Before you need to know what street to turn down it is also important to know how to get there!
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Getting To Arashiyama
1. Rail Pass
If you have a Japan Rail Pass you can take the JR San-in or Sagano Line from Kyoto Station to Saga-Arashiyama Station in about 20 minutes. Once you get off the bus you can either walk 10- 15 minutes to the bamboo grove or take a bus that leaves about every seven minutes.
Just a heads up though, trains leaving from Hankyu Arashiyama Station are not covered by the JR Pass.
2. Hankyu Railway
Speaking of Arashiyama station if you have access to the Hankyu railway this is another option.
3. City Bus
This was the option that I used and only a couple dollars and took about an hour on bus 93. Make sure you have cash to pay!
4. Private Car
I don't know for sure but I would imagine there is a taxi or tour guide that will take you over there. It will probably be expensive at a taxi cost me $20 to go like 10-15 minutes.
What to Bring
If you are trying to find the bamboo forest I used the city bus and found it super cheap and easy and recommend you find Tenryuji Temple and just go a little north. Or, just you this map or a similar map!
I would also say if you want a super cool picture try and go at odd times otherwise there will be a lot of tourists!
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