Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on Earth (Based on reports, it can grow 250 cm in 24 hours), used as a building material and considered to be a forestry product. Moreover, bamboo is used as a product for handicraft by the creative people. Bamboo can reach 30 metres in height and a diameter of about 15-20 cm.
There is a bamboo forest called Arashiyama in Kyoto, which you can visit and walk along a path, surrounded by bamboos on both sides, just like in a fantasy world. It is one of the must-visit places in Kyoto.
Lush bamboos covering the sky cause the sunlight during the day to look charming with a cool breeze following it. Both walking and cycling are good ways to enjoy this bamboo forest, but I suggest you walk because it will be easier for you to take some pictures that way. Due to the abundance of bamboo, the air is very fresh and relaxing. Unlike in a crowded city, there is no noise here.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is open 24 hours a day, and it becomes even more beautiful and awesome at night. With the light of lanterns illumination along the path, it looks like a festival. Walking with your friends or as a couple will be a great experience.
If you are planning to go to Kyoto, don’t forget to visit Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. You can access it directly from Arashiyama main street, which lies north of Tenryu-ji Temple’s entrance. Visiting the temple before the bamboo forest is also good idea, after that, you can go to the forest through the north gate. There is only one main path in Arashiyama Bamboo Forest which will lead you uphill to the top. On the top of the hill, you will be able to see the Okochi-Sanso Villa which you can visit for another positive experience.