A Journey Through Rakusai’s Bamboo Grove to Uncover Kyoto’s Hidden Gems

KYOTO

Kyoto’s famous for its bamboo scenery, but did you know that there’s more places to enjoy this scenery other than Arashiyama? In this itinerary, we’ll showcase a Kyoto that’s different from what you usually see. Get on a rental bicycle and explore the “Take-no-Michi” bamboo grove without all the usual tourists! If you use a travel pass, you can also explore Kawaramachi on the same day.

START

8:30

Hankyu Osaka-umeda station

Short walk away

Tully's Coffee Hankyu Osaka-umeda 3F

Tully's Coffee Hankyu Osaka-umeda 3F

2.タリーズコーヒー阪急大阪梅田駅3F店

This coffee shop is located within the faregates of Hankyu-Umeda Station. If you’re around in the early morning, grab a bite to eat while gazing at the trains coming and going!

9:15

Hankyu Osaka-umeda station

Approx. 45 minutes by train on the Hankyu Kyoto Line

10:00

Hankyu Rakusaiguchi station

Approx. 5-minute walk

10:05

Cycle Base Asahi Rakusaiguchi

Cycle Base Asahi Rakusaiguchi

3.サイクルベースあさひ

A rental bike store with many different options for you to choose from. If you plan to explore the Bamboo Grove, consider grabbing an electric or road bicycle!

10:20

Cycle Base Asahi Rakusaiguchi

Approx. 20-minute bike ride

10:40

Rakusai Bamboo Park

Rakusai Bamboo Park

4.京都市洛西竹林公園

This museum is dedicated to bamboo. One of its highlights is the stroll garden that surrounds a pond. Here, you can find rare bamboo varieties.

11:35

Rakusai Bamboo Park

Approx. 5-minute bike ride

11:40

The Bamboo Path

The Bamboo Path

5.竹の径

This hidden bamboo forest is located in Muko, famous for its bamboo shoots. It offers a different kind of enjoyment from the one in Arashiyama.

12:10

The Bamboo Path

Approx. 20-minute bike ride

12:30

Cycle Base Asahi Rakusaiguchi

12:42

Cycle Base Asahi Rakusaiguchi

Approx. 3-minute walk

12:45

Kyoto Menya TAKEI

Kyoto Menya TAKEI

6.麺屋たけ井

This restaurant is known throughout Kyoto for its tsukemen dipping noodles which are extremely thick. There are some dishes that you can only eat at the Rakusaiguchi location, so definitely pay a visit.

13:42

Kyoto Menya TAKEI

Approx. 3-minute walk

13:45

Hankyu Rakusaiguchi station

Approx. 15 minutes by train on the Hankyu Kyoto Line

14:00

Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi station

Approx. 1-minute walk

14:01

HANKYU Tourist Information Center, KYOTO-KAWARAMACHI

HANKYU Tourist Information Center, KYOTO-KAWARAMACHI

7.阪急観光案内所京都河原町

A tourist information office just a short walk away from Hankyu Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station. If you need help with transportation or sightseeing, this is the place to visit.

SPOT INFO

14:15

HANKYU Tourist Information Center, KYOTO-KAWARAMACHI

Approx. 5-minute walk

14:20

Kamo River

Kamo River

8.鴨川

This river runs through the urban part of Kyoto. With strolling paths on its banks, it makes for a great place for a leisurely walk.

14:20

Kamo River

Approx. 10-minute walk

14:30

Starbucks Kyoto Sanjo-Ohashi

Starbucks Kyoto Sanjo-Ohashi

9.スターバックス三条大橋店

The perfect spot to gaze at the Kamo River from. In the summer, it turns into a relaxation space, outfitted with decks that you can chill on to escape the heat.

15:40

Starbucks Kyoto Sanjo-Ohashi

Approx. 5-minute walk

15:45

Samurai Kenbu Theater

Samurai Kenbu Theater

10.サムライ剣舞シアター

At this facility, you can experience the traditional Japanese performance art of “kenbu” or sword dancing. With a sword or fan in one hand, take this opportunity to learn more about samurai culture!

17:35

Samurai Kenbu Theater

Approx. 10-minute walk

17:45

Ushi no Hone

Ushi no Hone

11.先斗町うしのほね

This restaurant is hidden in the back alleys of the Ponta-cho district. The most popular dishes here are the beef stew and original tofu, which have been loved since its establishment.

19:20

Ushi no Hone

Approx. 10-minute walk

19:30

Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi station

Approx. 45 minutes by train on the Hankyu Kyoto Line

20:15

Hankyu Osaka-umeda station

END

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