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嵐山(モンキーパーク&天龍寺) Arashiyama (Monkey Park & Tenryuu-ji)

On May 24th, 2012, our study abroad class had an optional field trip to Arashiyama in the west side of Kyoto. I heard that it is a little more difficult to navigate around there, but since our professor will be guiding us, there was little reason not to go. We had two destinations in Arashiyama, the Monkey Park (Wiki) and Tenryuu-ji (Wiki).

Our first stop was Arashiyama. After an exchange of trains and buses, we got off of a station quite close to Arashiyama. The station was quite beautiful and while we didn’t have time to linger around, it would be worth exploring.

We took a left and continued walking. This street next to the station was lined with stores and restaurants.

Up ahead is a bridge crossing over a bridge. I took this photo as I was crossing to the other side of the street to catch up with my classmates already walking on the bridge.

This is the view you will see when you look over the right side of the bridge. I believe that this is the Katsura river? I’m not 100% sure.

A few additional shots of the river scenery.

Proceeding on, we are pretty close to the foot of the mountain now.

Looks like a nice place to just sit down and enjoy the scenery. I wonder if you can get a boat ride around here?

In order to get to the monkey park, we need to head through this shrine.

Quite a beautiful path. I love coming across shrines and such, they really give the place an atmosphere.

Looking down at where I had just been standing.

Getting up the mountain took around 10 minutes or so.

Just about to arrive at the monkey park. You can somewhat see its building.

Ignoring the awkward English, apparently we are 160 meters in altitude.

Since I don’t like monkeys, I did not take any photographs of them. Instead, I spent all of my time staring out at the city and taking photos of that instead. The set below pans from left to right, Northeast to Southeast.

Kyoto Tower spotted. How do you feel when you see this scene of urban sprawl? For me, a complex set of feelings well up.

A quick video looking out at the city and turning around for a look at the monkey park.

Climbing a little higher and over looking at the park. The building appeared to have lots of monkeys inside. I did not go inside nor did I let it enter my field of vision for any extended period of time.

After some time in the park, we begun heading back down the mountain. On the way, we came across an old playground that had a really long slide. At the end of the slide, there was a layer of sand on a sheet that made for a hazard. I didn’t slide on it, but none of the males fell while most of the females fell or tripped at the end. If I had went, I wonder if I would have survived… Either way, once we were back down the mountain, the class stopped by a store and while I waited sitting over a ledge over a river, I took this photo.

As we headed towards our next stop, Tenryuu-ji, I spotted this booth selling some cheap ice-cream so I bought one. I’m usually not one for sweets, but vanilla ice-cream is an exception.

Alright, let’s get back on track and proceed on.

Here we are, the entrance of Tenryuu-ji. I cannot really tell you much about Tenryuu-ji since I really don’t know anything. All I did was walk randomly through the garden and enjoying the scenery as I go.

Rather than taking a bunch of photos, I recorded my walk through the garden in video form instead. It is one of the rare videos where you can hear me speak. And damn, I still cringe upon hearing my own voice.

Once we were done with our trek around Tenryuu-ji, we were just waiting for all of our classmates to meet back up before leaving. Since I had time to spare, I took several photos of the beautiful area. Such a stunning view.

The scenery was very tranquil and calming to looking at. From what I faintly remember, my professor talked about a “silent waterfall”, made out of a pile of boulders. It’s hidden behind the leaning tree on the left side in the photo above.

Lots of fish. These are carps, right?

Just sitting on a bench waiting for time to pass.

Once everyone gathered, we made our way out that involved passing through a bamboo grove. I think this was supposed to be a well-known site.

Bamboo after bamboo for as far as your eyes could see.

The bamboo grew quite tall and as a result, gave the place quite an interesting lighting and atmosphere.

The path through the bamboo grove was quite a good distance, so I was able to really enjoy my way through it, rather than it being just a brief scenery. My friend there once again failed to realize that I was not trying to take a photo of him.

This was the official exit if I’m correct. And a little bit pass the exit, I spotted a pretty lonely train station down below.

Back down on ground level, I found this scene to be nice, so I took a quick photo.

Lastly, some extra photos of shrines we passed by.

Overall, it was a fun day. These are places that I normally wouldn’t go to by myself, so I’m glad that I went along. As always, I don’t understand the historical implications. I was just there for the scenery and to expand my knowledge of places in current-day Kyoto.

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