Recommendation by Wabisavi
I will be honest with you, the 𝗯𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗼𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 is much overrated. It`s actually very short, and the crowds jamming the path as early as 8am with their tripods and their sorry attempts at taking selfies did not help with the atmosphere (watching some people try so hard was entertaining, though). Going any earlier would probably be pointless, since even at that hour the forest is deep in shadow. I`m not saying you shouldn`t visit this iconic spot, just be warned that 200% of the photos you have seen of it have been heavily photoshopped. (The photo in this post is taken in Arashiyama but at a different location; while a little different, you can take your time snapping beautiful photos in this secluded place 💟🔜 I'll talk about this place in a Arashiyama dedicated list available to followers only, so check back soon!) 📌 𝗧𝗲𝗻𝗿𝘆𝘂𝗷𝗶. At 8:30am a crowd had gathered in front of the temple waiting for the gates to open. I decided to skip right past, and I`m glad I did. The other temples I visited were all quiet and surreal. ♨️ At noon, I was done sightseeing and headed to 𝗙𝘂 𝗙𝘂 𝗡𝗼 𝗬𝘂 hot springs. The bridge was jammed pack with people, but I only had to share the onsen with 2 other ladies. It was fun to slowly enjoy the facilities, jumping from bath to bath. Though I heard the men's side is smaller, the woman's side has 2 indoor baths (normal and milk) and 2 outdoor baths (normal and cold), a sauna, a steam room and free salt scrub. 💸 I got a discount coupon from my hostel, but I'm sure they are available at other locations such as the information booth. 📌 Togetsukyo Bridge 📌 Arashiyama Monkey Forest 📌 Kimono Forest 📌 Kameyama Park 📌 Hogon-in Temple 📌 Suzumushi Temple 📌 Jojakkoji Temple 📌 Nisonin Temple 📌 Giouji Temple 📌 Saga Toriimoto Preserved Street 📌 Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple 📌 Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Arashiyama Higashiichikawacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0002, Japan
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