The Sagano Bamboo Forest is the best preserved bamboo forest in Japan and one of the most popular in the Far East. Located in a large natural area outside of Kyoto, it is close to several other important natural, cultural and historic sites, many of which are collectively part of the Arashiyama National Historic Site.
The area known as Arashiyama is home to an ancient heritage. Both because of the beauty of the forest and its building materials, Arashiyama became the site of several important and temples and shrines.
The Sagano Bamboo Forest is more of a sprawling grove of the titanic stalks of grass. Rambling trails traverse the thick foliage. The trails are sturdily built, rock walls and hedge-like fences, both to keep the bamboo at bay as well as to prevent the over enthusiastic from getting too close.
The Sagano Bamboo Forest makes a great day trip from Kyoto. The surrounding Arashiyama site is also home to groves of cherry blossom trees and the Iwatayama Monkey Park. Web: www.insidekyoto.com/arashiyama (official website).