Attraction 4 Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8394, Japan Published on: 06-04-2016
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Why Bamboo Street is special ?
The Bamboo Forest in Sagano is located to the northwest in Kyoto Basin, Japan, covering an area of 16 square kilometers. It is one of the most beautiful natural environment in entire Japan, not only because of its natural beauty but also because of the sound the wind makes as it blows through the thick bamboo grove.
The sound of the wind in this bamboo forest has been voted as one of "one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan" by the Japanese government. Back in the 1870s when Edison was looking for a good bamboo as a material of a filament for his early light bulb, the governor of Kyoto recommended two sources for bamboo, this being one of them. Edison used the other one."
What to explore at Bamboo Street?
Although the beautiful bamboo forest in itself brings in the tourist masses, the distinct rustling sounds in the forest have actually become an attraction in itself. A couple of years ago the Ministry of Environment even put the Sagano Bamboo Forest on its list of “100 Soundscapes of Japan” – a list of everyday noises/sounds intended to encourage locals to stop and enjoy nature’s music. Inside the bamboo grove, visitors will admire the thick green bamboo stalks that seem to continue endlessly up towards the sky. The light is absolute beautiful with the sun barely peaking through the bright green bamboo leaves and the stalks swinging in the wind. The wind is making the stalks creak eerily as they collide and twist. This path is very popular among young Japanese girls, couples and visitors to put on their kimonos to go for a walk and take photos.
How to get to Bamboo Street?
From Kyoto Station: you can take Kyoto City bus #28 or Kyoto Bus #71, #72, #73, or take the JR Sagano Line to Saga Arashiyama Stn. The Bamboo street takes 10 min walk from Saga Arashiyama Station.
From downtown: You take Kyoto City Bus #28 or #11 (#11 also can be caught from Shijo Kawaramachi), or take the Keifuku Arashiyama Line to Arashiyama Stn. (from Shijo Omiya Stn.). It takes 15 min walk from Arashiyama Station to Bamboo street.
- Really great walk
- Attractive Spot Shooting
- Amazing path, great for photographers
- Unique place in Kyoto
- Perfect place for taking pictures
4 Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8394, Japan
Tips for you
When I went there, the climate was good, around 20 degree celcius. As we go along the path, all we can see were bamboo. Some people played their performance and few people selling art toys. It was a good moment for us to be able to walk along this road. At the end of the road, we can have a nice garden named Ohkouchi Sansou Garden and then continue to Sagano Scenic Railway. The point is that you can have several point of interest over Arashimaya area and could spend around half to full days over here. Don't miss it.
Absolutely magical - a must see in Kyoto. It's a bit far out, about a 30 min train ride on the JR to Arashiyama, but well worth it. There are also some great little shops & restaurants in Arashiyama.