Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Famous Bamboo Forest of Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

The Sagano Bamboo Forest is located to the northwest in Kyoto Basin, Japan, covering an area of 16 square kilometers. It is one of the most beautiful natural environment in entire Japan, not only because of its natural beauty but also because of the sound the wind makes as it blows through the thick bamboo grove.

"The sound of the wind in this bamboo forest has been voted as one of "one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan" by the Japanese government. Back in the 1870s when Edison was looking for a good bamboo as a material of a filament for his early light bulb, the governor of Kyoto recommended two sources for bamboo, this being one of them. Edison used the other one."

The Sagano Bamboo Forest is about 30 minutes from Kyoto by train.

What to See

The Famous Bamboo Forest of Sagano, Japan
Donna Stephen

There is a walking path that cuts through the bamboo grove making for a pleasant and popular trek. When the sun is shining and there’s a gentle breeze to cause the trees to sway, the setting becomes quite picturesque. The bamboo in this grove is still used to manufacture various products such as cups, boxes, baskets and mats in the area. Walking trails crisscross this bamboo forest, affording an excellent and picturesque view of the gigantic green poles and leafy canopy. It’s no wonder that bamboo has inspired Japanese artisans for centuries.

Several travellers online have mentioned that the bamboo forest path can get quite busy. Hopefully if you visit this beautiful area, it’s not too busy so you can pause to admire the beauty and tranquillity of this special place.

The Famous Bamboo Forest of Sagano , Japan
Florent Chevalier

Bamboo has no knots or rays like wood, and its fibers give it incomparable strength and flexibility. Some houses built from bamboo have stood up under massive 9.0 magnitude earthquakes. As the fastest growing plant on earth, bamboo is a number one renewable resource. Some species of bamboo can grow four feet in a 24 hour period! In fact, bamboo can regenerate its full mass after being cut in only six months, while a tree will take 30-50 years.

The Famous Bamboo Forest of Sagano, Japan
Miguel Michán

Chlorophyll shadows and the soft whispering sway of bamboo trunks characterize the Arashiyama bamboo forest outside Kyoto, Japan. This beautiful grove is both peaceful and naturally aesthetic. Bamboo, an exotic, giant grass, is a rich and fascinating part of Japanese culture and has huge potential as a green resource.

The Famous Bamboo Forest of Sagano, Japan

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