Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Welcome to Arashiyama, Kyoto - Home of the bamboo forests

In mid-November, I went to Arashiyama (嵐山), in north west Kyoto. This area is famous for its bamboo forests and for the beautiful scenery when the leaves start to change colors. Because of the hot summer this year, the leaves had not yet changed when I went, but it was still quite beautiful.

One of the main attractions is this bridge, Togetsukyō (渡月橋). The name means "moon crossing bridge". It lives up to its romantic name in the scenery around it, which is often used in posters in Japan.

The leaves had not yet turned colors when I went, but still, very picturesque. It was a great way to destress from my hectic everyday life.

I went to Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺), which is the main temple of the Rinzai sect o Buddhism. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Arashiyama is also famous for its bamboo groves. This is one of the main walking areas, and it was pretty crowded.
In Arashiyama, you may see tourists going around in these rickshaws.  I'm told that they are quite expensive, but it looks like an interesting experience!

Apparently Arashiyama is not very popular in foreign tourist books, but it is a very popular place in Japan.  If you are looking for a non-touristy place in Kyoto, this may be it.

Hope you enjoyed my visit to Arashiyama!

xoxo, K

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