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Kyoto - Arashiyama - Kyoto’s bamboo grove

On the outskirts of Kyoto, in Arashiyama, you find a unique bamboo grove.
Bamboo forests can be found also in other places in Japan, like in temple gardens but the one in Arashiyama is the biggest that I’ve seen.

The closely-growing bamboo is really a special sight. Have also a look in the workshop.

In Japan bamboo has been used for centuries. Different products are made of it (baskets, cups, boxes, mats, ...).
The bamboo grove is located just next to the Tenriy-ji, a Zen temple with very beautiful gardens.

You can reach Arashiyama by a short train ride from Kyoto Station (take the Sagano line).

Information from: http://www.japan-guide.com

An anecdote:
The cover of the Lonely planet-guide has a picture of a bamboo grove with a Japanese lady between the bamboo stems. She’s dressed in a red kimono and has also a red umbrella. An extremely attractive sight! It made me dream of taking similar pictures :)
On my way to Arashiyama and to the bamboo grove I realized I should be very lucky to take pictures of Japanese people in kimono visiting the forest.
But it was bit of a shock arriving there. About a hundred of tourists (without kimonos but with cameras!) had the same aspiration as I :)
Be warned, Japan is a much visited country.
I went back at the end of the afternoon and fortunately, there were fewer visitors.

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