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Arashiyama, Kyoto

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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.
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  • This was a wonderful experience walking the path with the forest each side very serene and tranquil. Lovely way to spend a few hours 
    This was a wonderful experience walking the path with the forest each side very serene and tranquil. Lovely way to spend a few hours  more »
  • A special landscape in Japan can be experienced here in Arashiyama's bamboo grove. I wouldn't recommend it for people who get drunk because of the crowds, but it's a view you'll want to see at least.....  more
    A special landscape in Japan can be experienced here in Arashiyama's bamboo grove. I wouldn't recommend it for people who get drunk because of the crowds, but it's a view you'll want to see at least.....  more »
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  • 1 of the top 5 highlights in Kyoto, and beautiful year round, this bamboo forest is easily one of the best sights in all of Japan. The Arashiyama area is surrounded by Buddhist and Shinto shrines as well as wonderful traditional Japanese neighborhoods with shops and vendors to sell foods and souvenirs. TIP: Take the JR line from Kyoto Station, and be prepared to spend a whole day in the beautiful outskirts of Kyoto. WINTER RECOMMENDATION: If you are in Japan in December, make a visit to this location. 10-19 December (from 1700-2030 hrs) the lantern festival illuminates this forest into a magical/otherworldly environment to feast your eyes (and Instagram 😅) upon. You might also get to witness snowfall coat the bamboo forest in yet more beauty.
  • Gorgeous place to walk around. So much to see and experience. If you get there around 7 am you can skip most of the crowds and have the sights pretty much to yourself.

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