When we were in Kyoto, we took a half day to explore the Arashiyama area which is when we made a stop at the Bamboo Grove. In one word: Uh-mazing.
I saw photos of it before we arrived and even read some reviews that it was just “alright” but walking through the bamboo grove first hand was just so, so, so serene and peaceful. This is what I wish most of Japan were like!
While walking through the bamboo grove, I pretty much decided that I want one of these in my house! How can you ever be stressed with a walkway like that, right?
If you’re planning on going:
The bamboo grove, located at the end of Tenryuji Temple, isn’t very long (maybe 2-3 city blocks). You can actually tour the temple first and exit at the other end and find yourself right at the bamboo grove. Then you can walk through the grove and head over to visit Okochi Sanso, which was the villa of a late Japanese actor named Okochi Denjiro (by the way, the grounds at the Okochi Sanso Villa is seriously one of the most gorgeous gardens I’ve ever seen – this guy knew what he was doing).