No peace in the forest

In preparing for the trip, we read the Lonely Planet Japan guide a lot. Its cover wooed us to visit the bamboo forest at Arashiyama, a place in the far west of Kyoto. After seeing some crowds the previous day, we thought we would be mentally prepared.

The trip from our side of town was via 2 trains, which was easy enough to navigate, but as soon as we arrived at Arashiyama station, we got a feeling that this was a pretty popular spot.

No peace in the forest

No peace in the forest

No peace in the forest

The bamboo forest was a 10 minute walk, which we shared with the crowds. Others seem to have found a quicker way.

No peace in the forest

And of course, the bamboo forest was also shared with the masses.

No peace in the forest

No peace in the forest

Although I was able to take some pretty shots of the bamboo.

No peace in the forest

No peace in the forest

No peace in the forest

No peace in the forest

I’ve been told that Kyoto gets even more crowded at Hanami (the cherry blossom viewing season in the spring), which I can’t even imagine. So for those thinking about going to Kyoto (or even Japan for that matter) around that time and are wary of crowds, you have been warned!

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