The Kimono Forest, Kyoto

Life of Shal_Kimono Forest_8

Hidden away at the Randen Tram Station in Arashiyama is one of Kyoto’s best kept secrets. While from the outskirts, it may seem like just brightly colored cylindrical pillars, it really is so much more than that. If you’re brave enough to trek just a little bit off the beaten path and away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, you will find the hidden Kimono Forest.

Life of Shal_The Kimono Forest_Day

Located on Kyoto’s Keifuky Arashiyama line, the tram station holds close to 600 cylindrical pillars, all lined with acrylic fabric that has been dyed using a traditional Kyo-Yuzen technique. This technique is commonly used by locals to create the famous Yuzen kimonos that are sold in Kyoto. On display you will find a total of 32 different textile patterns.

Life of Shal_The Kimono Forest_Day_1

The Kimono Forest is often missed by travelers who, upon arriving at Arashiyama tend to rush onward in the opposite direction towards the Bamboo Groves. While the beauty of the man-made forest is strikingly beautiful during the day, it is purely magical at night as each pillar lights up with LED lights somewhere between sunset and 9 pm. It really makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into another realm!

Life of Shal_Kimono Forest_1

Life of Shal_Kimono Forest_3

While the design of the forest itself is mesmerizing, wandering further inward will lead you to the Pond of Dragons which is named after the dragon of Tenryuji Temple.

Life of Shal_Kimono Forest_4

This pond is thought to guard the station and all trips to and from here. It is also believed that if you immerse your hands in the water of the Pond of Dragons, your heart will be filled with peace and happiness.

Life of Shal_Kimono Forest_5

Life of Shal_Kimono Forest_6

Worth a shot, right?!

Advertisements

Posted by

Hi World! I'm Shal - an environmental microbiologist, writer, teacher and artist from Durban, South Africa. I've spent the last two years traveling and teaching Chemistry and English to young kids in Asia. Life of Shal was founded as a way to share travel experiences, tips and other worldly magic with you! Join me on my journey!

One thought on “The Kimono Forest, Kyoto

What are your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s