Located on the western outskirts of Kyoto is the Sagano/Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, one of Japan’s top attractions for natural scenic beauty. Thick and tall bamboo stalks line the paths as far as the eye can see. Walking through the forest provides a tranquil feeling as sunlight streams through the groves, casting soft shadows on the path. Wind weaving its way in creates a distinct rustling sound, a sound so beautiful that it earned a spot on the list of “100 Soundscapes of Japan” by the Ministry of Environment.
The area is especially popular during Spring (Cherry Blossom season) as well as Autumn (Fall Foliage season). For the best experience, head out early in the morning or late evening. Avoid weekends as the area will be brimming with tourists; taking away the magical and peaceful atmosphere of the forest. Walking through the winding paths are just as magical at night, when the pathways are lit up. The best part is – the forest is open 24/7! (No admission required)