We visited Arashiyama bamboo forest in November 2017. The autumn started changing the colors of leaves, but it seems it didn’t reach the bamboo forest when we visited.
Arashiyama bamboo forest comes on the top of the list of places to be visited in Kyoto. There was a huge crowd when we visited and it was difficult to move ahead with people standing on the pathway to take photos. We could see a lot of tourists from China.