Bamboo like you “ain’t never seen”!

Breakfast: Fried egg, toast, aloe yogurt, rice ball and coffee.

Run: To catch the 9:00 train to Kyoto. Switch train lines and take the JR Sagano line across Kyoto to the Arashiyama area of town.

Walk: A short, convenient walk from the station to Tenryuji Temple or “Temple of the Heavenly Dragon”.

Tenryuji temple is old, as are many temples in Japan.  The original temple dates back to the 1300s although the current buildings only date back to the 1868-1912 era as they replaced the original buildings that were destroyed by fire.

But, this isn’t about Tenryuji Temple. This is about what lies behind Tenryuji Temple– –a spectacular surprise and very popular attraction: The Bamboo Forest.  Towering bamboo line both sides of a 500-meter long pedestrian walkway where you can stroll (for free) at your own pace while admiring the huge 16 sq. km. forest extending as far as you can see. On either side of the walkway is a fence to keep visitors out of the forest, but it does not obstruct the view at all. The sunlight filters through the leaves casting soft shadows on the pathway, and the wind whispers through the forest giving a peaceful and serene feeling. The forest floor is covered with moss and layers of bamboo

Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

leaves. Moreover, if you listen closely, you can hear small birds chirping from way up top of the otherwise very quiet forest. This magnificent bamboo grove is indeed a beautiful sight and must-see for visitors to Kyoto.


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