We headed out into beautiful Kyoto to explore the renowned Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. I had been dying to do this ever since I started researching Kyoto about a month before our trip, and the experience was worth it — absolutely incredible.
After the bamboo, we headed back to the Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), which both gorgeous and serene, with its manicured rock gardens, temples, streams and foliage. There’s also a tiny hill you can walk up and get a pretty nice view of the city skyline.
It doesn’t take very long to see the whole park (if you don’t want it to, or you could spend an hour or so meandering around), and afterwards there is a gorgeous little 1.7 mile walk called the Philosopher’s Walk nearby that I would suggest doing as well. The end of the walk will bring you pretty much right out to a bus stop that can bring you right back to the center of town.
The Silver Pavilion inside Ginkaku-ji
An artist making the most of Philosopher’s Walk …
Japan, you were everything I imagined you would be, and also so much more.