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Bamboo Forest Street

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Address: Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8394, Kyoto Prefecture
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kinda cool!

I was expecting a bigger forest I have to admit but it is absolutely nice to see and feel the wing going through the bamboos. Pictures do not look as good as seeing th eplace... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Yannick M
Gisors, France
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Green Valley, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This forest is amazing with VERY tall bamboo trees. We walked in the morning and it wasn't too crowded. I loved walking through these trees. We got off the Sagano Romantic Train at the Arashiyama stop, which is very near the west side of the forest. We then walked to Tenryuji and on to Arashiyama. It was a great morning!

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The "bamboo forest" at this location is so small it doesn't really feel much like a forest - more like a patch of bamboo. Yes it is impressive in its density, but after a few minute walk you are back to the trinket shops trying to sell there wares. It is also very crowded so no chance of pictures with... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's everything that you pictured when you see the iconic pictures of the Bamboo forest and that's pretty much it. We came because we saw the pictures and we ended up taking some pretty cool pictures ourselves. The best pictures were the ones we took with the girls dressed in kimonos. I first thought they were tour guides or something... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I rated average as you can only see bamboo trees. There are some other attractions along the way like Okochi Sanso Garden and Tenryuji Temple but all needs entrance fee so we skip it. Good place to take some photos though.

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Gisors, France
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was expecting a bigger forest I have to admit but it is absolutely nice to see and feel the wing going through the bamboos. Pictures do not look as good as seeing th eplace live.An advice, go there early in th emorning before all other tourists. The place is free , no entrance fee.

Thank Yannick M
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is super touristy and crowded... The pictures look much better than the actual thing. Arashiama itself is nice but also crowded, maybe worth to come for a short visit and maybe I was just not lucky

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We engaged Kenzo to be our guide walking around Kyoto. A young guy his english was excellent, he took us to places not many westerners get to go. Small alleys and back streets. We ate at the famous Omen Japanese Restaurant, the owner has another in New York. Delicious. Kenzo has an email, k.sat.joywalk@gmail.com

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Narrow road to walk along bamboo forest. Huge, tall ones to baby ones growing. Usually a very quiet place . But holidays and tourists' peak season, lots of Rickshas carry tourists and come into narrow road. So be careful! But bamboo's roots are so strong and hold the ground so tight, that you are in the safest place for earthquake.... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not a forest as one may envisage but a few small fields or groves. Very busy and rather disappointing. Expect to walk a lot!

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Too many people but you can scape the crowd going to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji, an amazing temple with a bamboo grove just for you! Apart from that, the walk to there is really nice and you can get away from the touristic trap

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