A small town located on the outskirts of Kyoto, Arashiyama is a real tourist hot spot. The bamboo forest was the main reason why I wanted to visit the place, as it seems so majestic in photos. But… it was quite a let down though, kinda felt like macritchie replaced with bamboos. Besides that, the town is really beautiful and lucky us the weather was perfect! The town has this “old kyoto” feeling, which I love. There are also so many other activities in town besides visiting the forest. The little stalls along the road offer really good food as well! There is also a monkey forest, but we didn’t visit that. It’s hard to put into words but the place was really breathtaking. Kinda felt like I was in an old school manga? The town is also famous for its beancurd, where most meals are prepared with soya beans. I also heard that the town is really nice to visit at night, for a more chill escape away from the city. Despite all the tourist on the street, the feeling of irritation doesn’t come to you. I guess it’s just the atmosphere of the town, where everything is slow and tied in with their surroundings. A fun fact of Kyoto is that everyone cycles, and it’s a great way to get around town. Bike tours are readily available online but sad to say I didn’t get to go on one… But it’s a real must try when in Kyoto.


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