Arashiyama is well known in Kyoto as the place of the bamboo forest. However, don't be fooled -- the forest is only one, short pathway, which is pretty crowded with people. While the bamboo is lovely, getting to the forest and exploring around it was my favorite part. We rented bikes from a place across from our hostel in Kyoto and rode all the way there; about a 45 minute ride. It was scenic and easy, and you can ride up to the river which runs around the forest. People are boating or kayaking, or taking some of of the park pathways that go along the edge. It's a great way to make more of Arashiyama, which may disappoint otherwise if you don't know what to expect.