Within the grounds of Randen Arashiyama Station is an outdoor art exhibit called the Kimono Forest. The forest is comprised of roughly 600 clear pillars, each of which holds a piece of fabric that has been printed and dyed in the traditional Kyo-yuzen style of kimonos that Kyoto is known for. There are a total of 32 kimono patterns on display and at night the Kimono Forest is illuminated by LED lights inside the pillars. Near the east end of the forest is the Dragon Pond which features a black sphere with a golden dragon engraved on it. Entrance to the Kimono Forest is free and if you’re passing by Randen Arashiyama Station it’s worth taking a couple minutes to quickly detour into the Kimono Forest while exploring Arashiyama.
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