[JAPAN] Refreshing Walk at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto, Japan

Right after we visited the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple in Kyoto – Japan, we planned to visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, which already listed in our itinerary plan. Because it was the second day of our bicycle rental, we can’t use it anymore as they have a time limit to return the bike latest at 6pm. That’s why, first we returned our bike to Kyoto Eco Trip and hurried to the Kyoto Station. We have to be at Arashiyama before the day is getting dark. Around 5pm, we bought a train ticket from the Ticket Counter at Kyoto Station to reach Arashiyama. We took the JR Train (JR Sagano/San-in Line) to Saga-Arashiyama Station. The train ticket cost ¥240 one-way trip per person, so that’s mean ¥960 return trip for two persons. 

Kyoto Station Tourist Information Center by MyfunfoodiaryHeading to The Train at Kyoto Station by MyfunfoodiaryJR Lines to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by MyfunfoodiaryThis is Our train to Arashiyama by Myfunfoodiary

Train Ticket from Kyoto Station to Shin-Arashiyama (return trip).

Train Ticket from Kyoto to Arashiyama by Myfunfoodiary

Just outside the Saga Arashiyama Station there is a 19th Century Hall, a museum covering the unlikely combination of steam locomotives and pianos. We didn’t enter the museum, but we just look at it from the outside and took a picture of a giant locomotive. Then we walked through a long alley next to the museum to reach the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

In Front of the Century Hall Arashiyama by MyfunfoodiaryGiant Train at the Century Hall in Kyoto by MyfunfoodiaryOn Our Way to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by MyfunfoodiarySurrounding Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto by Myfunfoodiary

After walking for about 15 minutes, finally we arrived at the end of the road junction. There we saw some tourists with a backpack are standing in front of the Nonomiya bus stop. It turns out in front of this place; there is an access to the Bamboo Grove Arashiyama.

Arashiyama Local Map Area in Kyoto by MyfunfoodiaryNonomiya Kyoto Bus Station access to Arashiyama by Myfunfoodiary

Because it was almost night, this place is not too crowded anymore, so we are free to take pictures. A lot of walks to reach the bamboo groves, that’s why I suggest you to wear a comfortable clothing, hat and shoes. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent as there are a lot of mosquitos. Although it took a lot of walks, we do not feel tired because there are a lot of vending machines along the way.

Kirin Lemon Refreshment at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto by Myfunfoodiary

There are lots of places to visit in this area, such as the Monkey Park Iwatayama (admission fee ¥550), Tenryuji Temple (the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama, admission fee ¥500), the great Togetsukyo Bridge (Arashiyama‘s most iconic landmark), etc. But we couldn’t visit all of them because all the parks closed at 17.00.

Path to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by MyfunfoodiaryPath to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by MyfunfoodiaryPath to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by Myfunfoodiary

If only we have more time to spent at Arashiyama, we would rent a bike from a bicycle rental near the Museum Hall or rent the Rickshaw Ride at Arashiyama. The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word “jinrikisha,” which means “human-powered vehicle.” They first appeared in Japan in the late 19th century. The Rickshaw ride provides the tourist a private tour, in 30, 60 or 120 minutes around Arashiyama, but I heard it is quite expensive starts from ¥7000.

Rickshaw Ride at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by Myfunfoodiary

However, it was worth the long walk where we can see the natural beauty surrounding, especially when we saw the lovely bamboo forest. We took a refreshing walk through the beautiful bamboo forest. The bamboo grove is amazing, beautiful and so peaceful. We both enjoyed the bamboos and the way they were laid out. Besides the famous Bamboo Forest, this charming little town also has many local shops selling foods, drinks and souvenirs. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a sight not to be missed in Japan! Don’t forget to put this place in your itinerary list! 🙂

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How to reach Arashiyama Bamboo Groves?
The JR Sagano Line provides the fastest access from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama (also known as JR Sanin Line). A one way ride to Saga-Arashiyama Station takes 15 minutes and costs ¥240. From Saga-Arashiyama Station, central Arashiyama can be reached in 20 minutes walk.
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Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say "Hi". Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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