Bamboo & Monkeys

Day 12 · Arashiyama, Kyoto Scroll down

By the third day in Kyoto we knew already that everything was pretty spread apart, so we needed to rent bikes to see what we wanted to see.

Onigiri for breakfast!

Onigiri for breakfast!

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Our bikes ā€” even the large one is on the small side.

Our bikes ā€” even the large one is on the small side.

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Cool intersection we came about.

Cool intersection we came about.

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Renting a bike in Kyoto is pretty simple. Put down your name, pay and off you go. We biked for a long time until we got to the mountains and to the Bamboo path, which also has a lot of temples you can take a look to. These are located in Arashiyama, a ward on the outskirts of Kyoto.

Arriving at Arashiyama we were in awe with the landscape.

Arriving at Arashiyama we were in awe with the landscape.

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The bamboo path itself is very unique and pretty. When the wind blows, the sound it makes knocking into each other is almost hypnotic and very relaxing. It’s a unique sight.

Bamboo groves in Arashiyama.

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100 Yen vending machine, can't beat that.

100 Yen vending machine, can’t beat that.

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After the Bamboo path we decided to visit a monkey park where the monkeys run free in their own habitat. We went up the mountains and that’s when we started seeing monkeys everywhere. We could even feed them through a fence – they are a little aggressive with food – and it was a very special experience, to actually feel them touch you.

Beautiful Kyoto view from the macaque park.

Beautiful Kyoto view from the macaque park.

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