Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. Arashiyama is a nationally-designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. In the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan there is a popular tourist district called Arashiyama. Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. Within this area lies the famous bamboo forest of Sagano. The Sagano Bamboo Forest is one of Japan’s national treasures. It is about a half-hour out of the ancient capital of Kyoto and covers a total area of about 15 square kilometres.
There is a walking path that cuts through the bamboo grove making for a pleasant and popular trek. It is one of the most beautiful natural environment in entire Japan, not only because of its natural beauty but also because of the sound the wind makes as it blows through the thick bamboo grove. The sound of culms knocking together and the wind sighing through the upper branches is an extraordinary sensory experience, as is the filtered, moving light and shade.
The walking paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk or bicycle ride. The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The railing on the sides of the road is composed out of old, dry and fallen parts of bamboo.