The Arashiyama Bamboo Groves was a location at the top of my bucket list as a photographer. Arashiyama is a big park area that sits on the outskirts of Kyoto. To be honest, the bamboo garden has only a couple of halls and though I was astonished by the beauty and the peaceful surroundings, I could see how some might be disappointed by the lack of bamboo halls when surrounded by other visitors. I suggest getting there just after sunrise to enjoy it by oneself. The park area is split by an amazing river, I recommend exploring both sides, as there are amazing views everywhere you look.