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Film Location: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan

Written on November 29, 2017

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama bamboo grove is a dense thicket of tall bamboo stalks located on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. The location is popular with photographers for its calm, peaceful beauty. Arashiyama is particularly beautiful on windy days when the towering bamboo stalks sway back and forth, with wood creaking, trunks bumping, and leaves rustling. The grove has about 500 meters of paths the wind underneath the forest canopy.

December’s Hanatoro illumination has lanterns lining the bamboo groves.

Arashiyama is busiest with tourists in early April and late November when the cherry blossom and fall color seasons usually peak. Filming earlier in the day is recommended to beat the crowds.

Entry to the location is free.

Outside of the bamboo grove, the area is also known for the picturesque Togetsukyo Bridge and Tenryuji Temple. There are also several smaller temples scattered along the base of the wooded mountains. During the summer months, traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River.

Kyoto Fixer & Japan Film Crew

Contact us if you are looking for a Kyoto fixer to arrange filming at Arashiyama or other areas of Kyoto. We are also able to provide shooting crew including directors, directors of photography, videographers, cameramen, and photographers from this region of Japan.