Today was a bit of a day to recuperate.
We slept in until 7am and didn’t leave the hotel until past 9am. The only place we visited today was Arashiyama, the Bamboo Path. My friend from Japan had told me about this place and I really, really wanted to go. But, after going, to be honest, I was highly disappointed because my imagination of the place was far better than the actual location.
I had thought that you could actually go walk through the bamboo, but they had all of it blocked off behind barbed wire, so it was kind of a struggle to even take any photos.
After going through the path, you hit a river. We ended up watching a couple as they had their wedding pictures taken. Shh, I took one too.
After walking around for nearly 3 hours in downtown Kyoto, we made our way to the shopping mall where we wandered through the vendors for about another two hours. Tired (and sticky from the 90 degree weather, a lot of us got a little sun burned) we made our way back to the hotel where many of us took a quick shower.
I chilled in the AC and read for a few hours before I decided to go and find myself some dinner. We had planned to go out for ramen as a group, but half of them fell asleep. XD
It ended up being about 8 of us who went out for ramen and dessert crepes.
Since we were already in the basement of the Kyoto tower, we decided to pay the fee to go up to the top.
It was pretty cool to see Kyoto lit up at night. We soon left and two of us made our way to the local supermarket. I stocked up on some candy I can’t find in the states but can find here pretty cheap. A pack of the candy I like is around .80 usd here where if I bought it in the US, I would end up paying around 3.25 a pack. The lady looked at me oddly since I bought 15$ worth. Lol.
Anyway, that’s it for Kyoto. Next stop is Mount Koya where we are going to go sleep in the temple with the monks.