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Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
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All reviews bamboo forest early in the morning saga arashiyama station boat ride nice walk unique experience jr train cherry blossoms grove path tourists nature photos tranquility scenic trees river
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sagano is a small area in Arashiyama with many tourist spots for visitors including the bridge, the river, the bamboo forest and the souvenir shops as well. You can either take the Sagano Tourist train ride directly to the bamboo forest or up for the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

We took the tourist train through the gorge to alight at the bamboo forest and walk down into Sagano, a delightful small town with plenty of tourist shopping

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 777SarahB777
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Despite the place being crowded, the view was fantastic. We enjoyed our day there very much because it is a very unique experience. We took the Sagano Romantic Train and Hozugawa River Boat Ride to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. We spent almost an entire day at...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank celestayk
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

There is a lot of people but the site is quite big so you can have you instagram picture easily. I went there by bike its like 15km from kyoto station

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank KaterineCas
Reviewed 18 April 2018

The bamboo forest itself was underwhelming, but the walk through the park, by the river, under the cherry blossoms was most enjoyable! Gets crowded, so get there early.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Rodwilde
Reviewed 18 April 2018

I have never been to a bamboo forest before so we decided to take the train to visit this place. What would have been a cool serene experience was diminished by the magnitude of people, most of whom were very loud. So loud that you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Visited at around noon when there's already lots of people. The bamboo forest is nice but you can't get a pic with so many people around so its best to visit real early in the morning.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank JustLoveToFly
Reviewed 14 April 2018

The bamboo forest was one of the best tourist spot in Kyoto. Nonetheless the place would be crowded with people after 10 am each day, so just go early in order to take nice photos around the area. Currently there were more newly-wed couples went...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We were a little disappointed with Sagano bamboo forest pictures on the internet looked a lot better than what you see. One good shot looking down from top of walkway gives you the best picture opportunity. We have it a pass mainly due to the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Jason S
Reviewed 16 March 2018

If visiting Kyoto one must get to the bamboo forest! It's enchanting and beautiful! It's a must see while touring Kyoto.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best
eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved
Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea
houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
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24 June 2017|
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Response from RobertH517 | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 15 min fit hiker time. The way is marked. Walk out of the station to main road turn left and keep walking till you can see the railroad crossing and turn left. You walk about 7 min to where you see some stores... More
26 February 2017|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
Start your trip from Osaka by taking JR train to Kyoto. Then take the local JR train (Sanin line) from Kyoto station to Saga Arashiyama station. The train ride from Kyoto will be approximately less than 30 minutes depending... More
17 October 2015|
Response from KhiamYeongH | Reviewed this property |
See my photos when it comes out.