The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is probably one of the most scenic and most photographed location in Kyoto. My mother has never been to Arashiyama, so we squeezed it in our busy schedule right after the check-in at our hotel. There are several train stations in Arashiyama – our tour started from Saga-Arashiyama station, which was the most convenient train connection (direct train, San-In Line, approx. 17min) from Kyoto station. We arrived quite late, so most of the souvenir shops have already closed. Nevertheless, we did a short detour to the famous and iconic Togetsukyo Bridge. This wooden bridge over the Katsura (Oigawa) River has often been used in historical movies and has been a landmark for over four hundred years. After the picture stop, we went to Japan’s famous Bamboo Grove. The last time I visited the Bamboo Forest was back in spring 2016. I remember that it was full of tourists and Japanese because of the cherry blossom season, this time it was almost empty! In general, it is recommended to visit the Bamboo Forest early in the morning or at sunset to avoid the crowd. The Bamboo Grove is open daily and admission is free.
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