One of our favorite areas in Kioto is Arashiyama, west part of the city. This place is known because of its bamboo forest. Is incredible the sensation of walking through a way full of canes, looking up and hearing the wind sound.
If you are not an early bird you will listen a sound too, but not as pleasant as the one before: hundred of tourists pushing, shouting, with selfie sticks taking photos in the middle of the road.
Being one of the most beautiful places in the world has a cost
but keeping calm and breathing, everything goes better. Arashiyama is not only bamboo though, walk those streets is like being in a Kaiga or a traditional japanese painting. Wood houses, mountains, red lanterns, little boats navigating Katsura river… We loved spend a day there, visiting traditional fan stores, eating dango, drinking coffee in % Arabica and enjoying matcha at eX coffee, a traditional coffee shop where you can sit on the floor and admire a zen garden.
A beautiful view, like a traditional painting, with its mountains, bonsais, bamboo and thousand of selfie sticks