A special vist away from the heart of Kyoto - there we saw the bamboo forest with its mystical sounds and colors... followed by the Tenryu-ji temple with loads of hill side azaleas and cherry blossoms, with a very grand koi pond... After that we hiked up the hill (LONG hike, have good shoes) to Monkey Mountain, where we saw and fed loads of japanese monkeys, and a young one playing with the kois in the pond - who appeared to be playing with him also. A blessed place.
A great part of that day trip was lunch at a restaurant called "ARASHIYAMA YOSHIMURA" that was on a path directly next to the river, at the main road. Very comfortable, classy (with private dining rooms, each with garden views) and affordably priced. It impressed me, and the soba noodles were EXCELLENT. Very nice gift shop.
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