Besides being a wonderful city to explore in itself (V and I are already planning to be back, hopefully to spend a month or two actually living like locals), Kyoto makes an excellent base for day trips to other visit-worthy places in Japan. Say, if you’re a green tea addict like me, Uji is the tea capital of Japan. Nara boasts many historic temples and a park that is home to free-roaming deers. We saved those for future trips though, and chose to spend a day in Arashiyama, a touristy district with a pleasant natural setting, where we walked on the iconic Togetsukyo bridge, marvelled at the beauty and serenity of the Tenryuji temple and garden, and walked through the bamboo groves.
Photos by Arnold Hozana