bamboo forest) - Sagano Bamboo Forest. Photo by y.ganden
The Sagano Bamboo Forest is also known as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Located in Arashiyama district in western Kyoto, Japan, it becomes the major touristy area, thanks to the beautiful panoramic view of this majestic bamboo grove greenery. The bamboo forests are believed to be built to protect the people from the evil. In the 1870s, legend has it that this bamboo material had been searched by Thomas Alva Edison for his early light bulb experiment. Let's get to know further about this unique site and its attraction.

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Sagano Bamboo Forest. Photo by Mark McLaughlin

Things To Do in Sagano Bamboo Forest

Fun Tracking

The most chosen activity in this site is walking through the lush path at the center area of the bamboo plants. Prepare your best pose as you will get a photogenic background view in this breathtaking bamboo grove. What makes this key site even more appealing is the whispering sound of the Bamboo leaves when the wind blows them. It will give you a relaxing sensation to recharge your day. The sound of the wind that is effected from the bamboo forest has been nominated as one of "one hundred must-be-conserved sounds of Japan" by the Japanese government. If you are looking for another exciting experience, just try to explore the bamboo forest and its surrounding area with cycling.

Fun Biking

Other enjoyable and comfortable activity that you can do is to ride a bike along the path. The bicycle rental is available at the nearby train stations. The Japanese government has also encouraged Eco-tourism by providing easy access to rent the bike near the tourist attractions. Cycling through rural area will give you a truly Japanese experience. Just take a slowly pedaling and you will have the chance to breathe the surrounding refreshing air and the smell of nature.

Sightseeing Tram Ride

Although the scenery of the bamboo forest is quite mesmerizing, you can also explore the cherry blossoms view by riding the sightseeing tram ride during spring. The tram departs from the nearby station, the Torokko Sagano and arrives at Kameoka after having 7 kilometers journey. It passes through 8 ancient tunnels with gorgeous views along the way. The excitement is not over yet. There are lots of attractions in close vicinity that you can discover while you are here.

Top Attractions near Sagano Bamboo Forest

Togetsu-kyo Bridge

Also popularly known as The Moon Crossing Bridge, this bridge is the iconic landmark Arashiyama. It was built during the Heian Period (800s - 1185) and reconstructed in the 1930s. The bridge looks very beautiful with the combination of cherry trees and mountain view in the background.

Okochi Sanso Villa

Located at the back of Sagano Bamboo Forest, this two hectare property of Denjiro Okochi, the late Japan's most popular silent movie star, is really worth to explore. It is famous for its spiral gardens, tea houses, and several different buildings. However, it is not allowed to enter the buildings. A matcha green tea and snack come as complimentary after you've paid the admission fee.

The journey is not completed yet until you experience the fine taste of Japanese traditional cuisine at the surrounding area. Here you can find some restaurants that you can consider.

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Sagano Bamboo Forest. Photo by Aaron G (Zh3uS)

Top Restaurants near Sagano Bamboo Forest

Togetsutei Shofukaku

Located at the west of Togetsu-kyo Bridge, you can enjoy the amazing views of the rivers while tasting the authentic delights of Japanese cuisine. The restaurant also provides a convenient onsen hot spa facility that can be booked along with the lunch package.


Takemura is an ancient Japanese restaurant that serve yu-dofu, a famous winter dishes in Kyoto. Served in traditional Japanese tatami rooms, the signature ingredient of this restaurant is the tofu, which is made from the Japanese soy beans and pure local fresh water.

Sagano Bamboo forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto
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Sagano Bamboo forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto. Photo by Casey Yee

Events in Arashiyama

Kyoto Hanatouro

If you are looking for the complete show case of Kyoto's culture, this is the famous big-scale modern event that is held every December in Arashiyama District that you can't miss. What makes the event so spectacular is you will witness thousands of lanterns that will be marched along the 5 km route. The lanterns' material are made from Kyoto craft traditions such as bamboo, ceramics, stone, wood, etc. You can also find the amazing views of plenty ikebana flower displays.

Ukai Comorant Fishing

After your daylight activity, you can watch the performance about how the Japanese doing the fishing with traditional method by using Comorant, or big diving bird. The Japanese river fish is famous with its sweet taste and juicy texture, so it will be an unforgettable experience to see up close the original process of the fishing. This attraction is held on summer, between July and September.

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Sagano Bamboo Forest. Photo by James Byrum

How To Get To Sagano Bamboo Forest

You can reach the Sagano Bamboo Forest within 10-minute walk from Saga Arashiyama Station, JR Sagano line or 15-minute walk from Arashiyama Station (Henkyu Railway). It can also be accessed within 5 minute walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Station.

If you are searching for another unbeatable tourist site while you are in the Sagano Bamboo Forest? Don't miss your opportunity to visit the nearby lovely temple, the Tenryu-Ji Temple.

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