Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan
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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
One of the most photographed places in Japan is this otherworldly grove of towering bamboo. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove on the outskirts of Kyoto is surrounded by temples and shrines along the Katsura River, rising as a manicured oasis of stories-high bamboo that seems to turn the world green. The former villas and temples of the old noble class are located near the Arashiyama Grove, and its single 500-metre path is usually filled with visitors wielding cameras and selfie sticks, making this serene view a rare one.