re: Bamboo Forest

I feel I mention the rain a lot in my posts. On any normal day it wouldn’t be noteworthy, but when you’re travelling it can be very influential in shaping your experience of a place. So as you can guess, it rained on our first day in Kyoto. Coordination issues seem to be a problem plaguing the trip, as Wesley and I ended up at two different stations in Arashiyama that morning. You can do as Wesley did and get the train, although you then have to walk 10 minutes to get to the central part of the district, which is why I would recommend my method of taking the tram as it’s more conveniently located for sights and shops!

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First visiting Tenryū-ji Temple, we paid 600 yen to enter, although I wouldn’t recommend doing this if you’re budget conscious or have little interest in Japanese temples/gardens. It’s very picturesque inside, but you might have to fight with some Chinese tourists to get that perfect shot. Walking through the gardens takes you to the famous Bamboo Grove (don’t worry, you can get to it by taking the longer/less scenic route around Tenryū-ji). I was a little scared of being underwhelmed as my friend, Sandy, was unimpressed on her visit. But I loved it! The density of bamboo was amazing to see, but it is quite a busy area so you might not get the best photograph here.

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Instead, do visit Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple! I came here wanting to see the thousands of Buddist statues, which are incredible themselves, but there’s also a bamboo path here that was deserted when we visited (in fact, there was only one other couple there). It makes a far better location for photographs, and you won’t have the risk of anyone photobombing your new profile picture, heh. Each day in Japan is incomplete without green tea ice-cream and today I mixed it up a little with a green-tea and hojicha (roasted green-tea) swirl. Can someone teleport me back already?

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