Arashiyama and Sagano
Visiting Arashiyama and Sagano just outside of Kyoto was probably one of the best parts of the trip. We rented bikes and leisurely biked around the area looking at the natural scenery.
And biked through a forest of bamboo.
Passing by ponds with water lilies.
And hiked up a mountain while listening with Pokemon walking music.
To see monkeys at the top.
And also to be rewarded with a mountain-top view of Kyoto.
In Kyoto, our trip was much more cultural, when we visited the Kinkakuji (金閣寺), a temple with gold-plated exterior walls. It is by a small lake, so one can see a clear reflection of the temple in the water.
In downtown Kyoto, we stumbled upon the Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine. The entrance was illuminated by beautifully lit lanterns.
In the Higashiyama District (if I recall correctly), we saw more of the traditional architecture. Many shops here sell small trinket items and ceramics for tourists and was definitely a huge shift from the modern Japanese metropolis.
Our accommodations was quite traditional as well, complete with sliding doors, floor mats made of bamboo and futons.
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