Here’s Where You Can Find Baguio’s Bamboo Forest

One of Baguio City’s latest attractions looks like the famous Japanese tourist spot.

We’ve all seen photos of Japan’s famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and dreamt of visiting the place to strike poses for the ‘Gram. But did you know we have a local bamboo forest that looks almost the same sans the hefty airfare and a crowd? St. Francis Xavier Bamboo Forest in Baguio will fulfill your bucket list dreams without traveling abroad.

 

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For a second I thought I was in Japan

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The Bamboo Forest/Eco Park is located in Liteng, Pacdal, Baguio City, a mere 15 to 20-minute drive from Burnham Park. It is under the care of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation in partnership with the Commission on Environment, Diocese of Baguio.

It recently opened to the public in late 2019. Visitors can drop by from 8 PM to 9 PM daily, no entrance fee required. However, everyone is encouraged to donate any amount for the upkeep of the sanctuary.


 

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#nature #bamboo

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Baguio’s Bamboo Forest lets you walk on a narrow path flanked by tall bamboo trees. The red-painted fences will remind you of scenes from Kyoto’s Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. It’s easy to pretend like you’re in another country too since you’re basking in the cooler temperatures of Baguio. You can get away with wearing your autumn/winter OOTD for photos and if you’re feeling a bit extra, you can even wear a kimono!

 

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Japan feels

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Previously, the local government of Baguio had planned on a 1M-hectare bamboo plantation project as “part of the country’s commitment to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to reforest 20M hectares by 2020.” St. Francis Xavier Bamboo Forest is one of the projects under the plan.

Check out more photos from visitors here.

After half a year in lockdown, the Summer Capital of the City has opened their doors to tourists this month. Prior to visiting, visitors are required to register online through the app Baguio Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VIS.I.T.A). As of Oct. 21, 2,841 people registered but there’s still a limit of 200 visitors a day.

For more updates on Baguio tourism, follow Public Information Office – City of Baguio on Facebook.

 

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