The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the most popular and most photographed places in the city. It’s so popular, it’s quite difficult to get a photo without anyone, that really capture the unique feeling of the place.
The best solution is, of course, to arrive before the crowd. It’s not that difficult as the area is open 24/7.
Alternatively, one can first visit the beautiful Tenryu-Ji Temple and then exit via the north gate to reach the grove. There’s just one main path through the grove so it’s pretty simple. And at the end of it, you’ll find the entrance to the splendid Okochi-Sanso Villa and its gorgeous garden.