Arashiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Plot twist: We didn't went to the infamous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. But guess what? We still did enjoy this trip.

This part of Kyoto is scenic, traditional and quiet. No to very few cars are passing, people are either just walking or riding a rickshaw, women are in yukata, and tall buildings and commercial spaces are nowhere to be found. It's just you and nature.

One word to describe the place: S E R E N E

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Togetsukyo Bridge

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If you want to avoid the crowd at the Bamboo Grove, you may try other activities.
Here are the things we did at Arashiyama that day:

- Shop in Arashiyama Syoryuen

- Eat Japanese traditional food

- Try the matcha x soya soft served

- Visit Otagi-nenbutsuji Temple
which is a little far, and creepy!

- Hozugawa River boat ride
You'll be surprised with the floating store in the Hozu River. Plus, they demonstrate Ukai Cormorant Fishing wherein cormarants (a type of bird) were used to catch fish

- Buy souvenirs such as Kokeshi dolls, wind chimes and handmade canes

- Buy different variants of mochi!

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji

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Floating food store

Ukai Cormorant Fishing

PS: There is also a trivia that unmarried couples who cross the Togetsukyo Bridge together, will not end up together! So do not bring a girlfriend or boyfriend with you. lol


  1. >_< I seriously read it 3x because of the word "breakup" >_< haha!

  2. And I thought breakup means your last post about Japan. What a very sad place indeed. Didn't know place like this exist in Japan despite of its beautiful scenery.

    Vanessa | Ai ♥ Capture Memories

    1. The time when I was there, I also don't have any idea about this breakup thing. Haaaayyy ... Japan is always surprising us. ❤


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