What is the Kimono Forest?
In Kyoto it is very common to see people dressed in the traditional clothes of Japan, the kimono. There is even a rather peculiar place that honors the designs of this beautiful garment. The place is known as “The Kimono Forest”. It is a must-see promenade for people heading to the bamboo forest, located in the Arashiyama area.
The Kimonos Forest is located at Randen Arashiyama Station, which is right next to the main street of Arashiyama, near the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tenryu-ji Temple.
Pillars of the Kimono Forest
A wonderful surprise awaits visitors heading to the station to explore what it has to offer.
Inside the station, bright cylindrical pillars in a variety of colors and patterns are placed in rows like a forest that makes its way through a dreamlike, fantasy land. The pillars are made with dyed fabric using the traditional Kyo-Yuzen technique, a dyeing and printing style used to create the brightly colored Kimono Yuzen in Kyoto.
Around 600 pillars make up the “Kimonos Forest”, creating an impressive and fascinating view of the station.
The visit to the Forest is free. It aims to be a small town to enjoy day or night, with walking trails, small parks, kiosks and even a spa to soak and rest your feet after long walks.
It also houses the “Dragon Pond,” named after the Tenryu-ji Dragon Temple, which serves as the guardian of the station that guarantees everyone a safe trip.
At nightfall the LED lights installed on each of the pillars illuminate the beautiful Kimonos Forest, making this walk even more impressive, creating a journey of indescribable beauty.
At Randen Arashiyama station