When we stepped into the Arashimaya bamboo path leading to the Sagano bamboo forest I immediately fell in love with the place. It was surrounded with lush and soaring bamboo stalks. I haven't seen such natural beauty in quite a time. It was like we were transported into another era. It was just simply fascinating. Sagano bamboo forest is a nice place to visit but bare in mind it tends to get crowded with locals and tourists.
It is said that the bamboo is frequently harvested for manufacturing various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local shops for centuries. (source)
|Tenryu-ji Temple north gate|
|inside the Tenryu-ji Temple|
Just be prepared to embark on a long walk because the place is a little far from the train station. Unfortunately, that's what we did. Oh my goodness, I'm pretty sure I had sweat out an excessive amount of calories. hahaha... But there's a rickshaw for hire if you don't want to waste your time and energy, or you can just rent a bicycle where you can explore at your own pace.
|rickshaw ride along the Arashiyama shopping street|
There are number of temples, shrines, shops and restaurants along the main street of Arashimaya.
|a shop along the main street of Arashiyama|
Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.
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Till next time,