My Own Travels
January 4, 2018
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I’ve been going back and forth Japan since I was young, but this is the first time that I visited Kyoto. It was once the capital of Japan and it is located on the island of Honshu. The city is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as beautiful gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. If you are looking to experience the real Japanese traditions; kaiseki dining, geisha, tea ceremonies, this is the place to go.

Our first destination was Arashimaya Bamboo Forest. It was a Saturday and we left Osaka at around 9 am. It was a bit late already so, the bus driver informed us that the traffic might delay us. True enough, we got to Kyoto at around 11 am. There were some activities going on and we saw some people riding the rickshaw and I supposed they were headed to the Bamboo Grove as well.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the top sights in Kyoto. The long line of towering bamboo trees is amazing and it’s like you’ve stepped in another world when you are amidst these gigantic bamboos. We didn’t get to explore the grove as we were short of time and we needed to head back to our next destination.

There were too many people on that day and you have to wait a while before you can cross the famous Arashimaya Bridge.

You’ll never grow hungry in Arashimaya as street food vendors are all over the place. It was almost lunch time when we got there, but instead of eating in a restaurant, my family decided to try out the street food.

 

We all went back to the bus with happy tummies then headed to Ryōan-ji, a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto. While at the bus, we noshed on some Cherry Blossom flavored Mochi and Chestnuts. See how big their chestnuts are.

Their chestnuts are very sweet and soft. So far away from the ones we buy here. The best I’ve tasted!

Ryōan-ji Temple

What I love about autumn is the beautiful colors.

After exploring Ryōan-ji Temple, we headed to Kinkakuji Temple. So watch for it on my next post.

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