Sagano Bamboo Grove in Kyoto

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  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

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The Sagano Bamboo Grove (Chikurin no Michi) in Arashiyama is together with the Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine and Kinkaku-ji the most popular tourist destination in Kyoto. The tall thick green bamboo stalks (between 5 to 10 m high) create a unique and mystic atmosphere. Follow the appr. 200 m long path, which leads slowly uphill, through the thick bamboo forest on foot, by bicycle or take a rickshaw ride. At the end of the path you will reach the Okochi Sanso Villa. The famous silent actor Okochi Denjiro (1898 - 1962) called this place his home. Best Ryokans in Kyoto Explore Ryokans in Kyoto >
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By the way the sound created by the wind while it blows through the bamboo has been voted as one of the "100 must-be-preserved sounds of Japan" by the Japanese government. You will know what that means, once you went there:)

  • Arashiyama Sagano Bamboo Grove:
  • Open: - always, whole year
  • Admission Fee - free

My tips for local activities

How about exploring the beautiful Arashiyama district (incl. Sagano Bamboo Grove, Togetsukyo bridge, Tenryuji temple and some special food) in Kyoto with a local guide. Check out this page > for more details.


Since centuries bamboo has been used in Japan to manufacture a huge variety of products like cups, baskets, boxes and mats at local workshops. The Arashiyama district became popular during the Heian Period (794-1185) when the upper class/nobles enjoyed its beautiful scenery. Bamboo groves are often located near Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. They are a symbol of strength and viewed as a smart way of warding off evil forces.


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Sagano Bamboo Grove is located within Arashiyama district between Tenryu-ji Temple and Okouchi Sanso Garden in the western outskirts of Kyoto.
Address: Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Sagano Bamboo Grove?

  • 15min from Kyoto Station to Saga-Arashiyama Station by JR Sagano Line
  • 10min from Saga-Arashiyama Station to Sagano Bamboo Grove

Sightseeing spots


Tenryu-ji Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the group of Kyoto Gozan (five most important Zen temples of Kyoto)

Okochi-Sanso Villa - Denjiro Okochi, a late silent film star, has lived here

Nonomiya Shrine - this Shinto shrine has a unique black torii gate

Festival & Events in Kyoto (dates can change without notice)


Setsubun (3rd)
One day before spring arrives (lunar calendar) the Setsubun is celebrated. Bean throwing (Mame maki) ceremonies are held at the shrine to get a good fortune for the year. Do not miss the bonfire on the evening.


Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).


Ochatsubo Dochu (1st)
The Ochatsubo Dochu or Traveling Tea Canisters festival dates back to the Edo Period. It represents the practice of showing the new tea harvest from Uji to the ruling shogun in the old days. Now during the parade large ceramic containers with tea are carried by people wearing traditional costumes from Kenninji Temple to Yasaka Shrine.

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.


Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).


Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.


Shichi-Go-San (15th)
The well-being and growth of young children is celebrated at the shrine and in the rest of Japan.

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