A trip to Japan would not be complete without visiting Kyoto. It’s a city full of enchanting sites and ancient temples rich with spiritual tradition. Not to mention it’s filled with so much natural beauty that it makes it easy to fall in love with.
Are you are limited on time and only have a day to visit Kyoto like me? There is so much to see and do it’s hard to decide where to go! I spent the first half of my day on the outskirts of the city exploring the ARASHIYAMA DISTRICT OF KYOTO.
HOW TO GET TO ARASHIYAMA
From Kyoto Station, get on the JR San-In Line for a 16 minute ride to Saga-Arashiyama Station. From here, you can get a map of the area and will find signs that lead you to the temples and bamboo grove.
If you’re not staying in Kyoto you can do the day trip easily from Osaka if you take the JR train lines.
Arashiyama may look like a tourist trap on the main street, but if you head out to the hills there is plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. The most famous spot which you have probably seen all over instagram are the bamboo groves.
The best time to visit the bamboo forests are early morning/nights on weekdays. Or in the rain like I did. Even thought I was upset when I woke up to rain, I have to say having half the amount of tourists and listening to the rain fall on the bamboo was quite peaceful.
You will be unable to resist taking tons of photos, but you might be disappointed with the results: photos just can’t capture the magic of the place.
GRAB A QUICK SNACK
In between the Arashiyama train station and the Bamboo Forest you will find a little food market with the most delicious Japanese sweet and savory treats. We couldn’t resist grabbing a snack or two.
What is Konnyaku? A rubbery and somewhat flavorless food that appears in certain Japanese dishes. It has a consistency that’s like a savory jell-o that gives your teeth a funny sensation when you bite into it…in a tasty way 🙂