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Kyoto Japan: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Ōi River

Ōi River

Our last day of adventure: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Ōi River

One of Kyoto’s top sights – the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is considered as one of the most beautiful groves on earth. No amount of images can capture the feeling of standing in the midst of this vast bamboo grove – the whole thing has a profound sense of distinctiveness that is quite disparate that of any normal forest we know of.

The sun filters through the densely crammed grove, projecting thin slashes of light onto the dozens of camera-clutching tourists trundling down the wide trail that cuts through the middle of the forest as they uneasily angle their shots, attempting to crop human forms out of their frames.

On the way to the Bamboo Grove, a nice backdrop of a scenic river that looks so calm and relaxing.

bamboo grove backdrop

bamboo grove scenic view

bamboo grove

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English Address: Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku
Japanese Address: 右京区嵐山
Opening Hours: 24hrs
Non-smoking Area: Yes
Nearest Transport:
10 min walk from Saga Arashiyama Station, JR Sagano line
15 min walk from Arashiyama Station, Henkyu railway

Exploring Arashiyama District

After taking some awesome pictures at the Bamboo Grove, we went exploring the district of Arashiyama. With its low-lying tree-covered mountains that tumble into the Hozu River, historic temples and charming streets, Arashiyama has been nominated a National Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty by Japan.

Standing from the Togetsukyo Bridge, you’ll be amazed of the breath-taking view of the Oi River and its surroundings. It was really a remarkable feeling just by looking at the natural beauty of the place. I’m ecstatic!

Togetsukyo Bridge

Painter at the Togetsukyo Bridge

Friends at the Togetsukyo Bridge

 

Friends at the Togetsukyo Bridge

Scenic View of the Togetsukyo Bridge

 

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