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Exploring The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama is a lush, scenic district west of Kyoto which translates directly to ‘Storm Mountain’. During spring and autumn, the titular mountain becomes blanketed in cherry blossoms and autumn foliage respectively. When the wind blows, the dying petals and leaves are whipped...

Serenity and Samurai at the Bamboo Temple: Hokokuji

A tranquil haven linked to an ancient, ruling samurai clan, Hokokuji Temple is a necessity in your Kamakura itinerary. We certainly thought so when we added it to ours. The temple is home to a famous bamboo grove, which boasts over 2,000...