Sagano Bamboo Forest is one of the most significant natural place in Japan.It is one of the top sights with lengthy stalks of bamboos in the mid forest.Thousands of bamboos are lined together one after another which is nearly 150 feet high,straight as pillars standing like disciplined soldiers who are waiting for a combat.
The Sagano Bamboo Forest is situated at the north west in Kyoto basin near the Tenryū-ji Temple of Japan around an area of 16 square kilometers.The bamboo forest can be reached by train in Kyoto in about half an hour.
This area has been a popular visiting spot from the period of Heians at the time of 8th to 11th century where the nobles would come here to enjoy its natural view.The place Arashiyama is pretty popular at the time of fall due to its cherry blossoms.
Bamboo Forest is truly earth’s special wonder.It is not only famous for its beauty but also for its sound producing by the wind as it is blown through the bamboo groves.The sound of the wind has been predicted as the most “one hundred must-be preserved sounds of Japan” by the Japanese Government.The sound produced bu the sound of the bamboo trees caused by the swings of them resembles a lullaby which causes them to sleep.The sound is produced by the rustle of leaves against the trunks ,swinging of the bamboos creates a slow melodious music.
The bamboo forests are believed that they are surrounded to protect the people against evil.These bamboo forests are located around the mountains,the top of the mountains is reached through the forest paths where the stunning panaroma of the forest and the river is revealed.Also, on top of the mountain peak,there is a Mountain Park where several monkeys roam freely.
At 19th century,when Edison was looking for good bamboos for filament materials for his light bulb experiment,the Kyoto recommended two sources of bamboo where one of them is this one but due to some conditions,he used the other one.The bamboo here is used to manufacture many products like boxes,cups baskets,mats which are very beautifully made are sold in this area.Also,it is used in building.art,textiles,paper making.
The view of the Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest is just like being in another world.The shape,color and sound of the bamboo plants are not only unique but also gives a poetic essence.The bamboo trees has a color of green and gray which is dependent on its height and the amount of rays passed through the sun.The light and shadows are really impressive when we look upside.Especially,when the sun is shining and a gentle breeze comes to the movement of trees this is a picture perfect scene.
The weather there is really unpredictable and often rainy weather is present.So,it is better to carry an umbrella,scarfs ,boots and even jackets as it has a very cool climate.
The 200 meter walking path which cuts through the bamboo groves is a pleasant one and is a nice trekking area.Also,the railing on the road sides are composed of old and withered parts of the bamboos.As the walking path is all fenced and railed,the bamboo plants are watched from a distance.It is a really wonderful place for strolling and even through bike rides we can view this.Through the path,we can smell the bamboos also.
After the complete growth of the bamboos,they seem to be like an old lighthouse bending a little and their top part is like a halfway Pisa Tower.The bending is due to its over weight of the upper part of branches and older branches and their leaves.This is popular as they withstand for any type of weather-in winter,summer and even through storms.It is truly elegant and mesmerizing.
Unfortunately,due to farming pressures and population,there is a decrease of bamboo production in the past 30 years.
The nearest another tourist attraction is the Kyoto-Arashiyama Hanatoro Festival,held in mid-December around Sagano and Arashiyama.In this festival,nearly 2,500 oriented lamps are lit and people enjoy the night walk which definitely is an amazing sight.Many nearby temples and shrines are lit up and also the bamboo grove road going on between Nonomiya Shrine and Okochi cottage.The lights at nightime really fascinating.
Thus due to its special features and the exciting and breath taking beauty is really a festival for natural lovers.It really is a natural wonder which brings the popularity not only throughout the town Arashiyama but also Japan.It brings the tourists to visit this place every year increasing its number.It is really an worth going visiting center in the world.