There’s something about standing in the midst of a pathway surrounded by trees where the sunlight is relatively prevented from permeating due to the canopies’ natural shade.  The feeling of seclusion is what makes this sojourn even more rejuvenating.

I was standing in the middle with a row of bamboo groves on both sides, which resembles a rainforest one touristy afternoon.  That was Arashiyama Bamboo Grove situated at the outskirts of the main city of Kyoto, Japan.

The alley adjacent to the 19th Century Hall SL and Piano Museum would be the point of reference en route to the forest.  It was another stint of walking, this time from the Saga Arashiyama Station JR Sagano Line to the Bamboo Forest.  Bikes for rent were likewise displayed along the way as an alternative.

There are organized tours provided for a more relaxing discovery and the pulled rickshaws are a common sight within the vicinity.  They say to appreciate more of the Japanese culture we have to at least ride a human-powered rickshaw once in our lifetime.  However, apart from budget constraints, being a first time wanderer in Japan never made me entertain the idea of riding the two-seater rickshaw.  To be lost and to discover new alleys is an anticipated adventure.  Speaking of which - we did wander and lost track of the trail.

We passed by a residential area with the autumn foliage slowly becoming dominant, then a railway and a river.  It was another long and worthy walk until we found the narrow path of bamboo grove flocked by a number of tourists.

welcome autumn season!


the river scene

green for the coming season - Christmas tree?

flowers for you...

what is my scientific name? 
 The sun was about to set in the horizon yet we continue to stroll and feel the cold autumn breeze that envelopes the grove.  The landscape composed of imposing stalks of tall grass is quite therapeutic.  This is after-all a highly recommended bikers lane apart from being a mandatory trail for a walking tour.

For minutes we loiter and waited for the number of tourists to decrease.

green green grass... 

kimono-dressed tourists
Green is a constant in a tropical country where I live and bamboos are not even that special (speaking for myself), yet a bamboo forest in a country expected to produce varied colors of changing seasons becomes just extraordinary.  As of writing, green has never been scenic to my senses except at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove of Kyoto, Japan.

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  1. Love the pictures. They are all beautiful. And these pictures made me look at the green color differently. All in all, this is great post to read!