Ever since I’ve been to Hokoku-ji Temple or Take-dera (bamboo temple) in Kamakura(see previous post here), I know that the next step is to visit the world-famous Bamboo Forest Arashiyama in Kyoto.
The season was not perfect (it was another rainy spring day) but it made everything looks like from the movies. Beautiful. I have no words left.
Before we get to the location of Arashiyama, we strolled around a street with different Japanese products and food being sold.
The street leading to Togetsukyo bridge -Arashiyama’s central landmark, a great viewing point for autumn colours and pop of pink trees in spring
Some of the pretty view we passed by going to Tenryuji temple
SO hard to resist these Japanese prints
I’m not really sure what kind of blossoms are these..
Soy doughnut was so good! You have to try!
Everything is just picture perfect – it was drizzling the time we were there so we decided to explore on foot. But if it’s a fine day, I highly suggest renting bicycles. Near Saga-Arashiyama station, there’s a bike rental shop for only ¥1000.
The entrance to Tenryuji temple (a UNESCO world heritage site) cost ¥500 with additional ¥100 on each building you would want to enter inside.
The best dates to visit Arashiyama is first week of April for the full bloom of sakura or second week of November for the fall foliage.
But I’ve thought to be honest any season will do, it was so beautiful even if it was rainy. Also, they have other events such as Hanatoro illumination every December – where they lit up lanterns all around the town.
Standing on the famous Togetsukyo bridge (Moon Crossing Bridge)
As you can see this side of town is really packed. Nothing can stop tourists from enjoying their breaks.
At Arashiyama station of Randen line by Keifuku railways
The end of cherry blossoms season
The birth of another wonderful season