Sagano Bamboo Forest

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Area: Kyoto
Address: Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan [map]
Access: 1.2 km from Arashiyama Station Arashiyama Line (A13)
1.5 km from Randen-Saga Station Arashiyama Line (A12)
1.7 km from Saga-Arashiyama Station Sagano Line (E8)
Admission: Free

Better known as the bamboo forest of Arashiyama, or even Kyoto, Sagano is probably one of the most photographed spots in Japan. Voted one of the nation’s top 100 soundscapes, the sound of swaying bamboo is a meditative experience (provided you go early enough to avoid the other visitors). The forest paths are over 500m long and offer plenty of photogenic spots between Nonomiya Shrine and Tenryuji Temple.

Pro tip: Another must-see in Kyoto is The Philosopher’s Path.