Sunday, December 8, 2013

Around Arashiyama @ Kyoto, Japan

Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. The Togetsukyo Bridge is Arashiyama's well known, central landmark. Many small shops, restaurants and other attractions are found nearby, including Tenryuji Temple and Arashiyama's famous bamboo groves. Arashiyama becomes most attractive (and busy) around early April and the second half of November when the cherry blossom and fall color seasons usually peak.

Togetsukyo Bridge. The bridge looks attractive with the forested mountainside in the background.

Nice colourful forest during autumn beside the Togetsukyo bridge.

Many vending machines available around Arashiyama area.

Forested mountainside in Arashiyama.

Shop selling udon. I like to look at Japanese menu model as its so cute and look exactly the same as the real meal.

Stall selling sweet rice ball.

Entrance to Jojakkoji Temple.

Traditional looking water drip.

Arashiyama famous bamboo groves.

The bamboo groves is quite touristy.

Crossing the train track to get to bamboo groves.

Having sour plum packed rice here.

Hungry. Taking some soba noodles from a street stall here.

Continue my journey to Kinkakuji via Randen line train.

GPS/Coordinate: 35.010222, 135.681579
Public transport: The fastest way from Kyoto station to Arashiyama is provided by JR Sagano Line also known as JR Sanin Line. The one way ride to Saga-Arashiyama Station takes 15 minutes. OR you can also go to Arashiyama using Hankyu Railways. From Kawaramachi or Karasuma Station in central Kyoto (Shijo Street), take the Hankyu Main Line to Katsura Station and transfer to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line for Arashiyama. Hankyu Arashiyama Station is located on the opposite side of the river which is about a 10 minute walk from central Arashiyama. OR using Keifuku (Randen line) from Kitanohakubaicho Station in northern Kyoto, not far from Kinkakuji, to Keifuku Arashiyama.


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