Arashiyama (which means "Storm Mountains") gained its popularity with its Bamboo Grove, one of the most photographed sights in Kyoto.
Walking in the middle of the arrayed slender bamboos will make you feel like entering a perfect place ahead. The pathway actually heads to different temples and shrines around Arashiyama and Sagano.
According to CNN's report, the bamboo forest is one of the most beautiful groves on Earth. "The towering green stalks of the versatile plant sway in the wind, creeking eerily-- colliding and twists, leaves rustling."
Start your tranquil walk from Randen (Keifuku) Arashiyama Station. You will see a number of shops serving traditional sweets and beverages. There's also an open-air hotspring within the station.
After exploring the station, just across, you may enter the vast grounds of Tenryu-ji Temple complex. Head to the northern gate of the Temple, and you'll reach the bamboo forest.
From Kyoto Station, take Kyoto City bus #28 or Kyoto Bus #71, #72, #73, or take the JR Sagano Line to Saga Arashiyama Station.
Catch the play of lights between the green stalks of the bamboo grove uphill and explore the huge complex of Shrines and Temples of Arashiyama Area. It is best to come in the morning, so you can cover as much tourist spot as you may. Don't forget the camera.
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