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Arashiyama

3 years ago / travel / kyoto / japan

One of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in my life.

It’s funny how life works. When I was planning our Japan itinerary, I was very certain I wouldn’t like Kyoto and even wanted to give Arashiyama a miss (too lazy to get up early and the spa in the hotel was beckoning). But I’m just so glad that I didn’t because it’s truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in my life.

No kidding.

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Arashiyama is the romantic side of Kyoto - here, you can enjoy cool breezes by the river against a backdrop of mountains, with colors that changes with the season. Would love to visit this place again when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom!

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On the way there! Zach actually captured some lovely pictures of the boy and I haha - you can see them here!

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Just arrived!

On first sight, you might wonder what all the fuss is about; the main street and the area around the famous Togetsu-kyo bridge have all the makings of a classic tourist trap. But once you head up the hills to the temples hidden among the greenery, you will understand the appeal.

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But not without first having the best milk ice cream ever…

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Love the boy’s expression here hehe.. shooooo cute!

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One of my favourite parts about Kyoto was inside the Tenryu-Ji temple - a UNESCO world heritage site.

The zen garden has been around since the 14th century and the pond is designed to have a perfect view from any spot.

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This was also where Zach managed to catch another amazing series of the boy - see it here!

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Coming out of the north garden of the Tenryu-ji, you will find yourself in the iconic Arashiyama bamboo grove.

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Surrounded by towering bamboo trees, you’ll probably feel the temperature is several degrees cooler here.

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Pretty Nui :)

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And then we stumbled into this someone’s garden, where this Japanese obasan was selling freshly boiled eggs.

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Just peel off the shell and eat it with a sprinkle of salt - so orgasmic! I so need to do an entire entry just about the amazing eats in Japan.

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Marbles that the boy wanted to get for his magic cards game wtf.

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The end!

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