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.