For centuries a source of respite and escape, Arashiyama offers a glimpse of natural beauty outside of Kyoto. The district has a variety of outdoor activities: visit the Japanese macaques in the monkey park, or take a rowboat out onto the lake. Don't miss the bamboo grove, a gentle uphill trail through densely packed stalks, ending at a historic imperial villa and its surrounding landscaped gardens. To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.
Tours to Arashiyama
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $91
Duration: 12 hours
Kyoto Rickshaw Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $43
Duration: 30 to 180 minutes
I should have read fellow Tripadvisors' reviews before I went. You got to be there EARLY. By the time I went (at 10:30am) it was hell on earth! Crowded and noisy, full of big groups of tourists who ta... more »
Not really a forest but more of a pathway. It is pretty monotonous and really busy. The actual path with bamboo on both sides is a couple hundred metres. You don’t neee to spend too much time here bec... more »
Amazing place. So peaceful and beautiful and serene. If you are in the area I highly recommend that you spend at least half a day wandering around here. Amazing.
You need to there as early as 6am or even before to get some good shots of the famous bamboo forest. It is too crowded at other times of the day. This place is quite big. You can do bicycle ride, boat ride, hike up the hill...It is possible to spend one full day here. Up the hill, there are some really breathtaking landscape views.
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