Kyoto’s bamboo forests cover the hillsides in a green blanket of spender. Hiking these serene Zen like areas are one of Kyoto’s unique areas and mostly free of tourists. Many are easily accessed via bicycle. Wondering this mythical place one will hear bird calls echoing though the dense forest. Your path will be shaded from the sun by the tall bamboo stalks that sway beautifully in the wind making a most relaxing sound.