‘Chikurin no Michi’, a bamboo forest in Japan’s Kyoto attracts visitors


A bamboo forest called ‘Chikurin-no-Michi’ in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto is one of the most iconic sceneries in Japan. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. Pictures of this bamboo forest are certain to be found on any website or tourist pamphlet for Kyoto because the beauty of this place captures the hearts of tourists. Many tourists donning traditional Japanese outfits visit the place to get a unique experience. The forest of giant bamboo extends more than a kilometre. The fence on the site is also made of bamboo. Many of the bamboos here reach up to 25 meters and with a diameter up to 25 centimetres. The slender trunk has foliage at the very top which causes the bamboo to clack into each other with the slightest breeze. It makes a special calming sound. Visitors can hire rickshaw called ‘Jinrikisha’ in Japanese to enjoy guided tours through the narrow path in the bamboo forest. And in the middle of the forest, there is Nonomiya Shrine, a small, beautiful Shinto shrine where Imperial Princesses used to spend time to pray in old time. There are many different entrances into the bamboo forest including from nearby Tenryuji Temple. Also, the sign pointing to the forest can be seen along the main road of the tourist area of Arashiyama. The forest is open 24 hours a day and there is no entry fee. It takes only 15 minutes train ride from Kyoto station, so no one should miss visiting this magical place.