The Sagano Bamboo Grove is remarkable for its 16 sq km extent and awe inspiring appearance.
It is carefully tended, with just a few very old trees allowed to be present.
Located in the Arashiyama area of northwest Kyoto, it appears to consist entirely of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) which can exceed 90 ft in height and be up to 7 inches in diameter at the base. Here you see new shoots appearing into the month of June.
The walkway through the grove is boardered by beautiful fencing, with the main part of the fence made from the thin side branches.
We did a short hike up nearby Mt Ogura which provided a fine view of the Katsura River below us.
Then we had lunch in the nearby Sagakamenoocho neighborhood and took the 11 Kyoto City Bus back to our Machiya.
That evening we met up with Keiko, one of our California hiking friends, who happened to be in her home city of Nagoya during our visit to Japan. She took the Shinkansen to Kyoto to have dinner with us! It was a wonderful day.
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