Chikurin no Shokei - a path in the bamboo forest

Enjoy the seasonal bamboo forest - the poetic scenes of Japan

Text: Yumi Oki / Photo: Kaina Honma


Sagano is well known for its vast green tunnels of bamboo forest. The 200 meters path from Okouchisanso to Nonomiya Shrine if often used in shooting by various medias. Being actually surrounded in this environment, my breath was taken away by the amazing view of green bamboos shooting up to the sky, with beautiful line of sunlights shining in the fresh air.

Let it be a walk alone, or with a close friend, or even on a jinrikisha ride, no matter how often a visit shall be made here, this amazing feeling shall not fade.

The bamboo forests shows different scene according to the season. Spring surrounded with young leaves and other flowers blooming, and in autumn the bamboos even turn a bit yellow and their leaves fall, too. New leaves will come out right after the old one falls, so bamboo is never bare. The gentle sound of leaves falling is so comfortable to the year. the term 'take no aki' meaning 'bamboo's autumn' is often used as a poetic phrase for spring in haiku, since this happens around May-June.

On the other hand, bamboos are in full green in autumn opposed to other trees. So the 'take no haru' meaning 'bamboo's spring' is actually a poetic phrase for autumn. 

Besides seasons, you can also enjoy them in different weather. Gentle shine of sunlights on a sunny day, and silent moments in the rain. Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro is a illumination event carried out every December to offer another mesmerizing scene of the Sagano bamboo forest.


ADDRESS: Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto (map)

★Next TRAVEL IDEA spot of ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto - Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano' is Nonomiya Shrine.

★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature