Tourists Are Ruining Kyoto's Scenic Beauty 

One of the most beautiful spots in Japan is the bamboo grove in Kyoto's Arashiyama. Sadly, tourists have been defacing the natural beauty by carving their names on the stalks.

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Photo: Aeron

If you don't know how beautiful Arashiyama's bamboo grove is, check out this photo Kotaku reader Aeron sent us a few years back.

Or this one (below) reader Shaun sent.

Photo: Shaun

Nature at its best, right?

According to Mainichi, tourists have been carved their names into at least 100 bamboo stalks. Names and initials are written in English, Korean and Chinese.

Please do not destroy the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest by engraving on the bamboo! Update from the news: when people carve or damage the bamboo, the risk is that mold grows in the cracks and can spread through the bamboo turning it black. The Caretakers actually clean each damaged surface with alcohol and try to let the plants heal. But as bamboo, similar to mushrooms, are all connected underground to each other, the risk of infection of untreated plants to other zones is possible. That is why many times the caretakers just cut down the entire plant. Please be responsible and do not touch or damage the bamboo so everyone can enjoy their beauty! (>人<;) #kyoto #kyototrip #kyotojapan #kyoto⛩ #kyoto???????? #japan#japantrip#japantravel #visitjapan #visitjapanjp #ilovejapan #lifeinjapan #japanlife #arashiyama #arashiyamabambooforest #bamboogrove #bamboo #arashiyamabamboogrove #japaneseculture #japanesefood #japanesecuisine #kyotofood #京都#京都旅行#日本旅行#竹林#嵐山#tourismpollution#観光公害

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ANN reports that the cravings increased this past February.

"The visitors might have carved their names to commemorate their trips, but we can't accept such behaviour which could disappoint many other tourists who are looking forward to enjoying the scenery of the forests," a Kyoto city official told Mainichi.

To deal with the damage, Kyoto has been putting green tape over the unsightly engravings, which damage otherwise healthy bamboo, causing it to rot. One official in charge of the area told ANN that there is no other choice but to chop down the defaced bamboo.

This is why we cannot have nice things.


    Not really sure why this is even a problem? After all bamboo grows at a ridiculous rate. Surely it's a non-event.

      Because it is a famous tourist spot and it is being vandalised? Sure it grows at a ridiculous rate but with constant damage to the bamboo, you will forever see words on the bamboo.


      Didn't notice the last image, apparently bamboo will corrode with those scratches and they have to cut off the bamboo. If this keeps happening, there will be no bamboo left :(

      Last edited 20/05/18 2:29 pm

      Only for 2 months ans then it stops growing altogether.

        So cut down the stalk and let another grow?

        I was under the impression it grew and died, grew and died - seasonally.

      It's a problem because no matter how beautiful and pristine something is, some idiot decides it's more important to deface or destroy it so they can literally leave their name on something. Nothing more - just the face they wanted the personalised equivalent of "i waz 'ere", and to hell with whatever the consequences might be.

    It's not just an issue there. Alot of bamboo in tourist spots all over the world have the same problem :-(

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