Day Two

From the japan Collection

On our second day, we decided to wake up early and head towards the Bamboo forest in Arashiyama (嵐山). We had to go to Kyoto station to take a local train San-In down towards Arashiyama. It was packed with people, shoulder to shoulder.

Jarques on a packed train.
Jarques on a packed train.

Once we arrived at Saga-Arashiyama station, we began walking up a street that had many souvenier and street food shops. We had our first Taiyaki for a local street vender here for breakfast.

Tasty taiyaki!
Tasty taiyaki!
Read bean is in this.
Read bean is in this.
A vending machine selling beer.
A vending machine selling beer.
And a really huge bottle for some reason.
And a really huge bottle for some reason.
Kirasaga Bamboo Grove 竹林の小径

We got to Kitasaga Bamboo grove (竹林の小径) and as expected it was insanely packed with tourists at 10am. The size of the bamboo in the forest were gargantuan. It felt like they were reaching hundreds of feet into the sky. We followed a nice winding path through the forest until we came out the other side passing through a few temples along the way. They had admission fees so we decided not to bother.

Reid and I at the Bamboo Grove.
Reid and I at the Bamboo Grove.
Reach for the sky.
Reach for the sky.
Tina taking a photo of Jarques taking a photo of me taking a photo of Jarques.
Tina taking a photo of Jarques taking a photo of me taking a photo of Jarques.
One of my favourite shots. Pretty much describes the area.
One of my favourite shots. Pretty much describes the area.

After the forest we headed along its edge, through a park and down to a river which would take us to our next stop, Togetsukyo Bridge (渡月橋).

We found a stop to eat baos.
We found a stop to eat baos.
A sign warning of Monkeys?? A thing to come?!
A sign warning of Monkeys?? A thing to come?!
Along the river.
Along the river.
Reid tries a DEEP IMPACT coffee.
Reid tries a DEEP IMPACT coffee.

Along the edge of the river we found a standalone Arabica. The shop was quite small and encased with glass windows for would-be customers to peer in. Toward the back of the shop is a grinder machine that they actually use to grind the beans.

The iconic %
The iconic %
Arashiyama Monkey Park 嵐山モンキーパーク

With a little bit of walking along the bridge (it was PACKED) we came across something amazing. A sign for a monkey park, the Arashiyama Monkey Park (嵐山モンキーパーク). It was a 20 minute hike up some steep mountain with warnings plastered all along the way.

See the warning about plastic bags? Also no food!
See the warning about plastic bags? Also no food!
The hike up.
The hike up.
Signs like this were all along the way, warning not to do certain things.
Signs like this were all along the way, warning not to do certain things.

At the top of the mountain was the park. There were tons of monkeys free roaming amongst the people. There was a small caged hut that people were allowed in to buy peanuts and apples and we were allowed to feed the monkeys from behind the caged windows.

Monkey on the roof!
Monkey on the roof!
Some areas were off limits to allow the monkeys some peace during breeding season.
Some areas were off limits to allow the monkeys some peace during breeding season.
Monkeys were allowed pretty much anywhere. It was more like the humans were in a zoo.
Monkeys were allowed pretty much anywhere. It was more like the humans were in a zoo.
Monkey hangs along the caged windows of the hut where tourists feed him.
Monkey hangs along the caged windows of the hut where tourists feed him.
Tina feeding a monkey.
Tina feeding a monkey.
Monkey on the roof!
Monkey on the roof!
Caught a glimpse of a baby monkey before he was wisked away by mom.
Caught a glimpse of a baby monkey before he was wisked away by mom.

We headed back down to find some lunch. We ended up stopping at one of the many soba shops Arashiyama Yoshimura (嵐山 よしむら). Lunch was a soba set that included soba noodles, soup and a number of tempura foods.

A cute ghost thing.
A cute ghost thing.
Lunch!
Lunch!
Soba noodles.
Soba noodles.
Tempura.
Tempura.
I think this is marinated vegetables?
I think this is marinated vegetables?

After that we headed back to Kyoto JR to head back to the city. We stopped by a cute gift shop 嵐山ちりめん細工館 and bought some cute thread figures. Once back in Kyoto, we decided to venture in to the huge department store, Yodobashi Camera(ヨドバシカメラ マルチメディア). The place was huge and an assault on your senses. It was loud, bright and filled with all kinds of goods from Luggage to Books to Video Games!

Kappa.
Kappa.
Back at Kyoto station.
Back at Kyoto station.

On the way home, we saw some stray cats just chilling at the nearby temple. We then headed out a bit later for dinner at Gottie's Beef for some good ol steak. We then spent the rest of the night at a beer house CRAFT MAN where I actually spoke Japanese for the first time to tell the bartender that our friends were upstairs. We hung out with Jarques and Tina there before heading back to the AirBnB and turning in.

Stray cats.
Stray cats.
My lychee mojito.
My lychee mojito.
I noticed the Japanese are very keen on labelling exactly what piece of the cow you are getting.
I noticed the Japanese are very keen on labelling exactly what piece of the cow you are getting.
Reid being silly with his meat flag.
Reid being silly with his meat flag.
CRAFT MAN coaster.
CRAFT MAN coaster.
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