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#35 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Western Kyoto
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Address: Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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11:30 - 14:30
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Arashiyama and Sagano Walking Food Tour
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Nice but crowded

The forest was smaller than I thought and very, very crowded. It must be a lot nicer in the early morning when it is quiet, but unfortunately we went in the afternoon when it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura G
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The forest was smaller than I thought and very, very crowded. It must be a lot nicer in the early morning when it is quiet, but unfortunately we went in the afternoon when it was hard to navigate due to the crowds. It is quite a long bus ride to get there and only for this perhaps I would not... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Too crowded One Mainland couple taking pre-wedding photos made the traffic jam even worse Short walk, 10 mins will do

Thank Bernard W
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all it is far from central... A metro then tram and then 20 minutes walk... so overall it will take 1 hour just for reaching this place and all you gonna see is street with Bamboos... really there is nothing to see or do... just bamboos... if you are free and covered everything... then you can visit this... More 

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North Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bamboo forest is notably famous (and crowded as all get go), it nonetheless a must see. Equally wonderful though is a wander down the river and across the bridge. An aspect of Kyoto that should not be missed.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Location easily accessible from JR station by walking. Sagano Bamboo Forest was good for walking when the place was not crowded. So wake up early and arrive to site early in the morning.

Evanston, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though there a lot of people who walk this path, it is fabulous. The bamboo are really tall, and larger in diameter than typical bamboo. And, the walk is awe inspiring.

Thank Karen M
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes there were a lot of people there...but it was still gorgeous...lovely walk and lots to see...so happy we went...a real feel of the area and Kyoto's beauty....easy train ride out and fun walk through the forest and surrounding area.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not sure why I'm only seeing reviews of the bamboo forest here, but I will add mine. For a review of the larger Sagano area, see my review of Arashiyama, which I give 5 stars. If you can come early in the morning, I highly recommend it. I would give the bamboo forest 4 stars at most because of the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was not as big as I expected, and very crowded, but still something I am glad we saw. Defintely a unique sight.

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Paso Robles, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very popular attraction for both locals and tourists, the bamboo forest can be quite crowded and is perhaps not as large as many may think. It is however a great experience, and the sound of the bamboo swaying in the wind is perhaps unique.

Thank paso57

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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