I took some holdays and went down to Kyoto, a place I hadn’t been to for a long time. I wanted to visit a couple of places I hadn’t been to before, namely Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Fushimi Inari Shrine.

They say every cloud has a silver lining. In fact when I got to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove early in the morning I was the only one there!

I caught the purple Randen train to Arashiyama very early in the morning. It was raining when I left but had cleared by the time I got there and I was able to get some nice photos!

The bamboo grove itself is not very long but is a very calm, relaxing place and the bamboo towering into the sky and forming a tunnel is quite memorable. After that I met up with my family and we took the Sagano Scenic Railway along the Hozugawa River, a nice slow ride in a vintage train from which we could see the river scenery. Upon arriving in Kameoka we transferred to a river boat and took a leisuerly 1.5 hour cruise back down the river to Arashiyama. There were some white water rapids along the way and it was a lot of fun!

That afternnon we went to Kinkakuji (or the Temple of the Golden Pavillion in English). Even though the day was overcast Kinkakuji still looked as beautiful as ever. Some people would say it’s the jewel in the crown of Kyoto. What do you think?

The next day…





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