The iconic centerpiece of Kyoto’s Sagano region, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a scenic forest of lush green bamboo, tightly crowded and towering gently from overhead. Be immersed in natural beauty sheltered beneath the bamboo, where the area is watched over by the Arashiyama Mountains, Arashiyama’s backdrop where its nickname comes from. A romantic stroll around the vicinity of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or a traditional rickshaw ride down through Arashiyama’s nostalgic streets leads to the famous Togetsukyo Bridge, where couples in boats below leisurely cross between riverbanks. Surrounding the groves, Arashiyama also has a number of ancient temples and shrines featuring stone statues, tranquil ponds, and green moss gardens. Just a short walk from Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, you’ll find yourself at a place for contemplation. One of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites, Tenryuji is ranked among the top Zen Buddhist temples. Then, capture the taste of Arashiyama through hand-cut soba noodles, a traditional tea ceremony experience, or a luxurious kaiseki cuisine banquet.