Kimono Forest, Kyoto

November 2018
A 5 minutes walk from Togetsu-kyo bridge takes us to Arashiyama tram station of the Keifuku Line. It’s located just opposite the main entrance to Tenryu-ji Temple. Towards the back of the station, you will find another type of ‘forest’ that is lesser known. Not as famous as the bamboo forest it’s trying to replicate, this ‘high tech’ forest certainly will be a delight for the eyes and a fantastic photo spot.

Kimono Forest is a collection of cylindrical shaped 2 meters high acrylic pillars with what seems to be in a variety of colours and patterns of kimono designed cloth warped inside it. It is considered a ‘forest’ since the pillars are clustered like bamboo trees in a forest. The pillars are installed over the station grounds and each pillar has a unique kimono design of it’s own. Rather than a forest, it’s more of a mini art installation with rows of colourful columns framing the path way.

Kimono Forest

The Kimono forest are spread around the Keifuku Line tram station.

Kimono Forest

The Keifuku Line Arashiyama tram station.

Kimono Forest

Signboard almost hidden by the Kimono poles.

Kimono Forest

The tram serving the Keifuku Line.

Along the path, you will find the ‘Pond of the Dragon’, which serves as the guardian of the station to ensure safe journey for everyone. The Kimono forest is free to walk through.

Kimono Forest

Beautifully designed Kimono cloth.

Kimono Forest

‘Pond of the Dragon’.

Kimono Forest

Residential houses besides the tram station.

We ended our day of touring attractions in the Arashiyama area at the Kimono Forest. A 10 minutes walk will take you to the JR Saga-Arashiyama station, for the train back to Kyoto.

JR Saga-Arashiyama station

JR Saga-Arashiyama station.

The Romantic Train ticket office

The Romantic Train ticket office just besides the JR Saga-Arashiyama station. The Romantic Train has a station of it’s own, Saga-Torokko.

The Romantic Train ticket office

A retired steam engine outside the Romantic Train ticket office.