Bamboo-zled in Arashiyama

Being a student in Kyoto (or Japan) is such a wonderful and different experience.  One of the perks is that Saga Arashiyama is just a 30-min. (15 if you take the rapid), from the heart of Kyoto.  The fare (JR Saga Arashiyama station) usually costs anywhere between 160-540 yen depending on where you are coming from in Kyoto.

This place just literally awed me when I first visited last year.  It’s like being in a painting of meticulously-manicured bamboo trees.  You will just fall in love.  To cap it all off, there’s a romantic bridge waiting for you at the end which offers breathtaking views of the entire landscape.  Nature-lovers can spoil themselves with the walking trails surrounding the Katsura river.  Now that I study here, I can just zip here for a couple of hours every week and meditate.

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Now you know where the site’s cover photo came from!
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Looks like a painting, eh?
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There are two major temples which you can visit in Arashiyama. This one is Daikakuji Temple and it is simply amazing for momiji viewing.
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Daikakuji has a vast garden which would take about 1-2 hours of your time, especially during momiji season. Yes, the 500 yen entrance fee is super worth it.
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Some shots of momiji, which means maple leaf in Japan.
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However, nowadays it seems momiji is interchangeably used as a noun for the season itself.

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More foliage!
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Tenryuji Temple is the second temple you can visit. It is much smaller than the other but offers a lot for momiji viewing as well.
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Would you look at that color!

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The skies were just about to clear up that day. Here, you can see the majestic Togetsu-kyo Bridge and Katsura River. It gets really packed with tourists during peak season.
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The Hozugawa River cruise costs about 4,000 yen/person.
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Not a lot of tourists know this but there are trails which you can walk either sides of the river. It’s just a 30-min. walk with a temple at the end. The temple itself is okay but it’s the scenery that’s more interesting.
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Another one of Japan’s pristine rivers.

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Nature is at its best in this place.
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I can just spend my entire day here looking at this landscape.
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