Before I left for my post-grad trip to Japan, I made a list of all the places I wanted to see and the Arashiyama bamboo grove was at the top!
I went in the middle of Japan’s rainy season so when I learned my first full day in Japan might be one of the few without rain, I made the solo, transit trek from Osaka to Arashiyama. Thanks to jetlag, I was able to wake up early and make it there by 8:00am. The town was asleep and I enjoyed the bamboo grove in solitude.
It was more spectacular than I could have ever imagined – pictures could not possibly do it justice. The trees were unbelievably tall and encapsulated the walk ways. I felt like I was walking through a tunnel. I was even able to walk through some of the local neighborhoods. Everything was so green, I couldn’t believe it!
As I made my way back out of the grove, I found the back entrance to a temple with the most beautiful garden – I ended up spending over an hour there. The space was huge! When I left, the rain started – the perfect time to head back into town and have some udon soup. After lunch, I was exhausted, but it was only 2:00pm. I decided to knock another destination off my list and took the bus to Kinkaku-ji. Even in the rain, the golden temple was gleaming!
Satisfied with my progress, I called it a day and stopped for some Japanese-style pudding on my way back to the train station. It was just the first day of my week long adventure!