The Bamboo Musuem in Rakusai Chikurin (Bamboo Forest) Park is located in south west Kyoto city. The museum is a traditional Japanese building and includes an exhibition room, a tea room named “Chikufuken” (available for various uses for a fee), and a terrace from which to view the 5,000m2 bamboo garden. The garden has over 110 living kinds of bamboo from across Japan and is a great place to see the ecology of bamboo and bamboo groves at work. Furthermore, the garden has 350 stone Buddhas that were once used by Nobunaga Oda to build the stone walls of the old Nijo Castle; offering a unique look into Kyoto’s history.
In the exhibition room, you can learn all there is to know about bamboo with displays and even rare Japanese paintings depicting the spread and growth of bamboo shoots in the ground. There are also exhibits about the use of bamboo in products including; Tea ceremony tools, Kendo swords, musical instruments, and even a restored model of a light bulb made by Edison using Madake Bamboo as a filament from 1882. You can also purchase many bamboo products at the museum.
2-300-3 Oekitafukunishi-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto City
- Train: Take the Kyoto City Bus "West 3, West 8" from "Katsura" station on the Hankyu Kyoto line and get off at "Minami Fukunishicho" (in front of Chikurin Park) and walk 5 minutes to the south entrance of Chikurin Park.
- Business Hours
- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm * Admission is until 4:00 pm
Closed Wednesdays (including public holidays), Dec 29th to Jan 3rd
Number of regular vehicles: 22 spaces
Number of large vehicles: 3 spaces