Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is located in Kyoto, and it is one of the top tourist destinations in Kyoto. When searching for a Japan package tour, I had seen the photos of this place several times. This place was always included in the package. Finally I made a decision to visit Osaka and Kyoto, and of course, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest was in the itinerary.
On the third day of the trip, the guide took us to the famous forest. The bus left us at the car park, and we had to walk for 15-20 minutes to reach the the bamboo forest.
While walking, there were many people walking on the same direction with us. Along the way, the street was full with shops and restaurants. We headed into the forest and did not stop by any places (We intended to stop by when we walked back).
Eventually, we arrived the forest. Honestly, I was disappointed because it was not beautiful as expected.
I could not find the lush green that I had seen on the internet, and the bamboo area was quite small.
And, the place was very crowded and touristy. It was really hard to take photos with the bamboo without other tourists in the frame (The one below was the best one).
While walking back, I stopped by many stalls to try snack and ice cream.
The shops selling souvenir were decorated beautifully. I did not buy anything much. I only got matcha green tea powder back (I am a fan of green tea).
We stopped by Togetsukyo Bridge, a landmark of Arasiyama offering picturesque views. Comparing between the forest and the bridge. I did like the bridge more.
The water in the river was very clear, and the weather on that day was so nice.
We spent some time at the bridge and river, and then walked back to the bus.
All in all, I did not like the bamboo groove, but I enjoyed the bridge. Personally, I think the place is overrated. Besides, the place is far from the central. So, my recommendation is go there, only if you are free and already covered the places you are interested in.