Kyoto Bamboo forest
Arashiyama Monkey Park at Iwata Mountain
The Inari Shrine
On our third day it was raining. But that didn’t deter us. In fact, Kyoto is quite beautiful and fairytale-like when it rains.
At the bakery we found pink sakura pastries for breakfast. Obviously we had to try. YUM!
After breakfast we wanted to explore the bamboo forest and Arashiyama Monkey Park. We took the train to Saga-Arashiyama Station and from there we walked to central Arashiyama. Once there, it was easy to find our way to the forest as there are signs which guide you in the right direction.
Look at my umbrella randomly matching the sakura blossoms
We found a small store selling fresh soybean yuba doughnuts and soy ice cream!
We then headed towards the Arashiyama Monkey Park at Iwata Mountain. I’d done quite a bit of reading about this place and was excited to go. It was a steep walk getting to the top, but once up there – WOW!
It was a misty day, but that didn’t take the beauty away from this place!
The monkeys roam around freely – it’s their mountain after all, we are the visitors
Visitors are allowed to feed the monkey bananas and peanuts, which are sold on site
The Inari Shrine is also extremely impressive. Although we didn’t make it all the way up the hill to the main shrine, it was a great experience. We didn’t make it up, as it gets super busy. I would definitely recommend going either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
Fabulous surroundings for wedding photos
Snack time? I think so! 300 yen for 8 octopus taroyaki balls
Lastly on our list, the Nishiki market. What can I say? Sample everything!!!
Fried fish balls
Fresh or marinated sashimi on a stick
Mochi with a hidden strawberry inside!
Nishiki market is located in downtown Kyoto and is one long street. We walked all the walk to one end – and then back to try more foods! When in Japan; EAT!