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A Stroll in the Bamboo Grove (Kansai, Japan Trip 2012, Day 9)

This was an unlucky day for me! Not only that we couldn’t follow our initial plan, my camera dropped on the floor and I couldn’t take any more photos after that.

Our initial plan was to take the Randen Arashiyama Main Line from Shijo-Omiya terminal in Kyoto to Arashiyama Station. Then we’ll walk to the Bamboo Grove via Tenryu-ji (天竜寺). After which we’ll take the Sagano Torokko sight-seeing train to Kameoka Station and take the Hozugawa Kudari boat ride.

However, we didn’t manage to get the tickets to the boat rides as they were all sold out. So we took the Torokko train to and fro and stop at Torokko Saga Station to take the JR line back to Kyoto.

Arashiyama-map

After we dropped off the tram at the Arashiyama Station, we saw that there’s a hot spring foot bath (足汤) at the station and we decided to take a dip. If you are worried about hygiene, don’t worry, everyone needs to rinse their feet first before dipping into the hot spring foot bath. After pampering our feet, we walked along the street dotted with shops selling sourvenirs and food to Togetsu-kyo Bridge (渡月桥). We had buns filled with sakura flavour paste for breakfast and my friend even bought a very pretty looking umbrella!

We then walked to Tenryu-ji and headed for the Bamboo Grove to take a slow walk to Torokko Arashiyama Station.  We then took the Sagano Torokko sight-seeing train to take in the view along Hozugawa River. Too bad I can’t show any photos here as my camera died on me at the bamboo grove. :(

Tenryu-ji

Bamboo Grove

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