Bamboo Garden, Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

One of the highlights in Arashiyama is the famous Bamboo Grove, named by CNN as one of the most beautiful groves on Earth, Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

One of the highlights in Arashiyama is the famous Bamboo Grove, named by CNN as one of the most beautiful groves on Earth, Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

 

“Arashiyama (嵐山) is a pleasant district in the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan.  The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting.  Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons.” – http://www.japan-guide.com

 

Before entering the Bamboo Garden in the Arashiyama District of Kyoto, Japan, we passed a cemetery and a temple that was mostly hidden by beautiful Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)

Before entering the Bamboo Garden in the Arashiyama District of Kyoto, Japan, we passed a cemetery and a temple that was mostly hidden by beautiful Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)

 

Walking in the Bamboo Garden in the Arashiyama District of Kyoto, Japan, is like entering another world – the thick green bamboo stalks seem to continue endlessly in every direction an

Walking in the Bamboo Garden in the Arashiyama District of Kyoto, Japan, is like entering another world – the thick green bamboo stalks seem to continue endlessly in every direction and there’s a strange quality to the light

 

We decided to visit the district as one of the highlights in Arashiyama is the famous Bamboo Garden.  Lonely Planet notes: “Walking into this extensive bamboo grove is like entering another world – the thick green bamboo stalks seem to continue endlessly in every direction and there’s a strange quality to the light.”  On CNN, it was referred to as one of the most beautiful groves on Earth.  It is quite calming to walk through the grove and hear and see the trees gently swaying in the breeze.  Within the forest are several Shinto shrines.  Nearby we visited a beautiful Buddhist compound including a temple.  And of course, on the main street there were many shopping and snacking opportunities for our small group of four.

 

The entrance to Seiryoji Temple (Sagashakado Temple), Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

The entrance to Seiryoji Temple (Sagashakado Temple), Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

 

“Seiryoji Temple is a time-honored temple of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism.  It is better known as Sagashakado Temple (Hall of Shakyamuni Tathagata in Saga).  Seikakan, the mountain villa of Minamoto-no-Toru, the model for Kikaru Genji, the hero of “Tale of Genji”, was once located at this place.  After his death, the villa was converted into Seikaji Temple, which is the origin of Seiryoji Temple.  In 1945, a life-size image of Shakyamuni Tathagata was enshrined.  Thus, the temple is commonly called Sagashakado Temple.  Later, the high priest Chonen came back from China (Sung) with a standing image of Shakyamuni Tathagata, which had been brought to Japan from India via China.  In order to enshrine the image, the priest planned to build a new temple to be called ‘Great Seiryoji Temple’.  Since he passed away without accomplishing his wish, his disciple, Jozan, established Seiryoji Temple and enshrined the image.  In 1953, a covered space was found in the back of the image, and internal organs made of silk were placed inside.  Since then, the image has also been called the living Shakyamuni Tathagata.  The main hall  was reconstructed at the initiative of the fifth Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi, his mother, Keishoin, and others in 1701, where the principal image, the standing statue of Shakyamuni Tathagata (National Treasure), is located.  The tombs of the high priest Chonen, Minamoto-no-Toru, Emperor Saga, and Empress Danrin are located in the precinct of the temple.” — from a signboard at Seiryoji Temple

 

The decorations at the entrance to Seiryoji Temple (Sagashakado Temple), Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

The decorations at the entrance to Seiryoji Temple (Sagashakado Temple), Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

 

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) and Seiryoji Temple (Sagashakado Temple), Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) and Seiryoji Temple (Sagashakado Temple), Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

 

We were privileged to welcome several Geishas aboard our ship, docked in Kobe, Japan, for singing, music and dancing before dinner where we had an opportunity to talk with them (with the

We were privileged to welcome several Geishas aboard our ship, docked in Kobe, Japan, for singing, music and dancing before dinner when we had an opportunity to talk with them (with the assistance of a translator), as they individually came around to our table, about their training and work and performing arts

 

2 thoughts on “Bamboo Garden, Arashiyama DIstrict, Kyoto, Japan

  1. The gorgeous bamboo garden gave you and Robin another opportunity to take in peace, nature, pure oxygen, and a bit of respite. Fabulous experience.

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  2. Celeste and I spent 7 nights at an Airbnb apartment in Gion two years ago. Our night time strolls for dinner allowed us to see 9 geishas scurrying about between appointments in the tea house district of Gion. They are always in a hurry with eyes down cast to avoid notice. The Chinese tourists loved invading their space to snap pictures. So funny. You were fortunate to see them looking at you, however, you were paying for their services. We found a Western themed restaurant in the tea house area of Gion. It was loud and lively unlike the rest of the street. The owner headed up the restaurants in two different western hotels in Tokyo. He came back to Kyoto and opened his own restaurant. Hey, they had three New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs on the wine list. Gotta be good. We ate dinner there 4 of our 7 nights and at half the cost of the Japanese restaurants in the area. 3/4 of the patrons were Japanese.

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