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The Sagano Bamboo Forest, a magical experience in Kyōto

This is a unique experience for your eyes and ears. Walking through a peaceful bamboo forest in the heart of Kyōto. Welcome to the Sagano Bamboo Forest.

A change of scenery for your eyes and ears

In the Sagano Bamboo Forest, in the heart of Kyoto, thousands of bamboos grow side-by-side. To immerse yourself in this unique atmosphere, you must venture deep into the Arashiyama district, where traditional buildings sit alongside vegetation. One of the entrances is located next to Tenryu-ji, a Buddhist temple listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You then discover this astonishing forest.

On each side, bamboo grows several tens of meters high. The path, about 500 meters long, can be travelled on foot or by bicycle. This emerald-green setting is very popular with photographers. But it also offers a sound experience, the wind makes the stems rattle and the leaves rustle. These sounds create such a peaceful and unique atmosphere that it’s been listed in the "100 Soundscapes of Japan" since 1996. This list was developed by the Ministry of Environment in an effort to preserve important sounds of Japanese culture.

On the other side of the forest, you can visit Okochi-Sanso Villa, which is known for its beautiful traditional gardens. This bamboo grove, very popular with visitors, is particularly magical in December, during "Hanatôro" which means "the flower and light road" in Japanese. For the occasion, the bamboo grove and the rest of the neighborhood are decorated with numerous lanterns. Local workshops make bamboo handicrafts, which are then sold in shops around the forest.

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02/29/2020 7:23 AM
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40 comments

  • David N.
    03/31/2020 14:58

    one of the highlights of my trip...

  • Lala R.
    03/31/2020 01:12

    , this is nice.

  • Beverley H.
    03/29/2020 18:55

    Remind you of something Izy ????

  • Fredda B.
    03/28/2020 16:23

    One of the places my husband and I wanted to travel to see. Wales and New Zealand were on our bucket list, too.

  • Linda W.
    03/27/2020 04:35

    well an old neighbor planted bamboo in her back yard years ago, it's now gone down the hill into the nature preserve and across her yard into mine.

  • Elizabeth W.
    03/27/2020 00:33

    Love the Woods and all the sounds they make!!

  • Dian M.
    03/27/2020 00:00

    No crowds for a while.

  • Colette B.
    03/26/2020 23:45

    A walk through this forest just magical enjoy.

  • Dave C.
    03/25/2020 17:37

    BRUT used to drive a lot of people away.!!!

  • Witold P.
    03/25/2020 08:56

    Amazing 😉 place wow 😮

  • Heather L.
    03/22/2020 11:12

    is this where you were!?

  • Linda J.
    03/21/2020 09:49

    That is beautiful...!!!

  • Lenny D.
    03/20/2020 14:55

    Love it...sooo peaceful

  • Shaheda B.
    03/20/2020 00:35

    The

  • John F.
    03/19/2020 19:35

    This brought back memories. We lived in Kyoto for a few years back in the 90's. I have walked in that forest. Not always as crowded as some of these video clips.

  • Carol C.
    03/19/2020 18:44

    Looks amazing. Why don't you let us hear it "rattle"?!

  • Elizabeth T.
    03/18/2020 18:00

    Beautiful

  • Lois W.
    03/18/2020 00:27

    In the TALL grasses.

  • Micheline B.
    03/17/2020 17:12

    Bamboo is also very strong and used in scaffolding in parts of the world.

  • Micheline B.
    03/17/2020 17:10

    Wonderful. I love this forest and have seen it in photos many times before. Wish we had one here.