Monday, 22 June 2015

Day Trip to Arashiyama (Kyoto) 1 of 3

Arashiyama 嵐山 is a stunningly beautiful area located on the Western suburbs of Kyoto.
Easily accessible by train or bus from downtown Kyoto, this place is peaceful and romantic
and the streets are lined with shops, old villas, restaurants and beautiful temples. 
It's best to explore this area on foot so take your time and enjoy 
the breathtaking views and surroundings of this charming little town.
* Do not skip this place when you are going to visit Kyoto.

The enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is one of the most beautiful 
and most spectacular natural sites in Japan.
The bamboo has long been the Japanese symbol of strength and flexibility.
So this forest is thought to be planted to protect the temples from evil.

You can also opt for a rickshaw ride and let it take you around the calm and serene
 Bamboo Forest path or around Arashiyama.

 You can find artistic manhole covers all over Japan and they are custom made for each individual town. This one has "shuriken" (a Japanese weapon in the form of a star used by ninja and samurai) design on it.

Suzu or large Japanese Shinto bell, ringing them is said to call forth positive energy and repel evil.

Shinto worshippers record their prayers or wishes on these ema 絵馬 or small wooden plaques and leave them in the shrine in the hope that their wishes will come true.

Stone wash basin
Shinto worshippers and casual visitors are asked to purify themselves of impurity before praying. 

Fish pancake with matcha mochi filling.
You have to try this, it is so good!

Prawn Stick

Curry Puff


Day Trip to Arashiyama Part 2 of 3

Day Trip to Arashiyama Part 3 of 3

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