Sunday, June 10, 2018

Day 3 - 13 April 2018 - Kyoto : Arashiyama,Tenryu-ji, Kinkaku-ji

One of the highlights of any Kyoto travel itinerary with any tour agency would definitely be Arashiyama.

Breakfast was western style at Cafe Amici at Kyoto Station as we got some discount voucher yesterday.

The burger (690 Yen) was just horrible and too oily and not worth the price paid.

I ordered the grilled salmon set (690 Yen)  which has no sauce to eat with the rice hence I had no appetite. There was not much sauce available too. The salmon set was more expensive than the one we had the first day too.

How to go to Arashiyama from Kyoto Station?

- Take JR from Kyoto Station to Umahori JR Station (JR San-In Line) (25 mins) (8 stops)
- Walk from Umahori JR Station to Kameoka Torokko Station (6 mins)

We have done the opposite way to go straight to go to Kameoka so that we have more chances of taking The Rich cabin of the Sagano Romantic Train which is entirely transparent and we cannot book it. Jon's friend even spent the whole day queuing up to exchange tickets for this cabin. It seems that a mere walk from Umahori and we reached Kameoka train station.

We rushed to the ticket counter as we were already late for the first train which departs at 9.29 am from Sagano. Gratefully, we managed to get the last 2 tickets for The Rich Car No. 5! We were so delighted and beaming all the way.

This is the spectacular view from the transparent cabin

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 

At the last stop of Arashiyama Torokko Station, we walked to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove for 5 mins. You can easily tell you have reached the bamboo forest by just seeing it!

Finally arrived inside the bamboo forest

The last view of Arashiyama bamboo forest

When we were taking photos near the Sakura tree, there was a group of Penangites too! 

The entrance fees for Tenryu-ji garden was 1000 Yen for 2 pax.

At Saga-Arashiyama JR Station

Kimono Gallery - It gets illuminated at night too!

Lunch at one of the stalls near the station 

After browsing everywhere and not wanting to eat too heavy meal, we ended up eating Soba with Pickled Mackerel and whereas Jon ate Yakisoba.

Owls & Bengal Cats Forest 

I saw advertisements of Owl Museum which costs 680 Yen entrance fees (quite costly) which I initially kept on contemplating on whether to enter as I was a little afraid of the owls biting me, but on the other hand, thought when else would I get another chance? I finally went in alone as Jon didn't want to enter.

Tongetsuk-yo Bridge

Along the bridge area, there are a lot of tourists and locals alike. The air breeze is very cooling too and kept blowing my hair away

We took Bus No. 76 straightaway from the front of the JR Saga-Arashiyama heading to Kinkakuji (Golden Temple).

Kinkaku-ji Temple 

When we arrived here in front of tourist shops selling desserts, I could not contain myself from ordering one matcha ice-cream with matcha parfait (600 yen).

After the ice-cream, I still felt hungry and looked for food in the giant Lawrence, drinking my favourite Godiva Hot Chocolate (cold) with some chicken bites

Finally entering Kinkakuji, Entrance Fee at 400 Yen per pax

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