Some parts of the UNESCO zen temple were closed but it was still worthwhile to visit, just for the lively vibe.
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It's one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto. After comparing the photos others took in August of the red maple, I will advise you to come in November. It will be much more fascinating.
After soooo many days of hiking, we welcomed the easy trail at Arashiyama. We started from the bridge, got a coffee (ice cold goodness), and continued to the temple and bamboo forest. The zen garden was my fave but you need to pay for entry.
Bamboo forst and lot of small shops, Kimono rental places and temples. Easily can spent whole day there, walk and eat, hiking to the Mountain!
I know this is a touristy thing ... but .. take a rickshaw ride through the Bamboo Forest. It is an experience and a pleasure. The quietness, the beauty, the energy. The rickshaw company also own a private section of the bamboo forest. The rickshaw...More