I’m not alone in being captivated by the Arashiyama bamboo forest — this glowing natural grove is one of the most photographed places in one of Japan’s most photogenic cities, Kyoto.
The scale is part of it. The grass (as I remembered that bamboo is a grass, not a tree!) towered over us and I felt so small.
Also, there was the vibrant color of the trees. The path is shaded, but the canopy glows a citrusy lime green through the reflected rays of the sun.
The path offers a chance to meditate on the simple beauty of light and color and nature.
How to get there:
The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a 10 min walk from Saga Arashiyama train station (JR Sagano line) and a 15 min walk from Arashiyama train station (Henkyu railway). It’s best paired with a visit to the Tenryu-ji Temple, the grove is right in back.