One of the highlights of my trip to Kyoto was Arashiyama. I spent one whole day there as there was so much to do and so much to see. If I only knew that this place will captivate the deepest of my heart, I should have booked a room in this area. I am going back to Kyoto in spring so I will make sure to do that. One day is not enough to capture the whole of Arashiyama’s beauty. I need to come back as there were more scenic spots to explore.
Arashiyama is located in the outskirts of Kyoto. The bus ride from Kyoto Station is around an hour. I took the long route as I wanted to see more of Kyoto. Train ride will be around 20 minutes and the nearest train station is JR Saga Arashiyama. The best time to visit this place is during the cherry blossoms and fall color seasons.
I took more than 1000 photos in this place and sadly, I lost more than half of it. I still have a lot of photos to share though but not enough. I was thinking that I lost the photos because Japan wants me to come back. Like what I have said in my earlier posts, I think I was a Japanese in my past life.
I knew I was already near my destination when I saw this scenery. It looks like she just came out from a manga.
I arrived in Arashiyama at 8am. My first stop was Tenryu-ji Zen Temple.
Lovely Autumn Trees welcomed me
The first thought that came to my mind was to lie down in the sand
The temple was not yet too crowded when I arrived so I felt like this was my own garden
Just look at the burst of colors from up there. It will be more colorful during the last week of November
I wish I was wearing a Japanese yukata and holding a paper umbrella with this in the background
Never seen Koi fish as big as the ones I saw here
Around the pond are some steps where you can see Tenryu-ji from different heights
View from the Top
This trip really made me appreciate nature more than you can imagine
After Tenryuji, I decided to go straight to Togetskuyo Bridge.
The Togetsukyo Bridge (or literally “Moon Crossing Bridge”) is Arashiyama’s most iconic landmark. It was originally built during the Heian Period (794-1185) and most recently reconstructed in the 1930s. The bridge looks particularly attractive in combination with the forested mountainside in the background. A riverside park with dozens of cherry trees is located just adjacent to the bridge.
Togetskuyo in Autumn. I can imagine how beautiful this place will be in Spring!
Lovely view from Togetsukyo Bridge. Thank You Lord for making me see this view
The walking spree begins…but first…COFFEE
This cute store in the corner sells coffee
Cute Japanese Girls! The Black Yukata is so nice!!!
Their Yukatas matched the colors of the scenery
While walking…I saw this handome fellow who looks like Kang Dong Won. The view is just for me so I am only sharing his back lol
Spot the bird
I got hungry
Lunch with a view
Beef Rice Bowl at 600 Yen
I wanted to do the boat tour but I saw that most of the passengers are couples so I decided not to do it. I will come back here with Chung Hwan!
Lovely mother and daughter but what really captured my attention was his shiny legs. For 3000 Yen, they can take you around the temples and other tourist spots around Arashiyama for about 12-15 minutes.
I honestly do not follow a map when I’m travelling alone as I like to discover interesting sights along the way. I was following these two ladies as I would like to take a photo with them then I realized that I was already in Arashiyama’s Bamboo Grove, one of the most instagrammed places in Kyoto. I really don’t need a map lol
I felt my heart leap as I only saw this place in photos before.
Reminded me of one of my favorite movies of all time…The House of Flying Daggers
I kept walking and found myself in Jokkakoji Temple
I was back in the main street and I decided to take a bus to go to check other places in Arashiyama
As I entered this street, I suddenly felt like I will meet Doraemon here. The street looked like Nobita’s neighborhood
I wish I had more time as there’s a lot more to see in Arashiyama. On my next trip, I will visit Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street, do the Saga Scenic Railway and do the Hozu River Boat Tour, Okochi Sanso Villa and Philosopher’s Path.
Some of the kawaii stuff in Kyoto!
See you Again Kyoto!!