Kyoto’s Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is located in western part of Kyoto near the base of the Arashiyama Mountains. It’s about 30 minutes outside of the city center.
How to get to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
There are a few different ways to get to the Bamboo Forest -including public bus and taxi- but the most cost-effective and convenient is the subway.
From Kyoto Station you can take the JR Sagano line to the Saga-Arashiyama stop for 240 yen. From there you can follow the signs for the Bamboo Forest by way of walking for about 10 minutes.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Price
There’s no cost to visit the Arashiyama bamboo forest. However, if you’d like to take a ride on the Sagano Scenic Railway (highly recommended) while there, it will cost you 620 yen each way.
How much time do you need at Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
I would plan on spending about 1-2 hours wandering the beautiful bamboo lined trails. There trails aren’t that extensive, but the forest’s picturesque surroundings can be hard to leave without a proper walk through (or two).
Add in an additional 30 minutes if you plan to take the railway (more if during peak seasons of cherry blossom and fall foliage viewing). It should take you about 15-30 minutes each way to and from Kyoto if traveling by train.
When to visit Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is open 24/7. However, I definitely recommend going early in the day to avoid the crowds.
It would be best to go by 6 or 7am to snap photos uncluttered by hords of toursists. This is also the best way to ensure your walk is as peaceful as possible in this tranquil setting.
The forest and surrounding area would be beautiful in any season, but the early spring cherry blossoms make for a truly magicial (albeit crowded) visit.