Human crowd around bamboos: Arashiyama Bamboo Groves & Tenryuji, Kyoto Travel in Spring 2015

Date: 8 May 2015

It was my last day in Japan for the Spring 2015 trip, and here I am in Kyoto, a city that I would come to love later.

Arashiyama Bamboo Groves

First stop was the Arashiyama Bamboo Groves in Western Kyoto, which can be reached in about 15 minutes from Kyoto Station. From the Saga-Arashiyama station, the famous bamboo groves was just about a 10 minutes walk.

Yes, the bamboo groves are great for picture-taking, but boy, it was overly crowded. There was no way to get a picture without anyone else in it, unless I was here at funny hours.

At least the monks in this pic makes it look better

Tenryuji

The next stop however, is a gem! Tenryuji Temple is just beside the bamboo groves. The entrance fee is 500 yen, which seems expensive to some tourist, but I was glad I went in. 

Tenryuji
The bamboo groves look stunning from inside the temple grounds
Lushes of green

It would have been lovely in autumn, but the landscape garden was beautiful on this sunny day nonetheless.

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Author: Jennifer

Hi! I am Jennifer. I enjoy planning my own travels and love traveling in Japan - for the history, nature, temples, and the food! Read more for travel guides of places I have visited.

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