Spring in Japan: Kyoto

Kyoto is still one of my favourite palaces to go – even if it became very touristic lately. When I was a kid, it was much more peaceful than it is today. Unfortunately, it is very crowded, but the scenery is still worth a visit. During my spring journey in Japan, I finally managed to tick off ‘Arashiyama’ from my bucket list. I saw and heard a lot of the famous bamboo forest in Kyoto, but I had never made it there. My friend Rocky knew the Kyoto area very well, so we met up and he showed me all the beautiful places (also non-touristic!) and shrines and temples around Kyoto. So the tour started in Arashiyama and where we had a walk through the bamboo forest, then we took the train to Kurumazaki-Jinja, to have a look at the Kurumazaki Shrine. From there we took the train again to Kitanohakubaicho station, where we had a heavenly walk under the cherry blossom trees just next to the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine. Afterwards, we went to see the famous Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji and last but not least, we went to Kiyomizu to see the Kizomiyu-dera temple. Yes, we did a lot on one day! As I remember, we took the bus for the second half part. We bought a one-day pass (for bus), which was around 600 Yen. For the same price, you can buy a subway one-day pass. I had a super great day and wanted to thank Rocky for being a great guide in Kyoto. Arigato gozaimashita!

Checking the sakura forecastFirst stop was Arashiyama

A mascot was standing in front of the station Taking pictures of sakura Cherry blossoms blooming Ice Cream!! The famous bamboo forest of Arashiyama The Bamboo Forest Trail So pretty, isn’t it? We took the train to our next target At Kurumazaki-Jinja

I love these red tones Some famous Japanese singers were written on the wood
like EXILE or Momoiro Clover Z

Have you ever tried Takenoko (Bamboo Shoot)? Visiting the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)

I found Mokeke at a tourist shop!!! A very peaceful non-touristic palce:
At Kenkun Shrine

The “Stone of Breaking and Bonding”
at the Yasui Konpira-Gu Shrine

Last stop was Kiyomizu-dera



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