Sunday, 31 May 2020

Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

Arashiyama bamboo forest also known as Sagano Forest is a perfect example of such a harmonious relationship between man and nature.  The bamboo forest is located in Arashiyama County of western Kyoto. For centuries, this area has been a popular destination for everyone to enjoy the beauty of nature, especially breathtaking views in the fall and during the flowering of cherries. The forest is located on the edge of the city at the foot of the mountains and its 16 square kilometers of bamboo thicket are in vivid contrast with the surrounding city landscape.

Located in the western part of Kyoto, the Sagano and Arashiyama area is one of the best places to enjoy the picturesque landscape of nature of Japan in combination with various traditional temples.
Located in the western part of Kyoto, the Sagano and Arashiyama area is one of the best places to enjoy the picturesque landscape of nature of Japan in combination with various traditional temples. Source


The forest Path is a wide trail leading through dense vegetation is the main attraction for tourists, allowing you to admire like soaring trunks of bamboo.

The trail has a length of about 300 meters, it can be reached directly from the main street of Arashiyama. The width allows both pedestrians and cyclists to fit on it, allowing both of them to enjoy the contemplation of nature. It is a calm and quiet place, and although it is quite lively during the tourist season, the natural calm and connection with nature is felt in it anyway.

Although there is no clear, focused design in the forest, the curved path and its contrast with bamboo create a sense of balanced aesthetics.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan


The beauty of the trail is in its simplicity: natural stone is combined with a fence of dry bamboo, over which trunks of green bamboo soar, reaching a height of 50 meters.

Visitors can simply walk along the trail or get to know the culture of the area more by visiting a tea house, place of worship or temple along the way.

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in the western region of Kyoto - Arashiyama, famous for the beauty of nature since the time of Heian (9-11 century)
Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in the western region of Kyoto - Arashiyama, famous for the beauty of nature since the time of Heian (794-1185 ) Source

Photogenic nature of this Bamboo forest is one of the most photographed places on the planet. Natural vegetation creates a stunning sight of slender and tall bamboo trunks, contrasting with a flat and simple path. During the day, thin slanting sunbeams penetrate the densely growing trees, and at night the ground lights emit a yellow, slightly frightening light. In general, the forest is a natural but ordered nature.

Bamboo Forest of Sagano

Bamboo Forest of Sagano

The forest is not only a haven of visual beauty, but also offers visitors a unique sound phenomenon of Natural music. The wind blowing through the bamboo trunks creates a soft resonating melody that drowns out the city noise and is real natural music. This sound was even added by the Ministry of Environmental Protection to the "100 Sounds of Japan" to encourage visitors to perceive nature with all their senses.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Since 1967, bamboo forests have been recognized as an important source of environmental resources and the law strictly monitors their conservation.


The forest has become part of their cultural traditions and every year in mid-December, the Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatoro night festival is held, during which 2500 oriental lamps are lit along the trail.

The bamboo forest of Arashiyama not only teaches us the importance of life in harmony with nature, but also makes us recognize the amazing beauty of the natural landscape. A simple path, framed by natural beauty and sounds, creates a sensation that reminds us of our role as guardians of the planet and shows that man and nature can coexist harmoniously. 

Japanese culture has a strong tradition of living in harmony with nature. For the Japanese, nature has a philosophical aspect, so it needs to be admired and respected.

Although the country is highly developed in technical and industrial terms, an understanding of the role of the environment allowed nature to integrate into the landscape. Moreover, a close relationship with the land ensures a careful attitude to natural resources and benefits from them for the country and the population.
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