Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Outdoor | Avg price: ¥0 | English Available: None (Unknown)
Pretty, but not the relaxing zen-like experience one would expect
It's been several years now since I visited here, and I'm only getting around to reviewing it now. I think just about everyone who visits or lives in Japan makes a trip to Kyoto at some point, and the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is high on many people's to-do lists. I think like any popular spot, it's important to temper your expectations. A lot of photos online depict this place as serene, and people-free -- but that's rarely the case. I'm guessing it might be quieter at the moment giving the travel ban because of COVID, but in usual circumstances you'd be lucky to get a picture without anyone in it, unless you're up at the crack of dawn.
Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0007