Entering the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a unique experience where a person can almost feel as though they have entered another world.
Walking and cycling paths lead through this enchanted forest where the thick bamboo trees tower high over the path on both sides, stretching almost as far as the eye can see. The sunlight shines gently through the trees creating a strange atmosphere of shadow and light that is both eerie and beautiful. Thousands of visitors come here every year to experience and photograph this distinctive sight but even the best camera in the world can’t do justice to the sheer magic of this incredible place.
The paths are over 500 metres long and are set between Tenryuji Temple and Nonomiya Shrine. Tenryuji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in 1339 by Takauji Ashikaga and which, at its peak, was one of the largest Zen monasteries in Western Japan with over 120 sub temples. Nonomiya Shrine was once the sacred place where unmarried imperial princesses would stay to purify themselves before taking up residence at the sacred seat of Japanese Shintoism, Ise Grand Shrine. The god of this shrine is said to bring luck in relationships and learning and so it is often visited by women seeking a good relationship match and students hoping to pass their exams.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is easily accessible by public transport with both the Saga Arashiyama Station, on the JR Sagano line and Arashiyama Station, Henkyu railway only a ten to fifteen minute walk away.
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