There's More to Arashiyama than the Bamboo Groves

There's More to Arashiyama than the Bamboo Groves, Kyoto, Japan (B)

The first time I visited Gion and Arashiyama Bamboo Grove was last year, both when it was too late to see anything except for little Japanese yokai popping out of the shadows. Not the best time to visit. This year, a second attempt. Last night: Gion. First thing today: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

It is rush hour in Kyoto Station. I feel like I am in slow motion—everyone around me is a blur of blue or black suits. But I am not the only one in slow motion, there are two little kids in school uniforms with matching hats and bags right in front of me taking their precious time chanting as they climb the stairs: 'Saisho wa gu, jan ken pon!' Sounds just like our own jak en poy! It is the same! They are playing rock paper scissors! I look for my platform and the kids disappear behind a jumble of slacks.

I arrive in Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. There are only a handful of people scattered along the path. Woohoo! This is close to those beautiful photos of the grove I have seen on the internet. I take in the serene surroundings and are thankful I got here before the busloads of tourists arrive. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: There's More to Arashiyama than the Bamboo Groves
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Mustachio Ventures
Read it on Author's Website: https://mustachioventures.blogspot.com/2017/10/arashiyama-kyoto.html
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  • Kyoto Station
  • Tenryuji Temple
  • Togetsukyo Bridge
  • Rakushisha
  • Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street
  • Adashino Nenbutsuji
  • tea house
  • Otagi Nenbutsuji
  • いっぷく処つれづれ
  • Monkey Park Iwatayama

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