Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
This forest is much more than it seems. The lanes of Japan’s bamboo forest hide wonderful surprises at every turn: artists, poets, and painters who often speak English (and are well worth talking to). They don’t push you to buy anything, but their art is worth browsing. After all, what better place to get inspiration? This is the only place in Kyoto where swimming in a sea of tourists feels comfortable. The atmosphere is such a dreamy mix of serene and electric.