Arashiyama Bamboo Groves

Why pay to enter a garden when you can walk through some very Japanesy bamboo groves! The Arashiyama Bamboo Groves make a nice walk or cycle ride for people who want to experience the quiet, tranquil side of Japan.

Top Tips

  • The Arashiyama area in general makes for a nice scroll, after going through the bamboo groves.  At the end, turn right and go past Torokko Arashiyama Station. Then walk past the lake and down any streets that look of interest.
  • Nearby Tenryuji Temple is also worth walking to.

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take the JR Sagano Line to Sagaarashiyama station (230 yen, 12 minutes).  There are many signs and maps to take you from there. You can also take the No.28 bus to Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae.

From other areas, take a bus to Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae (large bus stop on bus maps).


Opening time: Open all day

Cost: Free


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

It’s best to stay nearer the center of Kyoto, so try our Kyoto accommodation guide.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.