I’ve heard that Kyoto is one of the most favourite place to visit by international tourist, when I looked up on internet before I came, I only found castle, temple, castle and temple. Therefore I can’t understand why people love going to castle and temple that much. But after going there, I finally knew why tourist love Kyoto that much.
Arashiyama is northern part of Kyoto, it was surrounded by mountain and river, so it’s both beautiful and peaceful. Moreover, right after you go out from the station, you could find a lot of Japanese snack stall that sell green tea ice cream, dango, fish cakes (this one is literally fish-cake. A cake that shaped like fish, served warm with red bean filling inside. Japanese comic reader must have known this so well). From Kyoto to Arashiyama, I took a really nice-on the ground-tiny train that took about 30 minutes.
As soon as we arrived at Arashiyama, we walked through the street and see this traditonal pedicab, it was surprisingly expensive. Well, I knew that they must’ve suffered so much driving the pedicab, but it just too much to afford. So, I decided to only took picture haha.
The most different sight that you could see, here in Arashiyama is the mother-nature. You could find skyscrapper, lights, high-tower in such place as Osaka, Tokyo or Kobe. But here in Kyoto, I felt like living in a history of japanese old times.
Arashiyama has this famous bamboo forest, well I’ve seen so many bamboo in my life so I was bit not excited about that. But after stepping into the bamboo forest, it really gave you different feeling. It was so much soothing (that day was extremely hot, I was extremely burnt by sun), and since there are so many buddhist temple in Kyoto, there’re lots of Chinese tourist here. Well, chinese people are really everywhere around the world, they have such a good economic growth uh.
How to get here : Osaka (Hankyu Railway) –> Kobe/Kyoto railway –> Arashiyama
After getting around and see lots of stuffs and places in Arashiyama, we decided to go back to Kyoto and go to this unique shrine that has thousands pilar. Fushimi Inari I had to do a bit exercise to reach the whole area, since it was uphill. But fortunately, there are so many shops along the street, so it’s more-less helping me to reach the temple ( I got a lot of free snacks sample too, so it was fun! haha).
When we’re starving, going down from the temple. Out of blue, some high school student came to us, and ask for take a picture together. “Ookaay, why not.” then after that, they started to make a line and ask for our sign. I felt like so much celebrity now, a really popular one, finally I feel this :””” lol.
It turns out that Japanese government has this program for high-scholar to interact and practice their english with foreigner tourist. They have a special book which consist some basic greetings, so they’ll read it aloud while facing us. What a smart program! moreover in Kansai Area, I do facing a lot of language barrier, since they didn’t speak english as much as korean. and I can’t speak japanese as much as i can speak korean. So we ended up talking with our body language, or sometimes I just point to the word that written in Japanese, which called “point and talk” they even provided a book for tourist that has lot of japanese word, without romanized version, so the only thing we can do is literally point it out.
How to get here: Keihan Gion Shinjo Stn –> Fushimi Inari
Our last stop was Kiyomizu Dera which famous for its view from the terrace (Kiyomizu no butai), unfortunately some parts of it was still under-reconstruction when we got there, and we already tired, there are so many people. We just took a short walk and go for dinner.
How to get here: Hankyu Karawamachi stn –> Kyoto municipal bus –> “Kiyomizu-michi” stop
We had dinner in Nishiki Market (that most of the stores has already closed) and spending lot of money at Tokyu Hands. We catches limited express train and back home.