Date: 8th May 2015
It was my last day in Japan for the Spring 2015 trip, and here I am in Kyoto, a city that I would come to love later.
Arashiyama Bamboo Groves
First stop was the Arashiyama Bamboo Groves in Western Kyoto, which can be reached in about 15 minutes from Kyoto Station. From the Saga-Arashiyama station, the famous bamboo groves was just about a 10 minutes walk.
Yes, the bamboo groves are great for picture-taking, but boy, it was overly crowded. There was no way to get a picture without anyone else in it, unless I was here at funny hours.
The next stop however, is a gem! Tenryuji Temple is just beside the bamboo groves. The entrance fee is 500 yen, which seems expensive to some tourist, but I was glad I went in.
It would have been lovely in autumn, but the landscape garden was beautiful on this sunny day nonetheless.